Pattie Heely World War II Collection
Scope and Contents
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.
- 1937 - 1991
- Majority of material found within 1941 - 1945
- Heely, Frances Thompson (Pattie) (Collector, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
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.
Biographical / Historical
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.
11.68 Linear Feet (30 boxes)
Language of Materials
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.
This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in September of 2011.
- Heely, Allan Vanderhoef
- Lawrenceville (N.J.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lawrenceville School -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- The Lawrenceville School Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Anecdotes. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- greeting cards Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- marriage announcements Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- newspaper clippings Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- postcards Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- wedding announcements Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Pattie Heely World War II Collection: Finding Aid
- Casey Babcock
- October 5, 2011
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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