Guide to the World War II San Diego State College Servicemen's Correspondence Collection

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2008-01-14
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Guide to the World War II San Diego State College Servicemen's Correspondence Collection 1941/1945

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: World War II San Diego State College Servicemen's Correspondence Collection
Dates: 1941-1946
Identification: MS-0369
Creator: Post, Lauren Chester, 1899-1976
Physical Description: 4.59 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: askscua@mail.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791
Note:
Other Information:
Additional information may be found at http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/nas/streaming/dept/scua/SPECCOLL/Collections/WWIIServicemensCorrespondence/AztecNewsletterComplete.pdf

Biographical Information:

A native of Rayne, Louisiana, Lauren Post was professor of geography at San Diego State from 1937-1969. He was educated at the University of California and Louisiana State University, and taught at San Francisco State and at Louisiana State before coming to San Diego State. Post is remembered for his Aztec News Letter in which he corresponded with Aztec servicemen and women during World War II.
Immediately after Pearl Harbor and as the War progressed, Aztec students were soon scattered all over the globe, disconnected and separated from their college, their friends, their loved ones, and their former lives. In the spring of 1942, Dr. Post, a veteran of World War I, decided to try a "news service experiment" intended to provide information about the locations of current and former Aztecs dispersed around the world. The Aztec News Letter thus became a crucial lifeline throughout the War for Aztec servicemen and women facing difficulty and danger wherever they were stationed. Lauded as one of the first of its kind in the nation, the Aztec News Letter premiered in May of 1942 and was released monthly until its 48th issue in March of 1946. By then, The Aztec News Letter circulated to more than 3,000 service and home front readers. The project and the letters that made it possible would forever characterize the Aztec spirit during wartime. Not only are the letters historically significant; they also offer a unique perspective about San Diego State during a global crisis.

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name:

San Diego State College--Alumni and alumnae--Correspondence
San Diego State University--Faculty--Correspondence

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Personal Name:

Adams, Jane Ford--Correspondence
Adams, John R., 1900-1994--Correspondence
Post, Lauren C.--Correspondence

Topical Term:

World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, World War II San Diego State Servicemen's Correspondance Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

John Adams Papers, 1919-1987 (Series 4: Personal)
Lauren C. Post Papers, 1917-1977
Omega Xi Newsletter, 1943-1945 (Uncataloged Periodicals, Series: University Archives)
The Aztec News Letter, 1942-1946
Information about related materials is available at https://ibase.sdsu.edu/view-item?key=R3siTiI6MTcsIlAiOnsiaXRlbV90eXBlcyI6Mn19&pg=17&WINID=1429728069277#y1I6MkZYtUIAAAFM4m8D7w/271454

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ten boxes of correspondence received from servicemen, servicewomen, and their families during the Second World War. The collection contains letters sent to Lauren Post for his information in compiling the San Diego State College Service Men's News Letter, which later changed its name to The Aztec News Letter. Many of the letters contain red pencil markings, indicating that a specific line or paragraph was to be included in the newsletter. By the end of the War, The Aztec News Letter was circulated to over 3,000 service and homefront readers.
The collection has over 5,000 individual letters, the vast majority handwritten originals, arranged chronologically by year then alphabetically within folders according to the last name of the author. Some letters with no dates, partial or unreadable names, or that were unsigned are at the end of the collection. A full run of the Aztec News Letter is also part of the collection. Also of interest in the collection is a World War II servicemen's guest book.  Between 1943 and 1945, the guest book was kept in the campus cafeteria so that returning servicemen could sign the guest book and write short messages about their experiences abroad and about their happiness returning to campus.
A comprehensive database of the correspondence has been prepared with searchable fields, including Last Name, First Name, Date, Location, Keywords, Notes, and Letter Content Description: ibase.sdsu.edu

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

1942 A

Box 1, Folder 2

1942 B

Box 1, Folder 3

1942 C

Box 1, Folder 4

1942 D

Box 1, Folder 5

1942 E

Box 1, Folder 6

1942 F

Box 1, Folder 7

1942 G

Box 1, Folder 8

1942 H

Box 1, Folder 9

1942 J

Box 1, Folder 10

1942 K

Box 1, Folder 11

1942 L

Box 1, Folder 12

1942 M

Box 1, Folder 13

1942 N

Box 1, Folder 14

1942 O

Box 1, Folder 15

1942 P

Box 1, Folder 16

1942 R

Box 1, Folder 17

1942 S

Box 1, Folder 18

1942 T

Box 1, Folder 19

1942 V

Box 1, Folder 20

1942 W

Box 1, Folder 21

1942 Y

Box 2, Folder 1

1943 A

Box 2, Folder 2

1943 Ba-Bo

Box 2, Folder 3

1943 Br-By

Box 2, Folder 4

1943 C-Ca

Box 2, Folder 5

1943 Ce-Ch

Box 2, Folder 6

1943 Ci-Cy

Box 2, Folder 7

1943 D

Box 2, Folder 8

1943 E

Box 3, Folder 1

1943 F

Box 3, Folder 2

1943 G

Box 3, Folder 3

1943 H-He

Box 3, Folder 4

1943 Hi-Hu

Box 3, Folder 5

1943 I

Box 3, Folder 6

1943 J

Box 3, Folder 7

1943 K

Box 3, Folder 8

1943 L

Box 3, Folder 9

1943 M-Mc

Box 4, Folder 1

1943 Me-Mu

Box 4, Folder 2

1943 N

Box 4, Folder 3

1943 O

Box 4, Folder 4

1943 P

Box 4, Folder 5

1943 Q

Box 4, Folder 6

1943 R

Box 4, Folder 7

1943 S-Sl

Box 4, Folder 8

1943 Sm-Su

Box 5, Folder 1

1943 T

Box 5, Folder 2

1943 V

Box 5, Folder 3

1943 W-We

Box 5, Folder 4

1943 Wh-Wu

Box 5, Folder 5

1943 Y

Box 5, Folder 6

1944 A

Box 5, Folder 7

1944 Ba-Bl

Box 5, Folder 8

1944 Bo-By

Box 5, Folder 9

1944 Ca-Ch

Box 5, Folder 10

1944 Cl-Cu

Box 6, Folder 1

1944 D

Box 6, Folder 2

1944 E

Box 6, Folder 3

1944 F

Box 6, Folder 4

1944 G

Box 6, Folder 5

1944 Ha

Box 6, Folder 6

1944 He-Hu

Box 6, Folder 7

1944 I-J

Box 6, Folder 8

1944 K

Box 6, Folder 9

1944 L

Box 6, Folder 10

1944 M-Mc

Box 7, Folder 1

1944 Me-Mu

Box 7, Folder 2

1944 N

Box 7, Folder 3

1944 O

Box 7, Folder 4

1944 P-Q

Box 7, Folder 5

1944 R-Ric

Box 7, Folder 6

1944 Rid-Ry

Box 7, Folder 7

1944 S-Sl

Box 7, Folder 8

1944 Sm-Sp

Box 7, Folder 9

1944 St-Sw

Box 7, Folder 10

1944 T

Box 8, Folder 1

1944 V-Wa

Box 8, Folder 2

1944 We-Z

Box 8, Folder 3

1945 A-B

Box 8, Folder 4

1945 C

Box 8, Folder 5

1945 D

Box 8, Folder 6

1945 E

Box 8, Folder 7

1945 F

Box 8, Folder 8

1945 G

Box 8, Folder 9

1945 H

Box 8, Folder 10

1945 I-J

Box 8, Folder 11

1945 K

Box 8, Folder 12

1945 L

Box 8, Folder 13

1945 M

Box 9, Folder 1

1945 N-O

Box 9, Folder 2

1945 P-Q

Box 9, Folder 3

1945 R

Box 9, Folder 4

1945 S

Box 9, Folder 5

1945 T-V

Box 9, Folder 6

1945 W

Box 9, Folder 7

1945 Y-Z

Box 9, Folder 8

1946 A-L

Box 9, Folder 9

1946 M-Z

Box 10, Folder 1

Partial Letters

Box 10, Folder 2

Unidentified / Partial Names

Box 10, Folder 3

No Date

Box 10, Folder 4

Partial Date

Box 10, Folder 5

Correspondence from Lauren C. Post 1944

Box 10, Folder 6

Correspondence from the Office of Censorship 1943-1944

Box 10, Folder 7

Correspondence from Veterans' Organizations 1945

Box 10, Folder 8

Correspondence to Mrs. Byrne of the Aztec Alumni Newsletter 1946

Box 10, Folder 9

Correspondence with Edward C. Graves, Librarian at Humboldt re: Humboldt's newsletter January 1944

Box 10, Folder 10

Correspondence from the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) January 31, 1945

Box 10, Folder 11

List of Potential News Letter Recipients

Box 10, Folder 12

News Clippings 1945

Box 10, Folder 13

News Letter Address Postcard

Box 10, Folder 14

Press Releases 1944-1945

Box 10, Folder 15

"Slightly Under the Weather" Poem by Don Fields

Box 10, Folder 16

V-Mail Envelope

Box 10, Folder 17

Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Personnel Sheets c. 1944

Box 10, Folder 18

Aztec News Letter May 6, 1943 - November 1, 1943

Box 10, Folder 19

Aztec News Letter December 1943 - March 1, 1945

Box 10, Folder 20

Aztec News Letter April 1, 1945 - March 1, 1946

Box 10, Folder 21

Aztec News Letter (Bound) May 1942 - December 1944

Box 10, Folder 22

Aztec News Letter (Duplicates) May 1945 - March 1946

Box 11, Folder 1

Aztec Servicemen's Guest Book 1943-1945

Box 11, Folder 2

Aztec Servicemen's Guest Book 1943-1945