Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Earl Hecht Letters, 1943-1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Earl Hecht letters
Creator: Hecht, Franklyn
Inclusive dates: 1943-1945
Extent: 39 items
This collection contains letters and a Christmas card Earl W. Hecht sent to his brother Franklyn while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Hecht described life in the navy while stationed in North Africa, Scotland, and England, and often discussed collectible stamps and currency.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2003. M-4320.10.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Earl Hecht Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Earl W. Hecht served as an electrician's mate, third class, in the United States Navy during World War II. He served in North Africa, Scotland, and England between 1943 and 1945. His brother Franklyn lived and worked in Queens, New York, during the war.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 38 letters, 1 v-mail letter, and 1 Christmas card Earl W. Hecht sent to his brother Franklyn, while Earl was serving in the United States Navy during World War II. The correspondence is dated between May 25, 1943, and April 29, 1945, and covers Hecht's service in North Africa, Scotland, and England.

He wrote the first 4 letters and the Christmas card while serving in North Africa between May and December 1943, and the remaining letters while stationed in various locations around Scotland and England. He mentioned military life and his activities while on leave, including visits to restaurants in North Africa and a New Year's holiday in London (January 4, 1944), and commented about his fondness for drinking whiskey and about his supply of cigarettes. Hecht also regularly responded to news from home, and requested updates on his father, as well as other family members, including Edna, Anna, and Louise. Many letters contain Hecht's comments on local currency and foreign and domestic stamps, some of which he sent to his brother.

Subject Terms

    • Numismatics.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    • Stamp collecting.
    • United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945.
    • United States. Navy--Military life.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Africa, North.
    • World War, 1939-1945--England.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Scotland.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Bells.
    • Hecht, Earl W.
    Genre Terms:
    • Christmas cards.
    • Letters (correspondence.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   10, World War II Small Collections  
    Earl Hecht letters [series]
    Folders   8-11  
     May 25, 1943-April 29, 1945