Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Lucas World War II

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lucas, Margaret
Title: Lucas World War II Collection
Dates: 1930-1951
Accession No.: MA08.3
Quantity: 1/2 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

The Lucas World War II Collection is a collection consisting primarily of correspondence between the Lucas family and sweethearts of Margaret Lucas. The family included husband Harvie and wife Margaret and the children Margaret and Harvie, Jr..

The siblings Margaret and Harvie, Jr. lived in Abilene and Dripping Springs, Texas in 1934. The daughter Margaret Lucas lived in Dallas, Texas in 1942-1943, and she lived in Utah in 1944-1945. H.O. Lucas, while stationed in California, wrote to his sister Margaret.

"Danny" Danner was stationed in Bonham, Texas and wrote to his sweetheart Margaret Lucas from 1942-1943. The letters convey the lifestyle of a military man during World War II and describe his workouts and training on aircraft. The letters also describe the heartfelt emotions between young sweethearts.

Harry Schaffler was stationed in Louisiana and Texas and wrote to Margaret in Utah from 1944-1945. He also describes some of his training at the base camp and his homesickness and longing to be with his sweetheart. He later moved to Camp Ritchie, Maryland and then Florida. The letters convey how Americans moved around the country while training for the military.

Margaret Lucas worked for the city of Dallas as the chief tax office cashier. She married Everett Roy Francis on March 9, 1948.

Scope and Contents

The Lucas World War II collection is arranged in three series. The first series consists of correspondence and is further divided into six subseries. The first subseries is correspondence between the siblings H.O. (Harvie) Lucas and Margaret Lucas. H.O. Lucas wrote the letters from California to Dallas, Texas from 1942-1943. The second subseries includes correspondence between "Danny" Danner and Margaret Lucas. "Danny" wrote the letters from Bonham, Texas to Dallas, Texas from 1942-1943. The third subseries consists of correspondence between Harry Schaffler and Margaret Lucas. Harry wrote these letters from Texas, Maryland, and Florida to Margaret in Utah from 1944-1945. The fourth subseries includes correspondence from the father Harvie Lucas to his son and daughter (Harvie, Jr. and Margaret) in the year 1934. The fifth subseries includes miscellaneous correspondence to Margaret Lucas from the years 1930-1949. The sixth subseries includes miscellaneous correspondence from the years 1932-1951. The second series includes miscellaneous items in the collection. The third series includes newsletters: Octopuss, The Flyer, The Messenger, Wavepac, and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Margaret Lucas
Family Names:
Dallas (Tx.)
Bonham (Tx.)
Clearfield (Utah)
Ogden (Utah)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA08.3,Lucas World War II Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Rehan Walgama

Detailed Description of the Collection


Correspondence 1930-1951

H.O. Lucas to sister Margaret Lucas
Box Folder
1 1 1942-1943
"Danny" Danner to Margaret Lucas
Box Folder
1 2 1942-1943
Harry Schaffler to Margaret Lucas
Box Folder
1 3 1944-1945
Correspondence to siblings Margaret and Harvie
Box Folder
1 4 1934
Miscellaneous Correspondence Addressed to Margaret Lucas
Box Folder
1 5 1930-1949
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box Folder
1 6 1932-1951



Box Folder
1 7 Miscellaneous/Various
8 Photograph of Grocery Store likely in Jim Town in Oak Cliff
9 Hawaii Maps and Hawaiin Vocabulary


Newsletters 1945

Box Folder
1 10 Newsletters 1945