Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Powell Glass, Jr., Papers, 1941-1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Powell Glass, Jr., papers
Creator: Glass, Powell
Inclusive dates: 1941-1945
Bulk dates: 1944-1945
Extent: 10 items
This collection contains letters and a document concerning Major Powell Glass, Jr., who served at the 5th Marine Corps Division headquarters during the Second World War. His request for additional leave in April 1941 is included, as are 9 letters he wrote to his parents between January 1944 and August 1945, in which he discussed his leisure activities, the war, and President Franklin Roosevelt.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3359.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Powell Glass, Jr., Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Powell Glass, Jr., was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on February 21, 1917, to Powell and Anne Glass. His grandfather, Carter Glass, served as United States Secretary of the Treasury between 1918 and 1920, and his father, Powell Glass, Sr., served as a major in France during the First World War, and later worked as a newspaper editor. The family published a Lynchburg newspaper, the News and Daily Advance. Glass joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve before 1941, and served as a major with the 5th Marine Corps Division headquarters in 1944 and 1945. He married before 1945. He died in February 1979.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 9 letters and 1 document concerning Major Powell Glass, Jr., who served at the 5th Marine Corps Division headquarters during the Second World War.

The first item is Glass's request for a 16-day leave from the United States Marine Corps Reserve, dated April 30, 1941 and approved on the following day by Harvey B. Miller and James F. Moriarty. Glass wrote the remaining 9 letters to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Powell Glass of Lynchburg, Virginia, between January 19, 1944, and August 12, 1945. Glass ("Red") reported briefly on his activities with the marines, often noting boredom, and discussed family news. He frequently referred to family members Marianne and Anne, mentioned his father's illness, and provided news of acquaintances who also served in the military. In later letters, Glass remarked about his relationship and leisure activities with Fran and Bill Weber, a couple who lived near headquarters. Glass occasionally commented on current events, such as the Allied offensive to liberate the Philippines (November 27, 1944). On April 26, 1945, he shared his opinions on the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt, including his apprehension about the abilities of Roosevelt's successor, Harry S. Truman.

Three letters are written on United States Marine Corps stationery.

Subject Terms

    • Families of military personnel--United States.
    • Lynchburg (Va.)
    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
    • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
    • United States. Marine Corps. Division, 5th.
    • United States. Marine Corps--Leaves and furloughs.
    • United States. Marine Corps--Military life.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Theater.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • United States. Marine Corps--Insignia.
    • Glass, Powell, Jr., 1917-1979.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Military records.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   9, World War II Small Collections  
    Powell Glass, Jr., papers [series]
    Folder   17  
     April 30, 1941-August 12, 1945
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The University of Virginia's Special Collections hold the Powell Glass papers, related to Powell Glass, Jr.'s father.


    Stockbridge, Frank Parker. "Carter Glass: The New Secretary of the Treasury." The World's Work 37.5 (March 1919), pp. 505-508.