William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Charles T. Hancock Collection, 1943-1944
Meg Hixon, September 2012
Charles T. Hancock collection
Hancock, Charles T., Sr., and Hancock, Florence R.
This collection includes 13 letters that Charles T. Hancock, Jr., wrote to his parents in Mount Vernon, New York, while working for the Civilian Public Service (CPS) near Glendora, California, from 1943-1944. He discussed his life in camp, the scenery, pacifism, and his leisure activities.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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The collection is open for research.
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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.
Charles T. Hancock Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.
Charles T. Hancock, Jr., known as "Tommy," was born in New York around 1915, the son of Charles T. Hancock and Florence R. Hancock. He had at least one sister, Valda. Prior to World War II, he lived in the Bronx, New York, and worked in the credit department of a bank. A conscientious objector, he spent much of the war working at the Civilian Public Service Camp at Petersham, Massachusetts, and at the San Dimas Civilian Public Service Camp in Glendora, California. While in California, he was employed in agricultural jobs and helped with a timber survey near Big Bear Lake.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection primarily contains 13 letters that Charles T. Hancock, Jr., wrote to his parents in Mount Vernon, New York, while working for the Civilian Public Service (CPS) near Glendora, California, from 1943-1944. He discussed his life in camp, the scenery, pacifism, and his leisure activities.
Hancock addressed his letters to his parents, Charles T. and Florence R. Hancock, who had recently moved from the Bronx, New York, to Mount Vernon, New York. He composed 13 letters between June 21, 1943, and August 29, 1944, primarily about his time at the Civilian Public Service Camp at Petersham, Massachusetts, and at the San Dimas Civilian Public Service Camp in Glendora, California, where he worked in agricultural jobs and helped with a timber survey near Big Bear Lake. He described life at the camps and in Glendora, where he spent some of his leisure time and socialized with students from Scripps College. He visited Ensenada, Mexico (letter of May 15, 1944), and commented on the currency, attitudes toward the war, the Mexican Army, and the scenery. On his return to California, he passed through San Diego, where he noticed the camouflage netting around Consolidated and Douglas airplane manufacturing plants. Hancock made occasional remarks about pacifism and mentioned Methodist and Quaker religious meetings. In his letter of July 18, 1944, he enclosed an excerpt from Eleanor Roosevelt's column "If You Ask Me," in the Ladies Home Journal, and a program from a London String Quartet performance.
Additional items are an undated letter to Florence Hancock from H. Brewster of North Hollywood, California, a brochure for the Padua Hills Theater and its "Mexican Players," and a newspaper clipping about a home in Chatham, Massachusetts.
- Big Bear Lake (San Bernardino County, Calif. : Lake)
- California--Description and travel.
- Civilian Public Service.
- Civilian Public Service. Camp (Ashburnham, Mass.)
- Civilian Public Service. Camp (Glendora, Calif.)
- Civilian Public Service. Camp (Petersham, Mass.)
- Ensenada (Baja California, Mexico)--Description and travel.
- Glendora (Calif.)
- London String Quartet.
- Padua Hills Theatre (Claremont, Calif.)
- Real property tax.
- Scripps College.
- World War, 1939-1945--Camouflage.
- World War, 1939-1945--Conscientious objectors.
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Letters (correspondence)
- Programs (documents)