William Bruce Eidson, Jr. papers

William Bruce Eidson, Jr. papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Eidson, William Bruce, 1922-1999
Title: William Bruce Eidson, Jr. papers
Dates: 1919-1963
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (3 document boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and ephemera dated from 1919 to 1963 and collected by the William Bruce Eidson family of Ways (or Richmond Hill), Bryan County, Georgia. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence from William Bruce Eidson, Jr. to his parents from 1939 to 1952 while he was a student at Georgia Tech, in the army as a flight trainee and part of its specialized training program, and a journalism student at the University of Georgia after the war. Also included is a group of letters written by William Bruce Eidson to his wife from 1919 to 1952 while he worked elsewhere in the lumber trade and later as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps and in Columbus, Georgia at Fort Benning.
Coll. Number: ms3087

Biographical/Historical Note

1920William Bruce Eidson, Sr. works for J.B. Jemisont Co., a company dealing with long leaf yellow pines
January 1921William Bruce Eidson and Ethel Morris of Lamont, Florida marry
1922William Bruce Eidson working in the wood industry in Carbur, Florida for Hollingsworth and Eidson
August 26, 1922William Bruce Eidson, Jr. born
1933William Bruce Eidson, Sr. works for the Civilian Conservation Corps, Veteran Co. 2418, Jesup, Georgia
1939William Bruce Eidson, Jr. enters Georgia Tech where he studies chemistry, social studies, drawing, math, and english and is a member of R.O.T.C.
1942Transfered to Bakerfield, California where he is classified as a machinist
Moves to Tuscon where he washes out
Arrives in Santa Clara, California where he trains to be a pilot
William Bruce Eidson, Jr. joins the Army Air Corps
1943Moves to New York where he studies engineering at N.Y.U.
Applies for Officers Candidate School
William Bruce Eidson, Jr. transfered to Phoenix
October 31, 1999William Bruce Eidson, Jr. dies in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and ephemera dated from 1919 to 1963 and collected by the William Bruce Eidson family of Ways (or Richmond Hill), Bryan County, Georgia. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence from William Bruce Eidson, Jr. to his parents from 1939 to 1952 while he was a student at Georgia Tech, in the army, and a journalism student at the University of Georgia after the war. During his tenure in the army, Eidson washed out of the air corps, became a machinist, and in 1945 was part of the occupation troops in Japan. He was stationed in California (Santa Clara, Camp Cullen?, Camp Cooke, and Bakersfield), Arizona (Tuscon and Phoenix), New York, Mississippi (Camp Shelby), and Virginia (Camp Pickett)

Also of note is a body of correspondence from William, Sr. to his wife, Ethel Morris Eidson, while he worked away from home. The letters range from those written early in their marriage, to a stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Jesup, Georgia, and finally while he worked for the army in 1952, mostly at Fort Benning.

The collection also includes photographs sent by William, Jr. of himself and a few scenes of army life as well as a small group of ephemera including a newspaper clipping and greeting cards.


Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series : correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. The correspondence series is further divided into three subseries:.William B. Eidson, Jr. correspondence, William B. Eidson, Sr. correspondence, and miscellaneous correspondence. Each of the subseries is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

Army Specialized Training Program (U.S.).
Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.).
Eidson, William Bruce, 1887-1963
Eidson, William Bruce, 1922-1999
Flight training--United States
Forest products industry--Georgia
Fort Benning (Ga.)
Georgia Institute of Technology. -- Students
Japan--Description and travel.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952
Military training camps--Georgia.
Soldiers--Georgia.
United States. Army.
University of Georgia. -- Students
World War, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William B. Eidson, Jr. papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased in 2002.

Processing Information

Photographs have been removed and placed into a separate series for preservation purposes.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Usage Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Before material from collections at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript collection should consult the department head. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.


Related Material

James William Lassiter papers, 1938-1945; Lettters to Frederick W. Bennett, 1943, 1945-1946; and Sydney C. Heindel papers, 1943-1946


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence

The letters series consists of family correspondence from 1919-1963. The series is further subdivided into the correspondence written by William Bruce Eidson, Jr., that written by his father, William Bruce Eidson, Sr., and that composed by other correspondents.



Subseries 1.1: Letters from William Bruce Eidson, Jr., 1939-1952

The letters, cards, and telegrams found in this subseries were written by William Bruce Eidson to his parents, Ethel and William Bruce, Sr. from 1939-1952. The letters written from 1939-1942 detail the younger Eidson's student days at Georgia Tech. The letters from 1942-1946 describe his experiences in the Army. During this period, Eidson washed out of the air corps, became a machinist, and in 1945 was part of the occupation troops in Japan.Eidson was stationed in California (Santa Clara, Camp Cullen, Camp Cooke, and Bakersfield), Arizona (Tuscon and Phoenix), New York, Mississippi (Camp Shelby), and Virginia (Camp Pickett). In the fall of 1946, Eidson attended the University of Georgia and joined the R.O.T.C. His letters describe his coursework as a journalism student and his summers at Fort Benning.
BoxFolder
11June 16, 1939
2September 16, 1939
3October 15, 1939
4January 29, 1940
5February 1, 1940
6February 12, 1940
7February 19, 1940
8March 4, 1940
9March 11, 1940
10March 18, 1940
11May 13, 1940
12September 15, 1940
13October 22, 1940
14November 20, 1940
15January 26, 1941
16January 30, 1941
17April 8, 194[1?]
18April 21, 1941
19May 13, 1941
20May 20, 1941
21May 26, 1941
22January 14, 1942
23July 29, 1942
24July 31, 1942
25August 5, 1942
26August 9, 1942
27August 15, 1942
28August 19, 1942
29August 27, 1942
30September 4, 1942
31September 10, 1942
32October 7, 1942
33October 10, 1942
34October 21, 1942
35November 4, 1942
36November 17, 1942
37November 18, 1942
38November 23, 1942
39December 11, 1942
40December 21, 1942
41January 1, 1943
42January 3, 1943
43January 14, 1943
44February 4, 1943
45February 22, 1943
46March 8, 1943
47April 12, 1943
48June 21, 1943
49June 28, 1943
50July 11, 1943
51July 16, 1943
52September 29, 1943
53November 30, 1943
54December 7, 1943
55December 14, 1943
56December 22, 1943
57December 28, 1943
58February 3, 1944
59February 12, 1944
60March 8, 1944
61April 10, 1944
62April 24, 1944
63May 2, 1944
64May 9, 1944
65May 13, 1944
66May 22, 1944
67June 15, 1944
68June 21, 1944
69July 4, 1944
70July 11, 1944
71July 24, 1944
72July 30, 1944
73September 12, 1944
74September 14, 1944
75September 21, 1944
76October 1, 1944
77October 2, 1944
78October 10, 1944
79October 23, 1944
80November 20, 1944
81November 27, 1944
82December 5, 1944
BoxFolder
21January 7, 1945
2January 15, 1945?
3March 20, 1945
4August 8, 1945
5August 13, 1945
6August 17, 1945
7August 19, 1945
Photograph removed.
8August 27, 1945
9September 10, 1945
10October 4, 1945
11October 9, 1945
12October 12, 1945
13October 22, 1945
14October 30, 1945
15November 7, 1945
16December 3, 1945
17December 13, 1945
18December 20, 1945
19December 27, 1945
20December 29, 1945
21January 8, 1946
22February 1, 1946
23September 29, 1946
24October 8, 1946
25October 14, 1946
26October 22, 1946
27October 28, 1946
28November 4, 1946
29November 11, 1946
30March 10, 1947
31March 17, 1947
32June 7, 1947
33July 7, 1947
34July 15, 1947
35September 29, 1947
36January 26, 1948
37February 2, 1948
38February 10, 1948
39February 16, 1948
40February 21, 1948
41March 8, 1948
42March 15, 1948
43March 24, 1948
44March 29, 1948
45April 5, 1948
46April 6, 1948
47April 13, 1948
48April 19, 1948
49April 26, 1948
50May 31, 1948
51June 8, 1948
52December 4, 1950
53December 11, 1950
54May 27, 1952
55Undated
56Undated



Subseries 1.2: Letters from William B. Eidson, Sr., 1919-1952

( 31 folders )
Written by William B. Eidson, Sr. to his wife, Ethel Morris Eidson while working away from the home, the letters within the subseries date from 1919 to 1952. While the letters enquire mostly about family, Eidson touches briefly his work in the lumber trade, as part of the Civil Conservation Corps in Jessup, and while working in Columbus at Fort Benning in 1952.
BoxFolder
31July 19, 1919
2February 9, 1920
3August 20, 1920
4October 18, 1920
5July 10, 1921
6January 11, 1922
7May 23, 1922
8September 12, 1922
9May 20, 1926
10September 16, 1933
11October 7, 1933
12October 14, 1933
13January 9, 1934
14January 8, 1946
15January 26, 1948
16March 27, 1952
17July 30, 1952
18August 18, 1952
19September 2, 1952
20September 11, 1952
21September 15, 1952
22September 22, 1952
23October 8, 1952
24October 14, 1952
25October 21, 1952
26October 25, 1952
27October 27, 1952
28Thanksgiving 1952
29December 2, 1952
30December 9, 1952
31December 29, 1952



Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous correspondents, 1921-1963

( 17 letters )
Contains letters from family members and friends as well as miscellaneous business related correspondence written to the Eidson family. The letters date from 1921-1963.
BoxFolder
332January 17, 1921
Letter written by Douglas Jarrard
33January 19, 1921
Letter written by Mrs. Morris, Ethel Eidson's mother
34May 20, 1921
Letter written by Mrs. Morris, Ethel Eidson's mother
35August 28, 1921
Letter written by Mrs. Morris, Ethel Eidson's mother
36March 2, 1922
Letter written by Helen Caswell
37October 19, 1922
Letter written by Mrs. Morris, Ethel Eidson's mother
38August 15, 1940
Letter written by Eugene Talmadge
39March 13, 1942
Letter written by Mgr., Henry Ford Development
40December 21, 1945
Letter written by Ethel Eidson
41July 23, 1946
Letter written by UGA registrar
42October 1, 1946
Letter written by State Farm Insurance
43January 26, 1948
Letter written by Veta Morris
44July 21, 1952
Letter written by Maude (cousin)
45September 2, 1952
Letter written by Maude (cousin)
46September 11, 1963
Letter written by Mamie
47Undated
Letter written by Veta Morris
48Undated
Letter written by Mrs. Morris, Ethel Eidson's mother
 

Series 2: Photographs, 1943, 1945

9 photographs
Contains six formal photographs of Eidson, Jr. in uniform from 1943 and three photographs of camp life from 1945.
BoxFolder
349December 17, 1943
49August 19, 1945
 

Series 3: Ephemera

Contains greeting cards, wedding invitations, and a newspaper clipping about Eidson, Jr.'s graduation from high school.
BoxFolder
350ephemera