Guide to the Donald Burney Collection, 1942-1949

Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox .

Collection number:     BLC-CR04
Title:     Donald Burney Collection, 1942-1949
Dates:     1942-1949, bulk 1944-1945
Extent:     .5 linear feet 83 Letters

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains 83 letters, V-mail and documents from and about U.S. Army member Donald Burney (created 1942-1945). Mr. Burney spent time in Italy, France and Germany. Letters address Burney’s time spent living in tents, and his tent mate Jack Williams who regularly corresponds with Burney’s parents. Burney spends time in Paris where he talks about the food shortage in the city and his unit's station at a private hotel. He discusses Bob, a Navy friend, and how much he likes service friends Sperry and Jack. While in Italy, Burney visits Rome and spends a good deal of time swimming, concluding that since he spends more time on water than on land, during the next war he will join the Navy. Burney says the men at home would take the jobs they could if they knew the work that men were doing in the service.


Arranged roughly chronologically.

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Collection Contents


001        July 10, 1942-Dec. 23, 1943
002        Jan. 25, 1944-June 25, 1944
003        June 25, 1944-Dec. 2, 1944
004        Jan. 11, 1945-Aug. 24, 1945
005        May 9, 1945-Sept. 14, 1945 and luggage tag