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William R. Thomas '1951 letters to his family, 1947-1951
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Includes admission letters for both William and Gerard Thomas, a recommendation letter from the U.S. Army and letter of introduction to the engineering school from Dean Kenneth Condit. Also includes some correspondence home to their parents from Gerard Thomas.
Brothers Gerard "Gerry" Thomas (born 1930) and William R. "Bill" Thomas, Jr. (born 1927) both belonged to the Class of 1951. William R. Thomas had delayed his undergraduate education for Army service. They roomed together, and their letters are written to their father William R. Thomas, mother Virginia Postles and younger brother Jim in Washington, D.C.
No arrangement has been imposed on items in Series 2: Additions, 1792-1947.
Many of the items which comprise the Student Correspondence and Writings Collection have been cataloged individually, and are searchable through the Princeton University Library's online catalog . The information presented in the folder list of this finding aid duplicates that found in the online catalog records.
Gift of William R. Thomas in 2022 (AR.2022.029).
Additional student correspondence and writings will be added to the collection as accrued by the University Archives.
Appraisal information was not recorded at time of processing.
- Processing Information
Processed and added to finding aid in 2022 by Phoebe Nobles.
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Collection is open for research use.
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- Credit this material:
William R. Thomas '1951 letters to his family; Student Correspondence and Writings Collection, AC334, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 18
- Princeton University