Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Laurence Barrett Family Papers, 1938-1960s

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Laurence Barrett family papers
Creator: Barrett family
Inclusive dates: 1938-1960s
Bulk dates: 1938-1945
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
The Laurence Barrett family papers consist primarily of correspondence written between Laurence Barrett and his siblings during the World War II era, while Barrett served in the United States Navy. The collection contains several editions of the Hillcote Herald, which provided news of the extended Barrett family.

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:

Donated, 2009. M-4812.

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:

Laurence Barrett family papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: The Hillcote Herald
  • Series III: Photographs
  • Series IV: Printed items

The first two series are arranged chronologically.


Biography

Laurence Barrett, the son of Robertson Barrett and Mabel Backus, was born in 1915 in New York, and had at least three siblings: Robertson, Jr. ("Bob"), Adelaide ("Heidi"), and Geoffrey. After pursuing a career in education, he joined the Navy Reserve shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He reached the rank of lieutenant during the war, serving on the USS PC-1176 , a submarine chaser. His brother Bob was a pilot for the Army Air Forces, while Heidi remained in Katonah, New York. Laurence and his wife, Ruth DeVoe, had three children: Barbara, Laurence, and Timothy. He died in 2002.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Laurence Barrett family papers consist primarily of correspondence written between Laurence Barrett and his siblings during the World War II era, while Barrett served in the United States Navy. The collection contains several editions of the Hillcote Herald, which provided news of the extended Barrett family. The earliest items in the collection, written in lengthy letters to his parents in the late 1930s, document Laurence's attempt to secure a teaching position at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and his visit to Ireland. Though Barrett enlisted in the Navy and served during the Second World War, the family's correspondence tended to be lighthearted, and Laurence and his siblings most often discussed matters other than the war. One somber exception is the December 7, 1941 edition of The Hillcote Herald, whose authors reflected, "This is, we suppose IT. IT being the thing that a great many millions of Americans have been hoping might someday be prevented from taking place." Though most of the material originated from members of the Barrett family, Laurence received mail from several acquaintances from his prewar educational endeavors.

Additional items include numerous unlabeled snapshots, several printed booklets about Wales, two book catalogs, two newspaper clippings about the Navy Reserves, and an Irish road atlas.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Ireland--Description and travel.
    • Katonah (N.Y.)
    • United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945.
    • World War, 1939-1945.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Sailing ships.
    Contributors:
    • Barrett, Laurence, 1915-2002.
    • Barrett, Heidi.
    • Barrett, Robertson Treloar, 1918-2011.
    Genre Terms:
    • Atlases.
    • Books.
    • Catalogs.
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Snapshots.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Correspondence [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   1-13
      October 29, 1937-August 5, 1945 and  undated
     
    The Hillcote Herald [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   14-19
      July 24, 1939-October 3, 1943
     
    Photographs [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   20
     Undated
     
    Printed Items [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   21-22
     Undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "Robertson Treloar Barrett." Sequim Gazette [Sequim, Washington] 2 March 2011: Obituaries.