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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Edward H. Garnett Correspondence, 1942-1943



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Garnett, Edward H.
Title: Edward H. Garnett Correspondence
Dates: 1942-1943
Creator Abstract: Edward H. Garnett served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, training in San Antonio, Texas in 1942 and Victoria, Texas in 1943.
Content Abstract: The collection comprises correspondence between Edward H. Garnett and friend Arlea Newman. The correspondence dates from October 1942 to March 1943, while Mr. Garnett served in the Army Air Corps.
Identification: MS 56
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (95 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Edward H. Garnett was from Warrensburg, Missouri. He joined the Army Air Corps in October, 1942 and was sent to San Antonio, Texas for training. He was classified as a pilot, rather than a navigator or bombardier and went to preflight training. In February 1943, he was transferred to Victory Field outside Vernon, Texas to continue his training.

Ms. Arlea Newman was a friend of Mr. Garnett's from Independence, Missouri. Shortly after he arrived in Texas, Mr. Garnett asked Ms. Newman to come to Texas and marry him. Garnett wrote letters to her almost daily until she left Missouri for Texas in March 1943.

Garnett's parents saw Ms. Newman on a regular basis at their home in Warrensburg. His parents also kept him informed about his young son, Daniel, from a previous relationship. The boy lived with his mother near Garnett's parents.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises correspondence between Edward H. Garnett and friend Arlea Newman. The correspondence dates from October 1942 to March 1943, while Mr. Garnett was in the Army Air Corps. Garnett was stationed at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center near Kelly Field (later Kelly Air Force Base) and Victory Field in Vernon, Texas.

The letters discuss the couple's plans to marry and Garnett's desire to have her move to Texas to be with him. Garnett also describes his daily routine as a cadet. His son, Daniel, from an earlier relationship is also mentioned. Garnett frequently wrote two letters to Ms. Newman; one to share with their families and a second for her alone to read. Garnett sometimes also enclosed letters from other people that he wanted Ms. Newman to read.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Edward H. Garnett Correspondence must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Garnett, Edward H.
Newman, Arlea.
Organizations
United States. Army Air Forces. San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center.
Subjects
Air pilots--Texas--Correspondence.
Soldiers--Texas--Correspondence.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Vernon (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Local Subjects
Military

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward H. Garnett Correspondence, 1942-1943, MS 56, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a purchase from Charles Apfelbaum in 1997 (Acc. 1997-010).

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann, August 1999.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, October, 1942
2 Correspondence, November, 1942
3 Correspondence, December, 1942
4 Correspondence, January, 1943
5 Correspondence, February, 1943
6 Correspondence, March, 1943

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