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Frank R. Snyder, Jr. Korean War correspondence

 Collection — Box: Snyder 1
Identifier: 2017-613-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one letter written to Frank R. Snyder from his sister Florence (Snyder) Irving during the Korean War. The letter seems to be written on wallpaper and is 18 inches wide and 10 feet long, featuring 16 artists' renderings of pin-up girls along the side. Florence writes a majority of the letter, with small paragraphs near the bottom written by their father and their sister Shirley Mae. It is unknown what rank or branch of service Frank was in but Florence make a comment that he is in Germany.

In the letter, Florence details her life and the events and people in her town. She talks about working in a hospital as well as about her two children, Sammy and Sandy. She discusses mundane things such as who quit their jobs, who is working where, who is dating or marrying who and who is having children. She talks about how much of a handful her son Sammy is but says that he remembers Frank for “Every time he see’s a soldier in the news on television he said ‘My Uncle Junior’s a soldier huh? Mama.’” Florence also talks about how the man that lived on the corner of their street died. She talks about how six years ago the man was picking up his daughter in Detroit when their car was hit by a train. The daughter was killed and the man was paralyzed for six years and was in the hospital. It had seemed like he was going to be able to come home so his wife was preparing for it but he died. She also comments that the steel workers are on strike again so Sam, who is believed to be her husband, is out of work, stating, “The dam steel workers. I wish they would soon makeup their minds as to what they are going to do.”

She then talks about a man named Bob Holmes, calling him a “stinker” and saying “People like him should be drafted but their not. They only want the best.” She then goes on to say, “He is a drunk all the time and when he ain’t drunk he’s home beating his wife. She has left him so many times, but he always feeds her a line a mile long and she goes back with him.” She ends her section of the letter to talk about measles and how she hopes that her kids do not get it. Then the father writes a paragraph in black then blue ink.

The father talks about working, fixing the yard, and how he needs to replace many parts in his car but he cannot afford it. He hopes that Frank does not marry and is able to stay with him and his mother for a while to give him a break and allow him to take a chance on these new parts. He then dates this note June 4, 1952 at the bottom of his paragraph. There is another note that is from his mother reminding Frank that there are cigars in the cellar. Then there is a paragraph from Frank’s sister Shirley Mae who says that she knows that he is angry with her for something she did and Doris wrote him about, but it is not stated what Shirley Mae did. Shirley Mae then writes a note stating that she pasted the pinups on the letter. The letter ends with another small paragraph from Florence.


  • 1952 March 27

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.08 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection contains one correspondence from Florence Snyder Irving to her brother Frank R. Snyder Jr. during the Korean War. The correspondence is ten feet in length.


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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank R. Snyder, Jr..

Physical Description

Very fragile. Has some tears in the middle of letter and heavy creases from previous folds.

Legal Status

Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.
Finding Aid for the Frank R. Snyder, Jr. Korean War correspondence
Wynter Salazar
March 12, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States