Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
U. S. Serviceman's Letters, Stams (Austria), 1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: U.S. Serviceman’s Letters, Stams (Austria)
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1945
Extent: 5 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 5 letters from a man named George, who wrote to his mother while he served with the United States Armed Forces in Stams, Austria, during May and June 1945. He told his mother of his daily life, recounted a day trip to nearby Innsbruck, and shared news of acquaintances from the United States.

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
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3384.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

U.S. Serviceman’s Letters, Stams (Austria), William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

"George," a member of the United States Armed Forces, served in Stams, Austria, during May and June 1945.


Collection Scope and Content Note

"George," a member of the United States Armed Forces, wrote 5 letters (9.5 pages) to his mother while stationed in Stams, Austria, in May and June 1945.

He often reported receiving and sending correspondence and packages, including a shipment of fudge that had spoiled (May 12, 1945), and responded to news of people he knew in the United States. Occasionally, he mentioned the draft and the possibility of acquaintances serving in the military, and in one letter commented on the death of a friend named Bert Vollmer, who had also served in Europe (May 29, 1945). George wrote about various aspects of military life, such as inspections, and remarked about the weather and daily life in Austria. He mentioned the work of local citizens, who spent most of their time farming, and in his letter of June 10, 1945, he described the haying process. On May 31, 1945, he wrote of a recent trip to nearby Innsbruck, where he went skiing and attended an opera, and reported that the military had resumed censorship of soldiers' letters.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Farmers--Austria.
    • Hay--Harvesting.
    • Innsbruck (Austria)--Description and travel.
    • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
    • Stams (Austria)
    • United States. Armed Forces.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   10, World War II Small Collections  
    U.S. Serviceman’s Letters, Stams (Austria) [series]:
    Folder   6  
      May 12, 1945-June 10, 1945