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Doolittle (Richard N.) Second World War Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Richard N. Doolittle Second World War correspondence
    source: Sluti, Donald G.
    Identifier/Call Number: 2015.085.w.r
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1940-12-1945-05
    Abstract: This collection consists of original correspondence from Lieutenant Senior Grade Richard N. Doolittle, United States Navy to his wife, Ruth Doolittle, during the Second World War, as well as various correspondence to the Doolittles before the war began and some ephemera from time spent overseas. Also included is a summary inventory created by the donor that lists dates, summaries, and locations of each letter in the collection.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries
    Container: 1-2

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Donald G. Sluti.


    This collection is arranged by material type.
    Series 1, Inventory
    Series 2, Correspondence from Richard N. Doolittle
    Series 3, Correspondence to Richard and Ruth Doolittle
    Series 4, Papers
    Series 5, Clippings
    Series 6, Ephemera

    Biographical / Historical

    Lt. Richard N. Doolittle, USN and his wife Ruth Doolittle are from Pierre, South Dakota. Doolittle worked for the United States Geological Survey when he was drafted in July 1941. He was sent to train in Washington D.C.; Norfolk, Virginia; and other bases until his unit arrived in Port Hueneme, California. He began his military career as an Ensign in the 44th United States Naval Construction Battalion (CB's or Seabees) and was deployed to New Hebrides in the South Pacific in March 1943. His unit eventually left and deployed to Manus, an island in the Admiralties chain in May 1944 where he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. They returned to the US, California, in January 1945 where he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the 46th Naval Construction Regiment by March. That unit deployed to Okinawa but the correspondence collection ends before his departure.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title], Richard N. Doolittle Second World War correspondence (2015.085.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection contains correspondence to and from Lt. Richard N. Doolittle, USN and his wife, Ruth Doolittle, other authors and ephemera during the Second World War. An inventory of the collection, with summaries of letters written by the donor, was included.
    1 correspondence inventory
    279 correspondence, from Richard N. Doolittle to Ruth Doolittle
    13 correspondence, from: Ira Lloyd Stanley, Gene L. Berry, Ted Doolittle, Mary and Don McGregor, Mrs. W.F. (Aleen) Klawiter, Mother, Bob McGrath, Lorraine and Ray Johnson
    10 papers, including draft cards, receipts, and railroad tickets
    4 newspaper clippings,
    3 ephemera, including a bridge score card, a menu, and a poem

    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

    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War II
    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Northern Mariana Islands -- Tinian.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Caricatures and Cartoons
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Homefront
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Hospitals
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Phillipines -- Mindanao Island.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Phillipines.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda
    United States Navy
    Doolittle, Richard
    Sluti, Donald G.