Guide to the Lawrence J. Juipe letters
Collection number: HMC-0889.
Creator: Juipe, Lawrence J.
Title: Lawrence J. Juipe letters.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Letters from a U.S. Army soldier in transport to Alaska by steamship.
Lawrence J. Juipe was from Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Detroit on October 2, 1941. He was ordered to service in Alaska, traveling there by steamship up the Inside Passage in May of 1942. Lawrence Juipe died in Pierson, Florida, in 2001.
The collection contains two World War II era letters with envelopes written by Private Lawrence Juipe to his mother in Detroit, Michigan, while traveling by ship to Alaska in 1942. The letters were written on Alaska Steamship Company stationery. In the first letter, postmarked from Skagway and dated May 4th, Juipe writes that his ship arrived in Skagway that morning at 3:00 A.M. and would be leaving port in the late afternoon. He also writes that he will go out and see the town after lunch, that he has been picked by division headquarters to be a clerk, and that it will probably be a few more days before he reaches his final destination in Alaska. In the second letter, postmarked from Seward and dated May 7th, Juipe writes that his ship has been sailing for seven days and that he believes his final destination will be Seward or Anchorage. He also writes about the stops his ship has made on its voyage (Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway), comments on the weather, the towns and people he has seen along the coast, and tells of his time on watch, practice use of the ship’s guns, and rough seas on the voyage.
Arrangement: The collection is 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 does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.
Preferred citation: Lawrence J. Juipe letters, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was purchased via Internet auction in 2006.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2015.