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Elizabeth Lippitt hymn and song books, 1762

2 volumes

Elizabeth Lippit compiled 2 volumes of hymns and religious songs around 1762. The songs, which are copied from various sources, pertain primarily to Christian themes.

Elizabeth Lippit compiled 2 volumes of hymns and religious songs around 1762. The volumes are 80 pages and 96 pages, respectively, and contain copied selections from various authors and sources, such as Alexander Pope. Many entries are based on specific biblical verses from both the Old and New Testaments and on biblical stories, primarily concerning the birth and life of Jesus Christ. Others relate to holidays, including Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost, and more general celebrations like fasts and sacraments. Some poems pertain to historical figures, including Constantine, Saint Ambrose, and King George III. Additional subjects are virtue, beauty, love, and death.


Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) V-mail collection, 1943-1944

14 items

This collection contains V-mail letters that multiple soldiers and a navy nurse wrote to correspondents in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1943-1944. The correspondents commented on their experiences in England, India, and Africa.

This collection contains 14 V-mail letters that various soldiers (12 items) and a navy nurse (2 items) wrote to correspondents in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1943-1944. Recipients included Dean H. Temple, then receiving mail at the Poughkeepsie YMCA (5 items); Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Lewis (4 items); the Poughkeepsie YMCA (3 items); and others (2 items). Most writers were members of the United States Army serving in England and Africa; these men discussed their travels, their eagerness to participate in combat, their leisure activities, and other subjects.

Norris DeRonde's V-mail letter to the Lewis family includes "Mystic India," a poem copied from the military newspaper CBI Roundup. The poem pertains to aspects of military service and life in India, and DeRonde added his own comments on native attire. Navy nurse Alice St. John discussed her difficulty finding in apartment in an unspecified location and remarked on weather patterns while serving at Base Hospital #2. Two items are pre-printed holiday greetings showing a soldier smoking by a palm tree (Christmas 1944) and a nativity scene (undated).


R. Joseph Sommer collection, 1944-1945

22 items

This collection contains letters that Russell Joseph Sommer ("Joe") of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received from his brothers in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Jerome ("Jerry") and George Sommer commented on wedding planning, a shared car, and family relationships and disputes.

This collection contains 17 letters and 2 notes of telephone calls that Russell Joseph Sommer ("Joe") of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received from his brothers and acquaintances during World War II. The collection also includes 2 ephemeral items and a newspaper clipping.

George W. Sommer wrote 13 letters to his brother, Joe Sommer, while serving in the United States Navy around 1944-1945. As a naval air cadet at Great Lakes, Illinois, he commented on military life and medical testing. George allowed Joe and his wife Dot to use his car while he was away and discussed car maintenance, repairs, and, in one letter, the possibility of selling the vehicle. He wrote about his plans to have a "big wedding" despite his mother's recent death and some family members' misgivings. One group of his letters pertains to George's poor relationship with Joe's wife Dot. George discussed a dispute between his wife, Loretta, and Dot; he expressed his desire to maintain a relationship with his niece, Dorothy Mary, and shared his regret for the strain that Dot's recent actions had put on the brothers' relationship and on George's relationship with Loretta.

Jerry Sommer wrote 2 letters to his brother Joe, in which he discussed his pregnant wife's health (May 1, 1945) and his arrival in port in the United States (July 14, 1945). Joe Sommer received 2 brief notes about phone calls from Jerry, as well as 2 letters from acquaintances; one correspondent enclosed a newspaper clipping about Cincinnati Reds catcher Ray Mueller (May 21, 1944), and the other mentioned a flight he took with an air corps pilot (December 28, 1944). The remaining items are a printed calendar of events at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for May 12, 1945-May 18, 1945; a card with a Christmas wish and picture of a nativity scene, produced by the National Catholic Community Service; and a newspaper clipping about Catholic marriage rites.