Eidson, William Bruce, 1922-1999
|Title: ||William Bruce Eidson, Jr. papers|
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|
|1920||William Bruce Eidson, Sr. works for J.B. Jemisont Co., a company dealing with long leaf yellow pines|
|January 1921||William Bruce Eidson and Ethel Morris of Lamont, Florida marry|
|1922||William Bruce Eidson working in the wood industry in Carbur, Florida for Hollingsworth and Eidson|
|August 26, 1922||William Bruce Eidson, Jr. born|
|1933||William Bruce Eidson, Sr. works for the Civilian Conservation Corps, Veteran Co. 2418, Jesup, Georgia|
|1939||William 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.|
|1942||Transfered 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
|William Bruce Eidson, Jr. joins the Army Air Corps|
|1943||Moves to New York where he studies engineering at
|Applies for Officers Candidate School|
|William Bruce Eidson, Jr. transfered to Phoenix |
|October 31, 1999||William 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.
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.
[Identification of item], William B. Eidson, Jr. papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.
Purchased in 2002.
Photographs have been removed and placed into a separate series for preservation purposes.
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