Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox .
Collection number: BLC-CR06
Title: Hilton Danielson Collection
Dates: 1942-1945, bulk 1945
Extent: .25 linear feet 45 Letters
Collection Scope and Content
This collection contains 45 letters (some on U.S. Army's USO stationery), photographs, and documents by Private Hilton Danielson produced during his time spent at Camp Fannin, Texas (circa 1945). Letters are addressed to his wife Mrs. Lorraine Danielson and cover day-to-day activities they each faced. Letters were sometimes written daily and frequently reference the unreliability of the armed service mailing system. Mr. Danielson talks about training for chemical warfare and how to put on a gas mask, and scolds his wife about missing letters and not writing more. This collection primarily addresses their relationship and what life may be like when he is home. Accompanying the letters are a copy of the Camp Fannin Guidon newspaper dated October 25, 1945, Mr. Danielson's $10,000 life insurance policy through National Service Life Insurance, six photos of the men in Pvt. Danielson's division, two postcards, and a Thanksgiving party invitation. Pvt. Danielson went to see the 11th Regiment vs. 15th Regiment boxing match and within the collection there is a pamphlet listing the boxers. Also included is Mrs. Danielson's Military Army Wives Club pin pass; it was lost and then mailed to Pvt. Danielson, who mailed it back to her.
Records are arranged chronologically.
001 August 4-14, 1945
002 August 15-23, 1945
003 August 23-26, 1945
004 August 26-30, 1945
005 August 31-September 5, 1945
006 September 6-8, 1945
007 September 9-14, 1945
008 September 17-November 20, 1945
009 November 20-28, 1945
010 November 29 - December 4, 1945
011 Photos of Company, party invitation, Camp Fannin Guidon