Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Garrison Dover Correspondence, 1943-1945

Finding aid created by
Marvin Brandwin and Meg Hixon, March 2012

Summary Information
Title: Garrison Dover correspondence
Creator: Dover, Jane and Dover, Garrison
Inclusive dates: 1943-1945
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
This collection contains World War II-era correspondence between Garrison ("Garry") and Jane Dover of Queens, New York, as well as letters that Garrison Dover received from other family members. Jane told Garrison, an army private, about her social activities, her work, and life on the home front; he wrote about his affection for her and his uncertainty about overseas deployment while stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and at Camp Beale, California.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3460.1.

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:

Garrison Dover Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Garrison T. Dover of Queens, New York, and his wife Jane were married on September 12, 1943. Shortly thereafter, he joined the United States Army, serving first at the Ordnance Readiness Training Complex at the Aberdeen Proving Ground near Aberdeen, Maryland. In March 1944, he was transferred to Camp Beale, California; by May, he had been deployed overseas with Casual Company 34 of the 5th Replacement Depot. Dover spent much of the summer of 1944 in General Hospitals 49 and 80, and relocated to Mason General Hospital on Long Island before January 1945. As of June 1945, Dover, who had been discharged, was a salesman in Utica, New York.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection (96 items) contains World War II-era correspondence between Garrison ("Garry") and Jane Dover of Queens, New York, as well as letters that Garrison Dover received from other family members.

Jane Dover wrote the majority of the letters, describing her life and social activities on the home front and commenting on her work for a temp agency, finances, and, on one occasion, the effect of the Victory Tax on her paycheck (October 29, 1943); she frequently sent money to her husband. Her letters also reflect Garrison's updates about his training at the Aberdeen Proving Ground from October 1943-March 1944.

Between March 17, 1944, and April 10, 1944, Garrison Dover wrote 12 letters to his wife from Camp Beale, California, where he anticipated being sent overseas. He described his travels to Sacramento on weekend passes and various aspects of camp life. On May 23, 1944, his wife reported that a Ouija game had predicted his return home on April 2, 1945, and she sent him a birthday card in late August. Her letter of September 14, 1944, mentions a hurricane threatening Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jane also wrote about the 1944 presidential election, including her growing distaste for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (September 26, 1944) and a literacy test she underwent as a first-time voter (October 12, 1944). Her final letter to Garrison is dated February 7, 1945, during his recovery at Mason General Hospital in Brentwood, Long Island. The collection also contains a card that Jane wrote to her husband in June 1945, while he lived and worked in Utica, New York, and letters that Garrison Dover received from family members.

Subject Terms

    • Camp Beale (Calif.)
    • Military spouses.
    • Ordnance School (U.S.)
    • Presidents--United States--Election--1944.
    • Queens (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs.
    • Richmond Hill (New York, N.Y.)
    • Sacramento (Calif.)--Description and travel.
    • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    • Women--United States.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   1  
    Correspondence [series]
    Folders   1-10  
     October 25, 1943-June 5, 1945