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Richard N. Doolittle Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2015-085-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence to and from LT Richard N. Doolittle, USN and his wife, Ruth Doolittle, other authors and ephemera during the Second World War. An inventory of the collection, with summaries of letters written by the donor, was included.

1 correspondence inventory

279 correspondence, from Richard N. Doolittle to Ruth Doolittle

13 correspondence, from: Ira Lloyd Stanley, Gene L. Berry, Ted Doolittle, Mary and Don McGregor, Mrs. W.F. (Aleen) Klawiter, Mother, Bob McGrath, Lorraine and Ray Johnson

10 papers, including draft cards, receipts, and railroad tickets

4 newspaper clippings,

3 ephemera, including a bridge score card, a menu, and a poem


  • 1940-12 - 1945-05

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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Lieutenant Senior Grade Richard N. Doolittle, United States Navy and his wife Ruth Doolittle are from Pierre, South Dakota. Doolittle worked for the United States Geological Survey when he was drafted in July 1941. He was sent to train in Washington D.C.; Norfolk, Virginia; and other bases until his unit arrived in Port Hueneme, California. He began his military career as an Ensign in the 44th United States Naval Construction Battalion (CB's or Seabees) and was deployed to New Hebrides (Vanuatu) in the South Pacific in March 1943. His unit eventually left and deployed to Manus, an island in the Admiralties chain in May 1944 where he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. They returned to the US, California, in January 1945 where he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the 46th Naval Construction Regiment by March. That unit deployed to Okinawa but the correspondence collection ends before his departure.


1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

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This collection consists of original correspondence from LT Richard N. Doolittle, USN to his wife, Ruth Doolittle, during the Second World War, as well as various correspondence to the Doolittles before the war began and some ephemera from time spent overseas. Also included is a summary inventory created by the donor that lists dates, summaries, and locations of each letter in the collection.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Series 1, Inventory

Series 2, Correspondence from Richard N. Doolittle

Series 3, Correspondence to Richard and Ruth Doolittle

Series 4, Papers

Series 5, Clippings

Series 6, Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald G. Sluti.
finding aid for the Richard N. Doolittle Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States