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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Shannon Family Correspondence MSS.3296


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

March 2011


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Shannon Family Correspondence

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


0.05 Linear feet (2 letters)




This collection contains one letter written by Howard P. Ruff to Reverend Robert A. (R. A.) Shannon and one letter written from John (J. C.) to his aunt, Leone Shannon, wife of R.A. Shannon.

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Shannon Family Correspondence, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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processed by Erin Schmidt 2011

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Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Biographical/Historical note

Robert A. Shannon was married to Leone Shannon. According to the United States Federal Census Leone was born about 1896. Her father was born in Wales and her mother's name was Mary Shannon. According to the Social Security Death Index Leone died in November 1979, in Dubuque, Iowa.

John C. was Leone's nephew and served in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii.

Per the Social Security Death Index records, Howard Ruff was born on 13 July 1907, and died on March 15, 1982. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains two letters written to members of the Shannon family. The first is written by Howard P. Ruff, Sergeant First Class, United States Navy, during World War II, to Reverend R. A. Shannon. The letter is written on stationery from the U.S. Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Twenty-nine Palms, California, post-marked from Port Hueneme, California, and addressed to Dubuque, Iowa. The letter discusses an unidentified quarrel between the two men, naval discipline, and general daily activities of life as an enlisted man as well as civilian life during World War II. Possible homosexual overtones are present.

The second letter is written by John (J.C.) to his Aunt Leone Shannon. The letter was written from Oahu, Hawaii, to Dubuque, Iowa, during World War II. John discusses general news of his daily activities, responds to Leones reports on family members and news from home, and discusses the lack of celebration on V. E. (Victory in Europe) Day.

Howard P. Ruff Letter Box SC0069 Folder 3296.01

John (J. C.) Letter 0.05 Linear feet Box SC0069 Folder 3296.02