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  • Historical Background
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Peters (Shannon L.) Correspondence
    Date: 1968-1969
    Collection Number: Ms78
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: The Shannon L. Peters Correspondence includes two hundred letters between Manteca, California, resident Shannon L. Peters, his wife, Velma L. Peters, and their eight children in 1968 and 1969, while Peters served in the Vietname War. The letters afford insights into emotional strains that American military families experienced at that time.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], Shannon L. Peters Correspondence, Ms78, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Historical Background

    A native of Iowa, Shannon L. Peters (1922-2010), served in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War. After it ended in 1945, he moved to Manteca, California, where he resided for the next sixty-five years, thirty-five of which he worked at the nearby Tracy Defense Depot. In 1968 and 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, Peters served in the U.S. Army Supply Depot at Qui Nhon, Vietnam.

    Scope and Content

    Included in this collection are two hundred handwritten pieces of correspondence between Shannon L. Peters, his wife, Velma L. Peters, and their eight children, Brenda, Geneva, Steven, Karen, Sharon, Leila, Stella, and May, written in 1968 and 1969. Members of the family express affection for each other and discuss events at work and home. The letters are arranged in chronological order.

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Manteca (Calif.)--History
    Peters, Shannon L. (1922-2010
    Peters, Velma L. (1923-2004)
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975