Collection Number: 05664

Collection Title: Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)

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Size 5.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Allen Leroy Campbell (1921-2011), of Statesville, N.C., served in the United States Navy during World War II. Campbell attended boot camp at Camp Peary, Va., and was in Gulfport, Miss., and Camp Shoemaker, Calif., before boarding the U.S.S. Oakland, where he was stationed until his separation from the Navy at Camp Shelton, Va., on 22 January 1946. He and his wife, Hazel, had two children, Allen, Jr., and Virginia. The collection consists of over 400 pieces of World War II correspondence, the majority of which are letters sent from Allen Leroy Campbell to his wife, Hazel, while he served in the United States Navy. Campbell discusses his experiences in boot camp and on the U.S.S. Oakland, as well as his travels. He is also very interested in how his family is faring, inquiring about his children, Allen, Jr. (referred to as Bud) and Virginia (referred to as Sis or Miss Pris), and expressing his love and concern for them and for his wife. There is a smaller amount of letters sent from Hazel to Allen, as well as letters received by Allen and Hazel from various relatives. Also included are a book prepared by Virginia Campbell Wiggins, daughter of Allen and Hazel, collecting and annotating the letters, along with other information related to the Campbell family and Allen's service in the United States Navy; a small number of photographs of Allen, Allen, Jr., and Virginia Campbell and the U.S.S. Oakland; and related material.
Creator Campbell, Allen Leroy
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Allen Leroy Campbell Papers #5664, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Virginia Wiggins of Durham, N.C., in December 2015 (Acc. 102461).
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Allen Leroy Campbell (1921-2011), of Statesville, N.C., served in the United States Navy during World War II. Campbell attended boot camp at Camp Peary, Va., and was in Gulfport, Miss., and Camp Shoemaker, Calif., before boarding the U.S.S. Oakland, where he was stationed until his separation from the Navy at Camp Shelton, Va., on 22 January 1946. He and his wife, Hazel, had two children, Allen, Jr., and Virginia.

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The collection consists of over 400 pieces of World War II correspondence, the majority of which are letters sent from Allen Leroy Campbell to his wife, Hazel, while he served in the United States Navy. Campbell discusses his experiences in boot camp and on the U.S.S. Oakland, as well as his travels. He is also very interested in how his family is faring, inquiring about his children, Allen, Jr. (referred to as Bud) and Virginia (referred to as Sis or Miss Pris), and expressing his love and concern for them and for his wife. There is a smaller amount of letters sent from Hazel to Allen, as well as letters received by Allen and Hazel from various relatives. Also included are a book prepared by Virginia Campbell Wiggins, daughter of Allen and Hazel, collecting and annotating the letters, along with other information related to the Campbell family and Allen's service in the United States Navy; a small number of photographs of Allen, Allen, Jr., and Virginia Campbell and the U.S.S. Oakland; and related material.

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About 500 items.

Arrangement: Letters are arranged chronologically; other materials are arranged alphabetically.

The collection consists of over 400 pieces of World War II correspondence, the majority of which are letters sent from Allen Leroy Campbell to his wife, Hazel, while he served in the United States Navy. Campbell discusses his experiences in boot camp and on the U.S.S. Oakland, as well as his travels. He is also very interested in how his family is faring, inquiring about his children, Allen, Jr. (referred to as Bud) and Virginia (referred to as Sis or Miss Pris), and expressing his love and concern for them and for his wife. There is a smaller amount of letters sent from Hazel to Allen, as well as letters received by Allen and Hazel from various relatives. Also included are a book prepared by Virginia Campbell Wiggins, daughter of Allen and Hazel, collecting and annotating the letters, along with other information related to the Campbell family and Allen's service in the United States Navy; a small number of photographs of Allen, Allen, Jr., and Virginia Campbell and the U.S.S. Oakland; and related material.

Folder 1

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 28 May 1944-23 June 1944 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 1

Folder 2

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 24 June 1944-10 July 1944 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 11 July 1944-22 August 1944 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 3

Folder 4

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 23 August 1944-16 September 1944 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 4

Folder 5

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 17 September 1944-10 October 1944 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 5

Folder 6

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 11 October 1944-8 November 1944 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 6

Folder 7

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 9 November 1944-29 January 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 7

Folder 8

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 2 February 1945-9 April 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 8

Folder 9

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 10 April 1945-30 April 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 9

Folder 10

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 2 May 1945-4 June 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 10

Folder 11

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 5 June 1945-5 July 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 11

Folder 12

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 6 July 1945-9 August 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 12

Folder 13

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 11 August 1945-8 September 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 13

Folder 14

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 9 September 1945-18 September 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 14

Folder 15

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 20 September 1945-7 October 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 15

Folder 16

Letters from Allen Leroy Campbell to Hazel Campbell, 9 October 1945-9 January 1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 16

Folder 17

Letters from Hazel Campbell to Allen Leroy Campbell, 1944-1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 17

Folder 18

Letters received by Allen Leroy Campbell, 1944-1946 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 18

Letters are primarily from various relatives. One letter, 11 March 1946, is from someone Campbell was stationed with and discusses adjusting back to civilian life and other changes.

Folder 19

Letters received by Hazel Campbell, 1944-1945 and undated #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 19

Letters are from various relatives, primarily a sister, Jettie Mae, in Bassier City, La.

Folder 20

"A Journey From North Carolina to Tokyo and Back Again: A gathering of World War II letters from Allen Campbell to his wife, Hazel," 2012 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 20

Virginia Campbell Wiggins, daughter of Allen and Hazel, prepared a book containing excerpts from and annotations of letters written by Allen to Hazel while he served in the United States Navy during World War II. The book also contains photographs, letters from relatives, and other contextualizing information.

Image Folder PF-5664/1

Photographs, 1940s #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" PF-5664/1

Wallet-size photographs of the Campbell children, Allen, Jr., and Virginia, that Allen carried with him during his deployment; the U.S.S. Oakland; and Allen Leroy Campbell aboard ship.

Folder 21

Related material, 1944-1945 and undated #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 21

Items include an official log of the U.S.S. Oakland, a note from the Carnation factory (Allen Leroy Campbell's employer) about his deployment, and Hazel Campbell's war ration book.

Folder 22

Research, 2001-2012 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 22

Material from research conducted by Virginia Campbell Wiggins on Allen Leroy Campbell's enlistment, as well as spreadsheets containing an inventory of all letters in the collection.

Folder 23

United States Armed Forces promotional material, 1944-1946 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" Folder 23

Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-5664/1

Photographs, 1944-1945 #05664, Series: "Allen Leroy Campbell Papers, 1944-2012 (bulk 1944-1946)" OP-PF-5664/1

Included are a signed photograph of Company 754 B-9 of Camp Peary, Virginia, July 1944; a photograph of the U.S.S. Oakland; and a photograph of Allen Leroy Campbell.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jodi Berkowitz, May 2016

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, May 2016

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