Thomas Hart family papers

Thomas Hart family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hart, Thomas H., b. 1921
Title: Thomas Hart family papers
Dates: 1936-1951
Quantity: 11.0 Linear feet 13 boxes
Coll. Number: ms3209

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Houston Hart (born 1921 in Greeneville, South Carolina) was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in Salt Lake City, UT; Hattisburg, MS; Charleville, France; and Liege, Belgium. He met his wife, Denise Rion, a Belgian citizen and a devout Catholic, in Belgium while he was stationed there. The couple maintained a tumultuous courtship throughout the war, but married at its conclusion in 1946 and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where their son Tommy Rion "Robin" Hart was born the following year. Thomas Houston Hart also took over the family business upon his return to South Carolina, where the family owned over 300 acres of farmland. Thomas's brother James Allen Jr. also served in the Army.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters, artifacts, ephemera, photographs, and other materials from Thomas Hart and his family, most of which is from the World War II era. The correspondence is mainly between Thomas and his future wife Denise Rion both during and after the war. Also included are materials from Thomas' Army service, and photographs of friends and family, or scenery from their many trips.

Index Terms

Love letters.
United States. Army Air Forces.
United States. Army.
World War, 1939-1945--Belgium.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Thomas Hart family papers, ms3209, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Undated correspondence
21Cards from Tommy II's birth, 1947

2. Military

31-2Travel brochures
3Pamphlets, score books, related material
4French phrase book, American enterprise in Europe
5Army Air Force Guide, Going back to civilian life guide
6USA posts
7-9Service in Europe

3. Family and Personal

41Baby books
2Baby records
3Bills, receipts, tickets, ephemera
4Newspapers and clippings
5Thomas Hart dilpomas and certificates
6Ticket ephemera and stamp collection
7-8Calendars, brochures, ads
OS Box
1Scrapbooks and photograph albums
Genealogical materials

4. Photographs

Identified photographs

51Black scrapbook
2White scrapbook
63Brown scrapbook
1Denise album
2Denise and her family
3Tommy- Army photos
4Tommy and Denise albums
5Tommy Rion Hart "Baby Milestones" album
6Tommy and Denise's children
81Paris (approx. 25 photos)
2Reims (approx. 30 photos)
3Charlesville (approx. 50)
4Chicago (approx. 20)
4Buildings/landscapes (approx. 60)
5Tommy and Denise (approx. 100)
6People (approx. 250)
7Ruins (approx. 30)


91Panel Art Prints: scenery, buildings (approx. 70)
2Album of unidentified city (approx. 50)
3People (approx. 70)
4Places (approx. 50)


71Greenville (approx. 30)
2Suzanne (approx. 30)
3Florida (approx. 20)
4Mississippi (approx. 40)
5Reims (approx. 10)
6Paris (approx. 10)
7St. Petersburg (approx. 10)
8New Orleans (approx. 10)
9Liege and Rocour (approx. 50)
10Trip from Munich (approx. 30)
11Charleville (approx. 40)
12Tommy and Denise (approx. 150)
12Unidentified (approx. 200)
OS Box
1Packet of small snapshots and negatives, some identified

5. Artifacts and Ephemera

11Blue plaid sack of baby clothes
2Red felt squirrel
3Religious tri-fold in baby water bottle box
4Religious tri-fold in baby water bottle box
5Embroidered canvas runner
6Baby memorbilia in baby's treasure box
7Black floral clutch
8Dolls and figurines in wooden Europe 1945 box
9Jewelry in gold and white papered box
10textiles in golden religious box
11Wooden thermometer in white flat box
12Pins in blue and pink peacock box
13Army badges in small golden religious box
14Charms, pins, and boxes in black floral box
15Wooden box of buttons and hooks
21Wooden cigar box with message written on inside cover
2Home decor items in King Edward cigar box
3Home decor items in Nunnally's box
4Figurines and home items in Norris Variety box
5Tarnished silver cup
6Binoculars in pouch
7Set of four painted wooden decorative plates
8"Never apart" box
9Decorative box of girl by flame
10Medicinal containers in dancing girl box
11"Today more than yesterday" box
12Decorative boxes and ticket ephemera in Oriental box
13Lucky Strike metal container
14Chesterfield metal container
15Phillios' milk of magnesia metal container
16Between the Acts cigars metal container
17Parliament cigarettes container
18Band-aid metal container
19Denise pouch
20Old English tobacco metal container
31Open box of postcards (sorted by location)
2Educational flash cards (French) in Whitman's Antique Box
3Foreign money in black Armstrong-Smith box
4Playing cards in "Dickensian memories" box
5"Missel" book (French), 1925
6Black prayer book with slip cover
7-8Charles-Lettes school-girl's diary
9Agenda, 1941
10Agenda, 1942
11Agenda, 1944
12Agenda, 1945
13Agenda, 1945
15Lettes school-girl's diary, 1947
16New Testament and Psalms, 1941
17-18Child's Bible: The Story of Jesus
19Catholic book (French)
20French book with cover (has cross and Bible on it)
21Denise red leather planner
22Black shiny address book
23Denise red journal
24Name and address cards
25Vacances, 1944
26Birthday book
27Aux Petits Enfants (plain black cover)
28Pocket Guide to Paris and Cities of Northern France
29Laensbergh (plain blue paper cover), 1941
30Tan sketchbook
31Purple snakeskin planner
32Puss in Boots
33Varsity-Town Clothes Little Blue Book, 1946