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William Burnett letter

Guide to the William Burnett letter

Collection number: HMC-0811.
Creator: Burnett, William.
Title: William Burnett letter.
Date: 1941.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Letter written by a U.S. Army soldier in the 73rd Bombardment Squadron.

Biographical note:
William Burnett was a U.S. Army soldier in the 73rd Bombardment Squadron (Medium), stationed at Elmendorf Field on Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, in 1941.

Collection description:
The collection consists of a World War II era letter written by soldier William (Bill) Burnett from Elmendorf Field, to his brother Ted Burnett, in Pomona, California. The collection contains a single page letter and an illustrated envelope. In the letter, dated August 28, 1941, Burnett writes about friends that have enlisted or have been drafted into the army, a recent trip to the Yukon Territory, and how he enjoyed a camping trip he took with fellow soldiers and an “old sourdough” in the hills about sixty miles from base. The air mail envelope contains an illustrated map with the title, “Alaska –United States via PAA.” An inset in the map contains a small combination photographic print of an amphibious airplane landing on the water and a sled and dog team in the foreground. The caption on the print reads “Souvenir of Inauguration of Air Mail Service, Alaska to ‘The States.'”

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in original order.

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

Rights note: Archives does not have rights to material in this collection.

Preferred citation: William Burnett letter, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was purchased via Internet auction in 2005.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2015.

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