Guide to the Louise Copeland letters

Guide to the Louise Copeland letters
1943-1944

Collection number: HMC-0765.
Creator: Copeland, Louise.
Title: Louise Copeland letters.
Dates: 1943-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Letters of a woman who worked for a U.S. Army Engineering unit stationed at Ladd Field in Fairbanks.

Biographical note:
Louise Copeland was from Georgia. During World War II she worked for a U. S. Army engineering unit stationed at Ladd Field in Fairbanks.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the World War II era letters of Louise Copeland. The collection contains four letters written by Louise Copeland to her friend Madge Owen, who worked at a U. S. Army engineering office in Atlanta, Georgia. The first letter, dated September 5, 1943, was written from Seattle before leaving for Alaska. In the letter, she comments on her trip from Georgia, her travel companions, and their stay in Seattle. The second letter, dated September 22, 1943, was written from Fairbanks two weeks after arriving in Alaska. In the letter, she discusses her trip up from Seattle and describes life in Fairbanks including prices for meals, commodities and services, male friends, her friend Doris, night life, and the scenery. The third letter, dated June 16, 1944, is written from Ladd Field and comments on the long days, flowers, mosquitoes, local dwellings, and an upcoming trip to Circle. The final letter, dated August 1, 1944, was written from Ladd Field. In the letter she relates that she will be leaving Fairbanks at the end of the month and arriving home in Atlanta in September, but has not decided what to do about continuing to work for the army.

Arrangement: The letters are arranged chronologically.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to the collection.

Preferred citation: Louise Copeland letters, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: One of the letters was donated to the Archives by Steve Levi in May 2005. The remainder of the collection was purchased on eBay in November 2005.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide was converted to current standard in 2016 by Gwen Sieja.

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