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Clazie Family Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017-424-w-r

Content Description

The Clazie Family correspondence includes letters written to and from members of the Clazie family during the Second World War. The collection offers insight into varous aspects and events of the war, including the London Blitz, the role of Navy Seabees during the war, and information about activities in the Pacific Islands.

The majority of the collection is composed of letters from Navy Seabee George Clazie to his wife Dorothy in Oakland, California. George served in Pearl Harbor, starting in late 1942, and also spent time in various places in the Pacific Islands, including Funafuti, Nukufetau, and Makin. He also served on the Tinian Islands at the end of the war. His letters describe the B-29's taking off from Tinian to bomb Tokyo.

Over a period of three years, Clazie's letters track the progress of the war and describe events in the various places he was stationed. The letters also discuss news events including the Port Chicago disaster and the incident involving the Liberty ship Henry Bergh, which ran aground on the Farralon Islands. In one letter, Clazie explains why he feels Franklin Roosevelt should be elected to a fourth term.

There are also Seabee newsletters that Clazie sent to his wife during the war.

The collection also includes letters from civil servant Christine Robertson, who lived in London during the war. In letters to her daughter, Florence Clazie, Robertson writes about the Blitz and the effect that the war and bombings are having on her.


  • 1937 March 5-1996 May 7
  • 1942 March 5-1945 April 12

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.


2.27 Linear feet (2 cartons, 1 document box)

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The Clazie Family collection includes correspondence to and from members of the Clazie family during World War II. The majority of the collection is composed of letters from Navy Seabee George Clazie, who served in Hawaii and the South Pacific during World War II. There are also letters from civil servant Christine Robertson to her daughter Florence Clazie about life in London during the war.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence from George Clazie to Dorothy Clazie -- Series 2: Correspondence to George Clazie -- Series 3: Other Correspondence to Dorothy Clazie -- Series 4: Correspondence to Florence Clazie -- Series 5: Correspondence from Florence Clazie -- Series 6: Correspondence from Blair Hamilton to the Clazie Family -- Series 7: Navy Seabee newsletters -- Series 8: Military records -- Series 9: Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Stephen Clazie

Legal Status

Donor retains any copyright and related rights. For more information, consult original donation form.
Finding Aid for the Clazie Family Second World War correspondence
Rob Strauss
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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