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Edward F. Rivinus Jr. Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017-314-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and other materials sent by Maj. Edward "Ted" Rivinus, USA to his wife Esther "Teddy" Rivinus while he was stationed in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War. Rivinus wrote letters almost every day, and many of them are packed with information about the North African campaign and his day to day life as an Army officer overseas. Upon his arrival with the artillery at Cassino in Italy, Rivinus writes of his increasing role in the warfare around him, for example his experiences of bombing raids in the middle of the night by German fighters and his experience with nearly being shelled in his foxhole on the beach at Anzio. He also frequently asks after his children, Martin and Nina, and writes about the exploits of his colleagues, Frazier, Ty, Si, and many others.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1943 August 16 - 1945 August 31
  • 1944 August 16 - 2017 May 2

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

Major Edward "Ted" Florens Rivinus, Jr., United States Army (11/27/1915 - 1998) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up and went to school in New England until an asthma condition forced his family to relocate him to Arizona to attend the Evans School for Boys, a prep school known as a haven for the wealthy east coast jet set. He attended Princeton University and enrolled in ROTC. Upon his graduation, he joined the 166th field artillery battalion of the Pennsylvania National Guard. After the war, he worked as a Foreign Service officer and after his retirement, worked for the Smithsonian Institute. He died in a car crash in 1998.

Extent

0.75 Linear feet (1 carton)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence and other materials sent by Maj. Edward "Ted" Rivinus, USA, to his wife Esther "Teddy" Rivinus while Edward was stationed in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.

  • Series 1, Correspondence from Edward Rivinus, Jr. to Esther Rivinus
  • Series 2, Correspondence to Esther Rivinus, various authors
  • Series 3, Correspondence to Edward Rivinus, Jr., various authors
  • Series 4, Correspondence from Edward Rivinus, Jr. to Mrs. Draper
  • Series 5, Correspondence to Edward Rivinus, Sr., various authors
  • Series 6, Clippings
  • Series 7, Publications
  • Series 8, Biographical information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Andrew Rivinus, the Edward F. Rivinus family

Title
Finding Aid for the Edward F. Rivinus, Jr. Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Lorraine Shaller
Date
2/22/2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States