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Guide to the Francis Lee Husted Letters MSS.2700

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Finding aid prepared by Lydia Wommack

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

April 2010

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-06T15:58-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Francis Lee Husted Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.2700

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1943-1944

Abstract:

Letters to and from Seaman Francis Lee Husted of Hicksville, Ohio who served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard (U-6) during World War Two. The letters and cards are written by members of the Husted family to Francis along with some of his responses.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Lydia Wommack, 2010.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2006.

Preferred Citation:

Francis Lee Husted Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of letters to and from Seaman Francis Lee Husted of Hicksville, Ohio who served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard (U-6) during World War Two. The letters and cards are written by members of the Husted family to Francis along with some of his responses. Letters and cards are posted on V-mail, air mail, U.S. Navy, and United Service Organization stationary.

During the summer months of 1943, Francis was hospitalized at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Long Island for a hernia. While in recovery, Francis received letters from his siblings, parents, grandparents, and a friend about day-to-day business at home. During 1944, a majority of the letters are from his mother, particularly those between January and February, during which time the family lost contact with Francis for approximately three months.

Biographical/Historical note

Francis Lee Husted of Hicksville, Ohio, was a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy Armed Guard during World War Two.

The U.S. Navy Armed Guard was a service branch of the United States Navy that was responsible for defending U.S. and Allied merchant ships from attack by enemy aircraft, submarines and surface ships during World War Two. The men of the Armed Guard served as gunners, signal men and radio operators on cargo ships, tankers, troop ships and other merchant vessels.

Outgoing Correspondence, 1943-1944 Box SC0030 Folder 2700.1

Incoming Correspondence, 1943 Box SC0030 Folder 2700.2

Incoming Correspondence, 1944 Box SC0030 Folder 2700.3

Postcard to Paul Husted Box SC0030 Folder 2700.4