Sidney Samuel Thomas collection

Sidney Samuel Thomas collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Thomas, Sidney Samuel, 1923-
Title: Sidney Samuel Thomas collection
Dates: 1943-1946
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3030

Biographical/Historical Note

Sidney Samuel Thomas was a cryptographer during World War II with the 155th AACS Squadron. He resided in Athens, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence to Sidney Samuel Thomas, a sergeant in the United States Army. The collection consists of letters written to Thomas by various military friends and colleagues while he served as a military cryptographer in St. Petersburg, FL; Pawling, NY; Miami, FL; Greensboro, NC; and West Palm Beach, FL and lived in Athens, GA. The majority of the letters are from P.F.C. John H. Lomax, Cpl. Marin (Marian?) Talmadge, Cpl. Cecil W. Bentz, Cpl. M.K. Smith, P.F.C. Merritt Whelchel, and Cpl. James S. Swan. In the letters, Thomas' colleagues describe their duties, respective lives in the Army, and daily routines. There is discussion of religion and philosophy, as well as many references to the popular culture of the era, i.e. books, actors and movies. Included with some of the letters are clippings from newspapers and magazines of the period.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Bentz, Cecil W. -- Correspondence
Clippings (information artifacts)
Cox, Carl R. -- Correspondence
Cryptographers--United States--Correspondence.
Hill, Pope -- Correspondence
Lomax, John H. -- Correspondence
Popular culture--United States--20th century.
Smith, M. K. -- Correspondence
Swan, James S. -- Correspondence
Talmadge, Marian -- Correspondence
United States. Air Force. -- Military life
United States. Air Force. AACS Squadron, 155th.
United States. Army. -- Military life
Whelchel, Merritt -- Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945--Cryptography.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sidney Samuel Thomas collection. MS 3030. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1943 February 26 - 1944 December 10
2Letters, 1945 January 9 - February 18
3Letters, 1945 February 20 - April 11
4Letters, 1945 April 25 - June 14
5Letters, 1945 June 14 - August 21
6Letters, 1945 August 27 - October 5
7Letters, 1945 October 15 - November 21
8Letters, 1945 December 21 - 1946 September 6
9Letters, Undated