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Guide to The Howard Robinson Letters MSS.2024

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Author:

Finding aid prepared by April Burnette

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@bama.ua.edu

November 2008

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2009-08-28T15:22-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Howard Robinson Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.2024

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

SC0005 2024.1
Quantity:

0.1 linear foot 5 Letters, 5 envelopes

Dates:

1944-1945

Language of Materials note

English

Abstract:

This collection consists of four letters to Professor Howard Robinson, Oberlin, Ohio, three of which are from Corporal L.L. (“Leonard”) Beal, North Africa, and one is from First Lieutenant Donald (“Don”) Balassa, Corsica, during World War II. They write about the war, communism, the upcoming election, and government.

creator

Balassa, Donald

creator

Beal, L.L.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of four letters to Professor Howard Robinson, Oberlin, Ohio, three of which are from Corporal L.L. Beal, North Africa and two are from First Lieutenant Donald (“Don”) Balassa, Corsica.

The letter dated November 6, 1943, from First Lieutenant Donald (“Don”) Balassa mentions farming methods and vegetables. He also mentions he, “bumped into…an officer” in the British Army, “who was a communist.” The next letter from Donald (“Don”) Balassa is dated April 22, 1944. This letter mentions the deaths of two acquaintances that have been killed in the war that they knew from college literature and government classes.

The letters from Corporal L.L. (“Leonard”) Beal, North Africa to Prof. Howard Robinson concern the war, international relations, the upcoming election, the black market, literature, his daily life, and communism.

Preferred Citation:

The Howard Robinson Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2007

Processing Information:

Processed by

April Burnett, 2008

Biographical/Historical note

Professor Howard Robinson was a professor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He wrote Toward International Organization: A Series of Lectures at Oberlin College.

Source: Robinson, Howard, et.al. Toward International Organization: A Series of Lectures at Oberlin College. Harper & Brothers: New York, 1942.