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Jack P. Bell Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-160-w-rd

Scope and Contents

This collection is available online in Chapman University's Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.chapman.edu/bell_collection/

This collection contains 600 correspondence between Pvt. Jack P. Bell, USA and Evabel Bell during the Second World War. Also in the collection are V-mail, postcards, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, an engraved lead strip, and other documents. There is also one letter written by Jack's sister and another letter by an unknown author.

Jack P. Bell was a private with 78th Signal Company, 78th Infantry Division of the United States Army drafted in late 1942 and discharged March 1946. The majority of this collection contains correspondence between Jack P. Bell and Evabel Bell. Before they married on March 1, 1941, Evabel's maiden name was Golechen. Most of their correspondence consisted of topics dealing with the homefront such as friends and family, their love for each other, jobs and employment. Jack often described his daily activities while in training.

Dates

  • 1936 September 11 - 1946 February 22

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Private Jack P. Bell, United States Army (9/13/1918 - 7/4/2005) served with 78th Signal Company, 78th Infantry Division of the United States Army, drafted in late 1942 and discharged March 1946.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (6 document boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains 600 correspondence between Pvt. Jack P. Bell, USA and Evabel Bell during the Second World War. Also included are greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and other documents.

Arrangement

The Jack P. Bell World War Two correspondence collection is arranged by author, in chronological order.

Series 1, Correspondence from Evabel Bell (1936 - 1946)

Series 2, Correspondence from Jack P. Bell (1943 - 1946)

Series 3, Correspondence from Jack P. Bell's sister (1945)

Series 4, Documents (1941-1946)

Series 5, "Little Things" book

Series 6, Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Shari Bell Christian
Title
Finding Aid for the Jack P. Bell Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
John Carlo Encarnacion
Date
11/24/2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States