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Fred Arnolt Letters

by Arnolt, FredMitscher, Joe (1932 – 1966)

2 boxes (1 linear feet)

The Fred Arnolt Letters were written primarily between 1933 and 1945 from Arnolt, who was a merchant marine in the Isthmian Lines and later served in the Navy Construction Battalion "Seabees," to his parents in Metuchen, New Jersey. From 1942 to 1943, he worked as a technician and engineer for Spencer, White, and Prentis Incorporated in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Iran, and other government-censored locations. Also included are several letters from Joe Mitscher to his wife that are dated 1966; Mitscher wrote about being bloodthirsty and his love for his wife. The attached letters are transcribed.

Identifier: SC2014.049
Repository: Special Collections
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Walter Gustafson Letters

by Gustafson, Walter (1943 – 1944)

2 folders (0.2 linear feet)

Walter Gustafson's letters detail his work on Abadan Island, Iran (likely for the oil company that became British Petroleum) between 1943 and 1944. Gustafson began in the United Kingdom, traveled to Cairo, Egypt, and spent several months in Iran. Through several extensive letters sent to his sisters in Chicago, Illinois, Gustafson provided detailed descriptions of the local people and their customs, as well as the several week voyage back to the United States beginning with the Persian Gulf and Suez Canal. Much of the content written is self-censored and he frequently told his sisters that he would tell everything when he returned. The correspondence includes photographs, as well as one postcard of Gustafson by the Tigris River.

Identifier: SC2013.079
Repository: Special Collections
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