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Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Burton Ingraham Papers

Identifier: 2002-0077

Scope and Content

The Papers contain primarily correspondence from Burton Ingraham to his wife Gladys. Additional correspondence from Gladys' brother, Gerald Forbes, and several acquaintances is also included. Notes, memoranda and publications pertaining to the Colt Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut provides some details about Gladys' life while Burton was in the Army. There are also several files of materials pertaining to friends or family members, although the relationship is not clear.


  • Creation: undated, 1941-1945


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.


Burton Ingraham and Gladys Forbes married on 12 September 1941 and resided in Hartford, Connecticut. The correspondence from Burton to his wife, "Butch" begins in January 1942. By April of that year he was stationed at Ft. Knox and was transferred to Ft. Polk by June 1942. A member of the 3580th QM Company, U.S. Army, Ingraham was shipped to England before seeing action in France, and for a short period, Germany. The correspondence ends in October 1945.

Gladys worked for the Colt Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford for the duration of the correspondence until April 1945 when she was laid off.


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Language of Materials



Corporal Burton Ingraham served in the 3580th QM Company, U.S. Army, and was stationed at Camp Polk, Louisiana before being shipped out to England and later France. The correspondence is primarly from Cpl. Ingraham to his wife, Gladys ("Butch") Forbes Ingraham, although there are also letters from Gladys' brother, Gerald Forbes, and several other acquaintances. A small portion of the collection contains information about the Colt Manufacturing Company in Hartford where Gladys was employed.


Series I: Correspondence (undated, 1941-1945) inlcudes correspondence from Burton to Gladys, a small file of letters from Gladys to Burton and one file of letters from Gerald to Gladys.

Series II: Family and Friends Materials (undated, 1941-1945) contains ephemera, correspondence, memoranda, legal and financial documents pertaining to individuals associated with the Ingraham's.

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired in 2002.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to the experiences of Connecticut residents while in the military. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

The Coltsman, June 1 [no year], October 1944.

Telephone Directory. Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, April 1945.

Photographs are located in the University Photograph collection under MSS20020077.

Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Burton Ingraham Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2005 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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