Finding Aid for Phillip Santonocito Second World War correspondence 2017.156.w.r

Benjamin Stevens
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Philip Santonocito Second World War correspondence
Creator: Sandgren, Russell A.
source: Lowenstein, Richard
Identifier/Call Number: 2017.156.w.r
Physical Description: .10 Linear Feet
Date: 1943
Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence of Russell A. Sandgren who sent twelve letters to Philip Santonocito during the Second World War, as well as one photograph, five cards, and six sketches.
Language of Material: English .
Container: WWII 62
Container: 8
Container: 1

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Lowenstein


This collection is arranged in the original order it was recieved.

Biographical / Historical

There is no early life biographical information for either Philip Santonocito or Russell A. Sandgren. Later in life, Mr. Santonocito worked as a grade school music teacher in New York.

Preferred Citation

[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Philip Santonocito Second World War correspondence (2018.156.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains no envelopes, so the specific dates and locations the letters were written are unknown. It appears someone wrote a year date on some of the letters at some point after they were written, but it is not clear who might have done this and when. One letter was dated when it was written in 1944 during training.
The correspondence describe the life of Russell A. Sandren, United States Army during the Second World War, whos rank is unclear. Russell wrote about his training and his desired occupations. One of the letters he wrote from England and described the local people. He was trained as a low speed radio operator, but he claimed in another letter that he was assigned to production illustration. It is uncertain which job he eventually was assigned to. Throughout the correspondence, Russell wrote about his development and work as an artist. In his spare time he sold portraits, claiming to have made $100 in a single day.

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Armed Forces -- Correspondence
Art and war
Arts, American
Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
Greeting Card
Military education
Military sketching
United States -- Army -- Signal Corps
United States. -- Army.
World War (1939-1945)
World War (1939-1945) -- Homefront
World War (1939-1945) -- London -- Personal Narratives
Santonocito, Philip
Lowenstein, Richard