Guide to the Richard H. Bryant Collection, 1943-1945

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Richard H. Bryant Collection
Dates: 1943-1945
Identification: SC/CRB
Creator: Bryant, Richard H., 1906-1977
Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Richard H. Bryant served in the US Army in the Pacific theater during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star. While serving overseas, he corresponded via V-mail and regular post with his sisters Wava and Beverly in Florence, South Carolina, his younger brother James, and numerous other friends and family members both at home and overseas. The letters include news from South Carolina, especially the local church, gasoline rations, women in the workforce, media coverage of the war, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fourth presidential campaign.
Note:
This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika Manders.

Biographical Information:

William H. Bryant served in the US Army in the Pacific theater during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star. While serving overseas, he corresponded via V-mail with his sisters Wava and Beverly in Florence, South Carolina, his younger brother James, and numerous other friends and family members both at home and overseas. V-mail, short for Victory Mail, was used extensively during World War II in order to conserve the weight and size of correspondence exchanged between servicemen serving in the European and Pacific theaters and their families on the home front. Soldiers wrote on special V-mail letter sheets, which were then censored, microfilmed, and shipped. After arriving in the United States V-mail letters were re-printed at 60% of their original size and sent to their destination.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera
Paper records

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Richard H. Bryant Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Correspondence, 1943-1945
Series II: Personal Papers, 1943-1945

Scope and Contents

The Richard H. Bryant Collection consists of letters written to Major Richard H. Bryant while he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The majority of letters are authored by his sisters Beverly and Wava, schoolteachers living in South Carolina during the war. He also exchanges letters with his brother James, referred to as "J.O.B.," friends Millie and Scott, girlfriend Eleanor "Norsey" Grant, and others both at home and overseas. The collection is divided into three series: Correspondence (1943-1945) and Personal Files (1943-1945).
Series I, Correspondence, consists of original V-mail, or Victory Mail, and Airmail correspondence sent to Bryant by family, friends, fellow military members, and his girlfriend, Eleanor "Norsey" Grant, while he was stationed in the Pacific. The V-Mail letters include news from South Carolina, concerning subjects such as the local church, gasoline rations, women in the workforce, media coverage of the war, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fourth presidential campaign. In letters exchanged with his brother and friends in other branches of the service he heard about conditions in the European theater, especially in Italy, and Clemson University's 1944 football season. Bryant and his friends also gossip about friends being promoted, getting married, and one who was arrested after arranging a botched abortion for his girlfriend. The v-mail, having been reproduced from microfilm, is around 60% of the original letters' size.
Series II, Personal Files, consists of items saved by Bryant related to his service in the military, including medical clearances, financial documents regarding bonds and claimed property, moving orders for Bryant while in the Pacific, addresses, and newspaper clippings.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Correspondence, 1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 1

August-December 1943

Box 1, Folder 2

January 1944

Box 1, Folder 3

February 1944

Box 1, Folder 4

March 1944

Box 1, Folder 5

April 1944

Box 1, Folder 6

May 1944

Box 1, Folder 7

June 1944

Box 1, Folder 8

July 1944

Box 1, Folder 9

August 1944

Box 1, Folder 10

September 1944

Box 1, Folder 11

October 1944

Box 1, Folder 12

December 1944

Box 1, Folder 13

March-May 1945

Box 1, Folder 14

June 1945

Box 1, Folder 15

July 1945

 

Series II: Personal Files, 1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 15

Addresses and Business Cards

Box 1, Folder 16

Financial and Claimed Property Documents, 1943-1944

Box 1, Folder 17

Medical Clearances, 1943-1944

Box 1, Folder 18

Military Moving Orders, 1945 July 1

Box 1, Folder 19

Newspaper Clippings

Box 1, Folder 20

Russian Stamps