Collection processed by Leigh Johnsen
2016 San Joaquin County Historical Society
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95241
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Peters (Shannon L.) Correspondence, 1968-1969

Collection number: Ms78

San Joaquin County Historical Society
Processed by:
Leigh Johnsen
Date Completed:
2016
Encoded by:
Leigh Johnsen
2016
San Joaquin County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

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.

Access Points

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