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Veronica and Leo Hubert Second World War scrapbook

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2019-073-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one scrapbook compiled by Veronica MacDonald Hubert and her husband Leo Hubert during the Second World War. Contained within the scrapbook are thirty letters, six postcards, the biography of General Douglas MacArthur written by Bob Considine, copyright 1942 and in the form of a clipping as printed in a newspaper (several pages in the scrapbook), and various cards and clippings. Also included are three "Ben-Trav-Log" travel logs for the USS Bennington, numbers 2-4, as well as one Chidwick Church program for the church at US Naval Training Station in Samson, NY.

The clippings were glued onto the pages of the scrapbook and the correspondence was either stapled or glued in a corner to provide for flipping to reverse sides.

The correspondence thanks Veronica and Leo, as well as "folks" or "friends" who worked at the American Woolen Mill in Collinsville, Massachusetts that sent them care packages. The authors of the letters and cards include the following, as well as some soldiers mentioned in clippings, in order:

  • Private First Class Kenneth "Kenny" Dixon, United States Army serving with the 10th Air Drom Squadron
  • Private First Class John J. "Jack" Joyce, United States Army serving with Battery H., 97 Coastal Artillery Corps
  • Private Robert Blakely from Malden, Massachusetts
  • Seaman Second Class Ellsworth Hailow, United States Navy from Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Roland Hubert
  • "Roger"
  • Private James F. "Jim" Brennan, United States Army serving at the Range Section of Camp Hood, Texas
  • Airmen Cadet Nelson Small, United States Army Air Force serving with Flight D-44C, Souther [sic] Field, Americus, Georgia (brother of Donald Small)
  • Ray Eklund
  • "Tom" serving with a guard squadron at the Casper, Wyoming Army Air Base
  • "Geo." [George?]
  • Bill Cogger
  • Teddy Szymanski, United States Navy at the Naval Trainin Station, University of Wisconsin, Madison (brother of Alex Szymanski)
  • Corporal Hugh Gorman, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Fireman Third Class Donald Small, United States Navy with Company 8, Section D-1, University farm camputs, Naval Training Station, St. Paul, Minnesota (brother of Nelson Small)
  • Jim Kiernan, United States Army, Battery A, First Field Artillery Battalion
  • "Lucien" serving with the United States Army
  • Seaman Second Class Edmund A. [Weston?], Company 11, 29 SMS, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Private Albert A. Dickinson, United States Marine Corps aboard a ship
  • Private John M. Roughan, United States Army, Camp Fannin, Texas
  • "Pat", United States Navy, Key West, Florida US Naval Hospital
  • "Giff"
  • Corporal Erik K. York, United States Marine Corps, USMC Naval Air Technical Training School, Jacksonville, Florida, as well as one clipping describing him at Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • Alex Szymanski, Camp Grant. He mentions having been overseas already and hopes to go back to finish the war
  • Private Albert Duchesne, United States Army, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • John Redmond, United States Naval Reserve
  • Private First Class Robert H. York, United States Army
  • Hubert McAnespie

The clippings and other items include the following:

  • "Jap Leader at Batan is Replaced," article about General Tomoyuki Yamashita replacing Lieutenant General Masaharu Homa who committed suicide for the shame of his actions at Batan
  • "Colin Kelly's Last Flight," article written by co-pilot Lieutenant Donal Robins
  • "Ex-Lowell High Captain Appointed by McLaughry," football coach Ray Riddick
  • Tokle Smashes National Ski Jump Record," and "Tokle Loses at Gilford"
  • "Modern Ice Craft Constructed by Lowell Men is Given Tryout," Leo Hubert helped build the craft
  • Poem, by John Redmond, USNR
  • Two pieces of masking tape with four signatures, mostly illegible
  • "Chip Off the Old Block," Cpl. Eric K. York, USMC, PFC Robert H. York, USA
  • Order to report for induction, November 11, 1943, name stamped over but appears like Henry Hubert
  • Clipping with photo of Iwo Jima flag raising, The Lowell Sun, March 2, 1945


  • 1942 - 1945 March 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.

Biographical / Historical

Veronica MacDonald Hubert worked at the American Woolen Mill in Collinsville, Massachusetts and volunteered to be the mill representative to workers who left to join the military in 1942. She collected and mailed care packages to them as well as sending and receiving letters from them. The scrapbook was assembled by Veronica and her husband Leo.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 scrapbook, 1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains one scrapbook compiled by Veronica MacDonald Hubert and her husband Leo Hubert during the Second World War. It contains letters and cards from soldiers with whom they worked at a factory in Collinsville, Massachusetts, as well as some clippings.


The scrapbook has been maintained in its original form and the letters are not in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice Foley.

Condition Description

Rusted staples, translucent paper in some areas due to glue backing, some bends/folding on letters.

Finding Aid for the Veronica and Leo Hubert Second World War scrapbook
Andrew Harman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States