William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Solinske-Walter Correspondence, 1942-1945
Meg Hixon, February 2013
Solinske, James, 1919-1997 and Solinske, Virginia Walter, 1923-1993
2.75 linear feet
The Solinske-Walter correspondence is primarily made up of letters that Sergeant James Solinske exchanged with his fiancée, Virginia Walter, while serving in England with the 52nd General Hospital during World War II.
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
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.
Solinske-Walter Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
- Series I: Correspondence
- Series II: Photographs
- Series III: Scrapbook
- Series IV: Field Manuals
- Series V: Stamps and Miscellaneous
The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically.
James Solinske was born in 1919 and grew up in Syracuse, New York. He became engaged to Virginia Walter ("Ginny") (1923-1993) shortly before joining the United States Army in 1941. Solinske was a lieutenant with the 52nd General Hospital in Wolverly, England, and treated casualties from the D-Day invasions and the Battle of the Bulge. Walter remained in Syracuse, where she worked for the Crucible Steel Company of America. Solinske and Walter married after the war. James Solinske died in 1997.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Solinske-Walter correspondence is primarily made up of letters that Sergeant James Solinske exchanged with his fiancée, Virginia Walter ("Ginny"), while serving in England with the 52nd General Hospital during World War II.
The Correspondence series , which comprises the bulk of the collection, consists of the couple's almost-daily letters to one another throughout their wartime separation, which include V-mail letters and picture postcards of Syracuse, New York. Solinske and Walter primarily discussed their daily lives and plans for their forthcoming marriage, and occasionally commented on war news, particularly around the end of the war. One letter refers to the ethics of killing German prisoners of war (February 25, 1945). The series also has a postcard book from Alexandria, Louisiana, where Solinske was stationed during his training.
The Photographs series contains 4 unlabeled black and white photographs; 2 depict men in World War II-era military uniforms.
The Scrapbook contains war-era newspaper clippings, often with jokes or humorous cartoons, and greeting cards from James Solinske to Ginny Walter. Though the couple were not yet married, he often addressed her as his "wife."
The collection's 2 Field Manuals are entitled Military Courtesy and Discipline (June 15, 1942) and First Aid for Soldiers (April 7, 1943).
The final series contains approximately 100 cancelled World War II-era Stamps . Many of the cancellation stamps encourage readers to purchase war bonds.
- Syracuse (N.Y.)
- United States. Army. General Hospital, 52nd.
- United States. Army--Military life--Caricatures and cartoons.
- World War, 1939-1945--England.
- World War, 1939-1945--Medical care.
- World War, 1939-1945--United States.
- Alexandria (La.)
- Syracuse (N.Y.)
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Greeting cards.
- Letters (correspondence)
- Manuals (instructional materials)
- Picture postcards.
- Postage stamps.