|Creator:||Hart, Thomas H., b. 1921|
|Title:||Thomas Hart family papers|
|Quantity:||11.0 Linear feet (13 boxes)|
Thomas Houston Hart (born 1921 in Greeneville, South Carolina) was an intelligence officer in the US 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, in Belgium while he was stationed there. Denise Rion was a Belgian citizen and a devout Catholic. 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.
This collection consists of letters, artifacts, ephemera, photographs, and other materials from Thomas Hart and his family. Most of the material 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, and explicates their courtship and troubles during it. Materials and papers from Thomas' Army service is also present. The photographs included are either of friends and family or scenery from their many trips. The collection is also rich in material culture documenting family life ranging from the 1930s through the 1950s.
Arranged in five series: correspondence, Army material, family and personal, photographs, and artifacts.
Thomas Hart family papers, ms 3209. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.