Finding Aid for the Richard N. Doolittle Second World War correspondence 2015.085.w.r

Andrew Harman
Center for American War Letters Archives
6-1-2016
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866
speccoll@chapman.edu


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.

Arrangement

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.

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