William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Laurence Barrett Family Papers, 1938-1960s
Meg Hixon, October 2011
Laurence Barrett family papers
0.25 linear feet
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
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
Donated, 2009. M-4812.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Laurence Barrett family papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
- Series I: Correspondence
- Series II: The Hillcote Herald
- Series III: Photographs
- Series IV: Printed items
The first two series are arranged chronologically.
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.
- Ireland--Description and travel.
- Katonah (N.Y.)
- United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Barrett, Laurence, 1915-2002.
- Barrett, Heidi.
- Barrett, Robertson Treloar, 1918-2011.
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Letters (correspondence)
| Container / Location
October 29, 1937-August 5, 1945 and undated
The Hillcote Herald [series]:
July 24, 1939-October 3, 1943
Printed Items [series]:
Additional Descriptive Data
"Robertson Treloar Barrett." Sequim Gazette [Sequim, Washington] 2 March 2011: Obituaries.