Guide to the Laurence Shorey Collection, 1942-1945

Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox.

Collection number:     BLC-CR22
Title:     Laurence Shorey Collection, 1942-1945
Dates:     1942-1945
Extent:     .25 linear feet 19 letters

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains 19 letters, seven V-mail, and a briefing on the Solomon Islands (created 1942-1945). Laurence Shorey served in the U.S. Navy stationed at Camp Bradford in Virginia, but spent most of his time in the South and Central Pacific. The correspondences within this collection are from Mr. Shorey to a Miss Anne Withington. Miss Withington spends time abroad and in the United States, and correspondences to her are addressed to locations in California, New York, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Some of Mr. Shorey’s letters have sections cut out meaning they were censored, but topics briefly addressed in some of the letters include being a member of the Tokio Rose (Tokyo Rose), V-Day, the strange fruit he is trying, and movies he has had the opportunity to see such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Son of Monte Cristo. Mr. Shorey’s letters speak of day-to-day life. The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire is addressed in multiple letters as Miss Withington seeks employment at the Naval Yard.


Arranged roughly chronologically.

Related Material

Randall J. Cushing Collection

Collection Contents


001        Sept. 27, 1942-Dec. 23, 1943
002        Mar. 2, 1944-May 2, 1945
003        July 7, 1947-June 28, 1950