Guide to Perley Earl Pendleton correspondence M2362

Malgorzata Schaefer
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
September 2018
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Perley Earl Pendleton correspondence
creator: Pendleton, Perley Earl
source: Michael Brown Rare Books
Identifier/Call Number: M2362
Physical Description: 0.8 Linear Feet 2 MB
Date (inclusive): 1915-1940

Biographical / Historical

Rear Admiral Perley Earl Pendleton (1897-1964) was born in Concord, New Hampshire. He was the son of Fred and Nellie Pendleton. In 1916 Pendleton entered the US Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1920. He was made Lieutenant Commander in 1936, Commander in 1941, Captain in 1942, and Rear Admiral sometime before 1950 when he retired. Pendleton married Mary E. Willis (1899-1996) on May 26, 1923 in Concord, New Hampshire. The two had at least two children, twins by the name of Brian Willis Pendleton and Mary Lois Pendleton, who were born March 16, 1931.

Scope and Contents

Materials consist of 124 letters, mainly from Pendleton to his fiancée Mary E. Willis (later Mrs. Mary E. Pendleton), 17 telegrams, 1 used postcard and 1 used envelope. Also includes two letters written to Mary E. Willis by "Sister Louise" and "Sister Peggy," one letter by Pendleton to his daughter Mary Lois, two written to "Jean E. Pendleton" by "Brian" and "Don," and one written to "Dear Sister" from "One of the Sisterhood." The letters written by Pendleton were written from various places he was stationed at while serving in the military, including a number of ships. The letters include much of the social life of an officer and his wife, parties, dinners, and other engagements, difficulties of long distance family life, especially with children. There is also much on his naval career as he rises in the ranks and takes on more responsibilities on ships and as a captain of a ship and the various activities of the ships he serves on.

Conditions Governing Access

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2018. Accession MSS 2018-293.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Perley Earl Pendleton correspondence (M2362). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Pendleton, Perley Earl
Michael Brown Rare Books

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undated, circa 1915-1923

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Miscellaneous letters

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Telegrams, 1916-1938