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Doolittle (Richard N.) Second World War Correspondence
2015.085.w.r  
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folder 1

Series 1, Inventory

Physical Description: 0.025 Linear Feet(1 folder)

Scope and Contents

This series contains one inventory list of all correspondence contained in the collection, along with locations, dates, to/from information, and short summaries of each individual correspondence.
folder 2-10

Series 2, Correspondence from Richard N. Doolittle 1942-11-1945-05

Physical Description: 0.75 Linear Feet(9 folders)

Scope and Contents

This series contains 279 letters and postcards from Lt. Richard N. Doolittle, USN to his wife Ruth Doolittle during the Second World War. The letters begin while he is in training as an Ensign in 1942 and continue through his deployment in 1943 to the South Pacific with the 44th United States Naval Construction Battalion in New Hebrides and Manus islands. The correspondence continues until his arrival back in California in 1945 where he was promoted to Lt. Senior Grade and end before he was deployed to Okinawa.
folder 11

Series 3, Correspondence to Richard and Ruth Doolittle 1940-12-1942-12

Physical Description: .025 Linear Feet(1 folder)

Scope and Contents

This series contains various letters from different authors to Lt. Richard N. Doolittle, USN and his wife Ruth Doolittle before and during his military training, from December 1940 to December 1942. The inventory of this series includes:
10 letters, Ira Lloyd Stanley, Gene L. Berry, Ted Doolittle, Mary and Don McGregor, Mrs. W.F. (Aleen) Klawiter, Mother, Bob McGrath, Lorraine and Ray Johnson, 2 postcards, Ted Doolittle, unknown, 1 empty envelope, Ted Doolittle.
folder 12

Series 4, Papers 1940-1944

Scope and Contents

This series contains papers from Lt. Richard N. Doolittle's US Navy experience overseas during the Second World War as well as some material mailed during his military training. Inventory:
1 invoice, L.E. Breuninger and Sons, Inc., September 30, 1942,
3 credit receipts, The Washington Loan and Trust Co., Washington D.C., November-December 1942,
1 railway receipt, Railway Express Agency, October 24, 1942,
1 railway receipt, freight bill, Chicago and North Western Railway Co., November 25, 1942,
1 notice of arrival, Chicago and North Western Railway Company, November 28, 1942,
1 repair order, auto repairs, James Motor Co., November 6, 1942,
1 notice of classification, Selective Service Local Board Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Richard N. Doolittle, December 4, 1940,
1 paper, "Short Course to Rotation," with Doolittle's name and information, includes tips on being a gentlemen after returning home
 

Series 5, Clippings

Scope and Contents

This series contains newspaper clippings pertaining to the death of Lt. Doolittle's father, Walter Schuyler Doolittle.
4 newspaper clippings, death and funeral of Walter S. Doolittle (father), 1941
 

Series 6, Ephemera

Scope and Contents

This series contains ephemera from Lt. Doolittle's time in the US Navy. Inventory:
1 score card, bridge, most pages missing,
1 poem, on thin paper,
1 program and menu, All Engineers Dinner, May 18, 1942