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Laurence D. Perrine Second World War correspondence scrapbooks

 Collection — Box: WWII 156, Folder: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2020-102-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains two scrapbooks compiled by MSgt. Laurence Dollins Perrine, USA relating to his service during the Second World War. Included are sixteen typed correspondence, 157 pictures (photographs, postcards, drawings and magazine clippings) of people, landscapes and landmarks, as well as collected ephemera.

Dates

  • 1945 February 2 - 1945 December 3

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

Master Sergeant Laurence D. Perrine, United States Army (10/13/1915 - 4/27/1995) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Mary D. and Ren B. Perrine, both American citizens. After returning to the US and his father's passing in 1938, he lived with his siblings Eugene, Ruth and Paul, as well as his aunt and uncle Lenora and John Dollins. He attended and worked at Yale University as a graduate student when he registered for the draft in October 1940 and worked as a substitute teacher in Lyndhurst, Ohio when he enlisted on June 23, 1942 at Camp Perry in Lacarne, Ohio. After training and beginning his service with a medical unit, he departed for France as a Psychiatric Assistant with the 103rd Infantry Division on October 6, 1944 and arrived on October 20 at Le Havre.

While in France, he wrote home to his sister Ruth and his mother, detailing the sights and the horrors of war, including casualties and trauma to soldiers as well as the destruction seen in the various towns and cities he passed. He continued to serve in various locations throughout Europe, even attending school at Shrivenham American University in Shrivenham, Berkshire, England until he left on December 14, 1945, arriving on December 24 and separating on December 28.

After the war, Perrine went on to have a very successful career as an English professor at Southern Methodist University. (https://blog.smu.edu/smumagazine/2007/12/3-3-million-gift-extends-professors-legacy/)

Laurence Perrine, PhD passed away on April 27, 1995.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains two scrapbooks compiled by MSgt. Laurence D. Perrine, USA relating to his service during the Second World War. Included are correspondence, photographs and collected ephemera.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged sequentially;

Series 1, Scrapbook volume 27;

Series 2, Scrapbook volume 28.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Douglas Perrine.
Title
Finding Aid for the Laurence D. Perrine Second World War correspondence scrapbooks
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
4/1/2020
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