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Hubert A. Spurgin Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-094-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence written by Private Hubert Albert Spurgin, United States Army, to his wife, Jean B. Spurgin, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Spurgin in Craig, Colorado during the Second World War. Hubert Spurgin was a private in the Army and served at least some of his duty in North Africa. This collection also contains postcards, war ration books, guides to North Africa, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, especially articles and cartoons by war correspondent and editorial cartoonist William Henry "Bill" Mauldin.

  • five V-mail letters
  • five war ration books
  • one mileage rationing record
  • one military receipt for delivery of gasoline
  • one booklet of 10 postcards of North Africa
  • one Atlas of World War II 20th Commemorative Edition
  • two copies of Soldier's Guide to Sicily
  • one Language Guide to North Africa
  • one Pocket Guide to North Africa
  • onebooklet by Bill Mauldin titled Mud, Mules and Mountains,1944, with introduction by Ernie Pyle and autographed by some men who served with Spurgin.


  • Majority of material found within 1942 January 1 - 1944 December 12
  • 1942 - 1965

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.


.3 Linear feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains letters, travel materials, ephemera and news clippings from Pvt. Hubert A. Spurgin, USA.


This collection is arranged by material type and date.

  • Series 1: Correspondence
  • Series 2: Travel materials
  • Series 3: Ephemera
  • Series 4: Newspaper clippings
  • Series 5: Bill Mauldin materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Jean Spurgin Baca. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.

Finding Aid for the Hubert A. Spurgin Second World War correspondence
Sharon Clairemont
June 14, 2016
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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