Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Linwood Aldrich Papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains correspondence from Linwood Aldrich to his wife, Esther, from July 1943 through December 1944. The correspondence documents the interests, concerns and activities of these two Connecticut residents during wartime while Aldrich was stationed in the United States and abroad.
- undated, 1943-1944
The collection is open and available for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.
Linwood and Esther Aldrich lived in Norwich, Connecticut. Married in September 1942, Linwood Aldrich worked for the Thermos Bottle Company as a sealer and Esther was employed at the Lee and Osgood Company as a stenographer. At the time the correspondence begins in July 1943, Linwood (882nd Signal Co.) is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. In August, he transfers to the HQ Detachment, also in New Orleans. The Detachment is shipped out to England in November, only days before he was scheduled to have his first leave to visit home since entering the service. The last two months of the correspondence in the collection indicates that Aldrich was transferred to France in November 1944. The correspondence ends a month later.
Research in the Norwich City Directory documents that the Aldrichs were reunited by 1947 and continued to live at the same address for many years before moving to the East Great Plain section of Norwich in the mid 1950s. Linwood continued to work for Thermos until his retirement around 1977.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 document boxes of correspondence)
Language of Materials
The collection contains correspondence from Linwood Aldrich to his wife, Esther Aldrich, between 1943 and 1944.
Series I: Correspondence (undated, 1943-1944) contains correspondence from Linwood Aldrich to his wife, Esther, while he was stationed in Louisiana and England during World War II.
The collection was acquired from Charles Apfelbaum in 2002.
The following materials have been separated from the collection and are housed separately:
Two small black and white snapshots taken in England in 1944.
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