University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Peterson-Townsend Family Papers, 1915-1992 (bulk 1938-1944)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Peterson family
Title: Peterson-Townsend Family Papers
Dates: 1915-1992 (bulk 1938-1944)
Abstract: Consisting of correspondence, certificates, financial documents, printed materials, photographic materials, diaries, and scrapbooks, the Peterson-Townsend Family Papers, 1915-1992 (bulk 1938-1944), concern the lives of Everett Vinson Peterson, particularly his military career during World War II; his wife Frances "Bunnie" Rice Peterson; and their daughter Carolyn Clifton Peterson Braselton Townsend.
Accession No.: 2001-050, 2016-142
Extent: ca. 5 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Hinsdale, Montana, and raised in Alexandria, Minnesota, Everett Vinson Peterson (1915-1944) graduated from high school in 1933 and joined the Minnesota National Guard. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1939 with a degree in Business Administration. In 1940, Peterson volunteered for active duty and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Two years later he married Austin native Frances "Bunnie" Rice (1922-1946) who had lived in Dallas for most of her life before attending college at the Texas School of Mines in El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin. In January 1944, Peterson was sent overseas with the Battery B 197th Antiaircraft Battalion and died on D-Day, June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach. His body was repatriated from St. Laurent, France, in Sept. 1947 and buried at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

The year of her father's death, Carolyn Clifton Peterson (b. 1944) was born in Austin. After her mother died in 1946, she lived with her aunt, Mrs. Charles Braselton Jr., in Fort Worth. Carolyn attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1966 as a Phi Beta Pi sister, and married Peyton Lambeth Townsend, Jr. of Dallas in 1969.


Scope and Contents

Consisting of correspondence, certificates, financial documents, printed materials, photographic materials, diaries, and scrapbooks, the Peterson-Townsend Family Papers, 1915-1992 (bulk 1938-1944), concern the lives of Everett Vinson Peterson, particularly his military career during World War II; his wife Frances "Bunnie" Rice Peterson; and their daughter Carolyn Clifton Peterson Braselton Townsend. Correspondence, certificates, printed material, a college expense book, photographs, and scrapbooks illuminate Everett's experience at the University of Minnesota, military service in Europe from 1941 to 1944, and death at Omaha Beach. Frances' papers, dating primarily from 1938-1946 and chronicling her college years and married life, consist of correspondence, diaries, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, and other documents. Letters, diaries, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs, and other papers concern Carolyn's college years at the University of Texas and her personal life before marriage. The collection also includes material relating to Everett’s parents, his siblings, and Peterson family friends.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of photographic negatives by appointment only; please contact photo archivist for more information.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Peterson, Everett Vinson, 1915-1944 -- Archives
Peterson, Frances "Bunnie" Rice, 1922-1946 -- Archives
Townsend, Carolyn Clifton Peterson Braselton, b. 1944 -- Archives
Peterson family -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
University of Texas -- Students -- History -- 20th century
University of Minnesota -- Students -- History -- 20th century
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Peterson-Townsend Family Papers, 1915-1992 (bulk 1938-1944), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4Zf297 Everett V. Peterson
Personal:
Correspondence (143 leaves):
Frances (Bunnie) Rice Peterson, 1942-[1944]
Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Peterson, undated, 1942-1944
Siblings, 1943-1944, 1994
Letters of condolence, [1944]-1946, undated
General, 1941-1942
Printed Materials (32 items):
Clippings, undated, 1942-1947, 1984
Yearbook, 1933
Religious books, 1927
General, 1941, undated
College expense book, 1938-1940
Memorial, 1944
Ernie Pyle story, undated
Certificates, 1933-1942
Photographs, 1916-1917, 1933-1944
Scrapbooks, undated
Military:
Printed Materials, 1933-1944
Official Documents and Reports, 1938-1943
Financial documents, 1942
Gun book, 1941
Book, In the Bucket with the 197 Anti-Aircraft (SP) Battalion, by Patrick Lewis, Independent Publishing Corp., (account of Peterson's death on p. 95), 2007
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2.325/D41e Oversize:
Certificate, [1915]
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4Zf299 Platoon photographs
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2.325/D17g Scrapbooks
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4Zf297 Frances "Bunnie" Rice Peterson:
Correspondence (84 leaves):
Peterson family, undated,1944
Rice family, undated, 1942-1943
Condolence letters, 1946, undated
General, 1922, 1937-1944
Diaries, 1933, undated
Printed Materials:
Clippings
Wedding books, 1942
Fraternity books, 1924-1925
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4zf298 Records, 1929-1942
Rice family printed material, 1934-1943, undated
Photographs, [1944], undated.
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4Zf299 Oversize:
Scrapbooks
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2.325/D41e Records
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4zf298 Carolyn Clifton Peterson Braselton Townsend
Letters, 1952, 1966
Diaries, 1954-1962
Scrapbooks
Charles W. Braselton Jr. Living Trust, 1992
Printed material, 1962, undated
Records, 1944-1970
Photographs, 1944-1946
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2.325/D17f Oversize:
Scrapbooks--Paschal High School
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2.325/D17h Scrapbooks--University of Texas, Spring 1965
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2,235/D17i Scrapbook--McLean Jr. High School
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2.325/D41e Photograph
Unidentified photographs