The Pattie Heely World War II Collection documents the experiences of Lawrenceville alumni servicemen. The bulk of the documents are letters written to Mrs. Heely. Typical letters include thoughts on their combat experience, basic training, and the war in general; and updates on alumni families. Also included are newsletters, newspaper clippings, marriage announcements, and photographs of children of alums. Some prominent alumni represented in the collection include Edward Chase, Malcolm Forbes, Robert Goheen, Samuel Slaymaker, and Henry S.M. Uhl. The bulk of the documents date from the last year of World War II to shortly thereafter.
Single photocopies and digital photographs may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Archivist. Researchers are responsible for determining any other copyright questions.
Pattie Heely was born Frances Thompson in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1903. She married Allan V. Heely in June of 1927. Mrs. Heely arrived at The Lawrenceville School in November of 1934 after her husband became the fourth Head Master of the school.
At the outbreak of World War II, Pattie Heely saw a need to maintain a strong connection between the school and the alumni in the armed forces. She corresponded with servicemen and solicited information. She then compiled this information and distributed newsletters to the Lawrentians in military service. After the war, Mrs. Heely compiled many of the quotes of interest from her correspondence and included them in a booklet entitled Bons Mots Militaries. She also created The Lawrenceville War Memorial book which honored alumni who were killed in action. She remained in service to the school until her husband's death in 1959. Her interest in the school continued until her passing.
She passed away on July 11, 1978.
This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Files by Class Year, 1937-1991; Series 2: "Thank You" Letters, 1949-1952; Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1944-1951.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The custodial history of this collection is unclear. It was transferred to the Archives sometime before the Archives moved to its current location.
Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives guidelines.
Information in the biographical note was gathered from material within the collection, as well as Five Miles Away: The Story of The Lawrenceville School by Samuel R. Slaymaker, II and Lawrentian, October, 1978, vol. 43, no. 1.
This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in September of 2011.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pattie Heely World War II Collection, Box and Folder Number; The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives. http://archivesspace.lawrenceville.org/repositories/2/resources/4 Accessed October 22, 2017.
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