Guide to the Hugh Enyeart Smith letters
Collection number: HMC-0633.
Creator: Smith, Hugh Enyeart.
Title: Hugh Enyeart Smith letters.
Dates: 1942-1943, 1946.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letters from a serviceman stationed in Alaska.
Hugh Enyeart Smith was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He served as a Seabee in the 13th Naval Construction Battalion from June 1942 to October 1943. While with the battalion, he was located at Camps Allen and Bradford in Norfolk, Virginia until August 1942, at which point the unit was transferred to Port Huenume, California and shortly thereafter to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. In September 1943, the unit was stationed at Camp Parks, California. In October 1943, Hugh Smith was transferred to the 89th Naval Construction Battalion at Camp Parks. From March to November 1944, he served with the Supply Depot at Camp Parks and the Commissary Depot from November to December 1944. Sometime later, he was attached to the 1058th Naval Construction Battalion Detachment, stationed at Barrow, Alaska until January 1946. His service with the Navy ended in February 1946.
The collection consists of 94 letters with envelopes from Hugh Enyeart Smith to his girlfriend, Jessie Hatter of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In the letters, he describes his leisure activities, such as attending movies and shows, his thoughts about military service, the people met, news from home, and his feelings for Jessie.
Arrangement: The letters are arranged in chronological order. Within the chronological arrangement, letters are separated into folders based on his location or assignment.
Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to these materials.
Preferred citation: Hugh Enyeart Smith letters, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Related materials: Other collections at the Archives relating to World War II in Alaska can be located through the World War II collections subject guide: http://libguides.consortiumlibrary.org/ASCWorldWarIIcollections.
Acquisition note: These materials were purchased from a third party vendor via internet auction. The Archives most likely did not obtain the full run of the correspondence.
Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2003. The finding aid was updated to meet current standards by Arlene Schmuland in 2013.
|Folder||Location and assignment||Date|
|1||Camp Allen, Norfolk, Virginia, 7 letters||1942 June-July|
|2||Camp Bradford, Norfolk, Virginia, 5 letters||1942 July-August|
|3||In transit from Virginia to Port Hueneme, California, near Atlanta, Georgia, 5 letters||1942 August|
|4||In transit from Port Hueneme, California to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 1 letter||1942 August|
|5-8||Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 31 letters||1942 December-1943 August|
|9-10||Camp Parks, California, 13th U. S. Naval Construction Battalion, 16 letters||1943 September-1944 February|
|11||Camp Parks, California, Station Force Supply Depot, 19 letters||1944 March-November|
|12||Camp Parks, California, Station Force, Commissary Depot, 2 letters||1944 November-December|
|13||Barrow, Alaska, 6 letters||1946 January|
|14||Kodiak, Alaska, 2 letters||1946 February|