Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Norman C. Stewart Collection, 1942-1945

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

Summary Information
Title: Norman C. Stewart collection
Creator: Stewart, Dorothy Seltzer
Inclusive dates: 1942-1945
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection is primarily made up of letters that Pharmacist's Mate Norman C. Stewart wrote to his girlfriend and later wife, Dorothy Seltzer of Norristown, Pennsylvania, about his experiences in the United States Navy during World War II. Stewart served at the United States Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island; in Oakland, California; and in the Pacific Theater.
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:

1998. M-3460.1.

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:

Norman C. Stewart Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Mervin Stewart School Essays

Biography

Norman C. Stewart was born on March 3, 1917, the son of Katie D. Stewart. He had two brothers, Sander and Mervin. Stewart enlisted in the United States Navy before April 1942, and worked in a laboratory at the United States Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1943 and 1944, he trained at Alameda, California, and at the hospital corps school in Portsmouth, Virginia. He served in the Pacific Theater in 1945, assisting with air evacuations from and between overseas and domestic bases, and was discharged in October.

Stewart married Dorothy H. Seltzer of Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1943, and the couple had two daughters: Beth and Nancy. He died on April 6, 2008.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 56 letters that Pharmacist's Mate Norman C. Stewart wrote to his girlfriend and later wife, Dorothy Seltzer of Norristown, Pennsylvania, about his experiences in the United States Navy during World War II. Stewart served at the United States Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island; in Oakland, California; and in the Pacific Theater. One letter by Norman's mother Katie and two school essays by Norman's brother Mervin complete the collection.

Stewart's correspondence concerns his navy service in Rhode Island, California, and the Pacific Theater from April 12, 1942-October 27, 1945. Only 1 letter from 1944 is present. Stewart discussed his work in a hospital laboratory while at Newport, and training maneuvers while at Alameda, California.

From February 1945-October 1945, Stewart commented on his travels in the Pacific, such as visits to Hawaii and Guam. His leisure activities included reading, attending football games, and seeing movies. Stewart's later letters concern the discharge process and his anticipated return to civilian life. Throughout his military service, he wrote of his love for Dorothy.

Mervin Stewart, Norman's brother, wrote 2 school essays in September 1943: "Verbal vs. Chemical Poison," about Axis propaganda, and "Country versus City Life." Stewart's teacher made brief remarks on each essay with a red pencil.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Alameda Naval Air Station (Calif.)
    • Laboratory technicians.
    • Military discharge--United States.
    • Newport (R.I.)
    • Oakland (Calif.)
    • Sailors--United States.
    • United States Naval Hospital (Newport, R. I.)
    • United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945.
    • United States. Navy. Hospital Corps.
    • United States. Navy--Military life.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Hospitals.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Medical care.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
    • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Stewart, Katie.
    • Stewart, Mervin.
    • Stewart, Norman, 1917-2008.
    Genre Terms:
    • Essays.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-6
     April 12, 1942-October 27, 1945, and  undated
     
    Mervin Stewart School Essays [series]
    Box   1 Folder   7
    "Verbal vs. Chemical Poison,"  September 21, 1943
    Box   1 Folder   7
    "Country versus City Life,"  September 23, 1943