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Fitzgerald (Mary G.) Second World War and Korean War Correspondence
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  • Content Description

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Mary G. Fitzgerald Second World War and Korean War Correspondence
    source: St. Clair, Rae Ann
    Identifier/Call Number: 2015.113.w.r
    Physical Description: .833 Linear Feet (2 document-boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1914-11-1957-07-18
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence written to Mary G. Fitzgerald from various senders during the Second World War. Also included are photographs, a baby book, and various periodicals.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives
    Container: Fitzgerald 1
    Container: Fitzgerald 2


    This collection is arranged by type and date: Series 1 - Correspondence to Mary G. Fitzgerald; Series 2 - Periodicals; Series 3 - Photographs; Series 4 - Newspaper clippings; Series 5 - Ephemera; Series 6 - Baby book.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Rae Ann St. Clair (rec'd. October 2015).

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Mary G. Fitzgerald Second World War correspondence (2015.133.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection contains correspondence written to Mary Gain Fitzgerald from several of her former students during both World War Two and the Korean War.
    Mary was an English teacher at Heatly High School in Green Island, NY. As one of her former pupils states: ". . . the guys on the ship here can't get over me writing to my school teacher. I guess they never had a teach like you . . ." (Carlie G. Whitaker, letter dated 13 March, 1952). Mrs. Fitzgerald--occasionally referred to a "Fitzy"--seems to have made quite an impression on several of her students, keeping in touch with them after they had joined the service.
    Most of the letters include the tidbits from the soldiers' day-to-day lives (training, leave, work, etc.) and questions about the folks back home. In one letter, however, a former student, Francis X. Howle, Jr., reflects on an essey he was required to write for Mrs. Fitzgerald's class: "I remember once you had us write an essay on 'Americanism,' now after actual experience, I know just what we were trying to bring out in that essay" (letter dated 7 June, 1944). He goes on to describe the environment of comradery and support he witnessed in a locker room after a boxing match put on by and for the servicemen: "In the room were the men who only a few minites [sic] before were throwing hooks, jabs and uppercuts at each other . . . each one was advising the of [sic] his shortcomings, giving him some ring advice and every soldier present was telling his former opponent what a great guy he was and what a swell fight he put up . . . At that moment, I wished the whole world could be looking in and listening . . . That, lady, is good sportsmanship. And more than that, its Americanism."
    Also included in this collection are several periodicals, newspapter clippings, and photographs as well as a baby book belonging to John F. Gain, Jr., Mary's brother.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Homefront
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    Correspondence -- Korean War -- 1950-1953
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    St. Clair, Rae Ann
    Fitzgerald, Mary Gain, 1909 - ?