Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox .
Collection number: BLC-CR26
Title: Stuart Wiggin Collection, 1944-1946
Dates: 1944-1946, bulk 1944-1945
Extent: .5 linear feet 98 letters
Collection Scope and Content
This collection contains 98 letters and documents from and about U.S. Navy Pvt. Stuart Wiggin and mailed to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Wiggin of San Bornville, N.H. Pvt. Wiggin was a part of the U.S.S. Bushnell Submarine Squadron One, stationed at the U.S. Submarine Base in New London, CT; Camp Shoemaker, CA; Fort George G. Meade, MD; U.S.S. Blackfin, San Francisco; and Fort Devens, Ayer, MA. Other locations mentioned are Mare Island, Pearl Harbor and Guam. Pvt. Wiggins' letters depict a young man missing his home and his parents. He writes to his mom about being poor, how poker starts after pay day, touring the local towns, camp inspections and getting his shots. Pvt. Wiggins starts electrical school and then goes on to take advance engineering courses and firefighting classes. The collection also includes forms on beginning Navy training, a postcard of a new location, two change of address forms, October's party poem and the official batting order of Cincinnati.
Arranged roughly chronologically.
001 Mar. 16-July 29, 1944
002 Aug. 1-Dec. 27, 1944
003 Jan. 1-Apr. 24, 1945
004 May 6-July 26, 1945
005 Aug. 8, 1945-May 31, 1946