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Letter from Charles R. Winthrop to Mary Winthrop

 Collection — Box: GTM Shared Box 16, Folder: 9
Identifier: GTM-20231227

Scope and Contents

Four-page handwritten letter on USO letterhead from Charles R. Winthrop to his wife Mary Winthrop. At the time Winthrop was serving with the 372nd Infantry, a segregated African American regiment then serving in World War II. With original envelope with "Idle Gossip Sinks Ships" stamped to front. Winthrop served as a Chaplain and mentions staying busy with marrying six couples and several conferences in the preceding month. Of special note is his mentioning that he will try to see Paul Robeson as Othello, though tickets had been tough to come by. Winthrop goes on to say that he recently met with Robeson's brother Ben and Mrs. Robeson, presumably Eslanda Goode Robeson, who was living in Connecticut at the time. Remaining content deals with Winthrop's daily duties and what to buy Ruth and Ralph for their wedding present. A brief snapshot into stateside life of an African American regiment in the heart of World War II.

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  • 1943


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Capitol City Books using the Robert P. Daly, Sr. Memorial Library Fund, 2023.

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The letter has been rehoused in an acid-free box and folder.

Letter from Charles R. Winthrop to Mary Winthrop
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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