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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hoffman, Albert W., 1901-1975
Title: Hoffman, Albert W., Papers
Dates: 1919-1975, 1995-2008
Abstract: Comprising correspondence, photographs, personal papers, military records, press clippings and research documents, the Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008, chronicle Albert Hoffman’s career in the US Army and the Texas National Guard.
Accession No.: 2014-213, 2016-104
OCLC No.: 897922177
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Albert William Hoffman was born on September 14, 1901, to a German family settled in Texas since 1854. His father, Gustav Adolph Hoffmann, worked in the meat market in San Antonio and San Angelo before moving with his family to Brownwood, Texas. Hoffman enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1919, serving in different locations in Texas and Alabama. In 1926 he enrolled in the Texas National Guard for a short term. That same year he married Adelaide McKee and settled in Brownwood on a property given to him by his parents as a wedding gift. During the following years, Hoffman re-enlisted several times while also developing a career at the U.S. Post Office.

Major Hoffman went to Europe in spring 1944. He remained in England until the D-Day invasion but was wounded in the battle of Saint-Lo, Normandy, on July 1944 and was sent back to England for hospitalization. While recovering, Hoffman spent some weeks somewhere in Worcestershire before being sent back to his division, which by then had advanced to Germany.

In the postwar National Guard, Hoffman took the oath of office as Lieutenant Colonel on October 1946, and as Colonel on August 1956. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment, for ten years beginning in 1946. Hoffman retired from both the Post Office and the National Guard in the fall of 1961 and died in April 1975.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, photographs, personal papers, military records, press clippings and research documents, the Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008, chronicle Albert Hoffman’s career in the US Army and the Texas National Guard.

The letters, sent home from Europe during 1944 and 1945, document the daily routine of an American officer on the French front and his eventual hospitalization in England, where he participated in Red Cross-arranged trips. Photographs of this period are also included. His son David R. Hoffman in a volume titled “I’ll Be Home for the Christmas Rush” published a transcription of these letters in 2009. His research on Hoffman’s career is covered by the collection’s research documents.

Also included in the collection are a large number of Hoffman’s personal documents, Texas National Guard documents, military and Veterans Administration records, and press clippings.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hoffman, Albert W., 1901-1975--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. National Guard
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945 -- England

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, November 2014.

AR 2016-104 was added by Colleen Hobbs, April 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3U122b Correspondence, 1930-1948, undated
V-mail, 1944-1945
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2W78a Photographs, 1943-1944, 1961, undated
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3U122b Photographs, circa 1960s
Personal Documents 1919-1975
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2.325/D39a Texas National Guard Appointment Documents, 1931-1934
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3U122b Personal Documents, 1931-1957
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3.235/D18e Personal Documents, 1936-1961
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3U122b Press Clippings, 1934-1975
Publications
"Unit Journal 142nd Infantry," May 5, 1941
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2AA46.2 "Yank, the Army Weekly," August 6, 1944
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3U122b Research Documents, 2007-2008
Texas National Guard Clippings, 1950-1959, undated
Texas National Guard Papers, 1919-1975
Veterans Administration Papers, 1941-1995

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