Guide to the Foss Family Papers 1941-1949
Cage 819

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Foss Family Papers
ID
Cage 819
Date [inclusive]
1941-1949
Extent
2.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
.75 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of correspondence of the Foss family of Cumberland Mills, ME. Brothers Richard Foss and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Jr. (1918-2002) served together in the Army during World War II, and the bulk of the collection is their wartime letters to their parents, Adelbert Foss, Sr. and Carrie Foss.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Foss Family Papers, 1941-1949

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Brothers Adelbert "Del" Foss (1918-2002) and Richard Foss (born circa 1921) were both musicians, and served together in the U.S. Army during World War II as members of the 4th Armored Division Band. Del played the saxophone, clarinet, and piano; Richard played the baritone horn and trombone. Prior to and following his military service, Del was a teacher in Maine and Connecticut, eventually becoming a school principal.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of correspondence of the Foss family of Cumberland Mills, ME. Brothers Richard Foss and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Jr. (1918-2002) served together in the Army during World War II, and the bulk of the collection is their wartime letters to their parents, Adelbert Foss, Sr. and Carrie Foss.

The brothers wrote from a variety of locations where they were stationed with the 4th Armored Division, including Pine Camp (NY), Fort Niagara (NY), Nashville (TN), on desert maneuvers near Indio (CA), Camp Bowie (TX), and overseas (Europe). Their letters describe their experiences of Army life, including housing conditions, food, the communities surrounding the bases, films and live performances, and other entertainment, including a visit to the Hollywood Canteen. They frequently give detailed accounts of the band's performances.

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Arrangement note

The collection is divided into three series:

Series 1. Adelbert "Del" Foss, Jr. correspondence, 1942-1945. This series is arranged first by correspondent (letters to his parents, and letters to his brother, Richard), and then chronologically.

Series 2. Richard Foss letters to his parents, 1942-1945. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 3. Other Foss family correspondence, 1941-1949. This series is arranged chronologically. Correspondents include: William Bailey (Superintendent of Public Schools, Baldwin, ME), William Andrews, Carrie Foss, Del Foss, Sr., Lloyd D. Benoit, Tom Russell, Ruth and Raymond, George E. Rogers, and Aunt Annie.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Charles Gardner Shaw donated this collection, along with other materials, to the Washington State University Libraries in 1992 (MS.1992.09, MS.1991.13).

Processing Information note

Cheryl Gunselman processed this collection in 2015.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

This collection is part of a large group of materials received together. The remaining materials were processed separately:

Charles Gardner Shaw Correspondence Collection (Cage 817) Clara L. Hartung Papers (Cage 818)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 20th century
  • United States. Army. Armored Division, 4th -- Bands -- History -- Sources

Family Name(s)

  • Foss family -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Military.
  • Musicians -- Correspondence
  • Soldiers -- Correspondence
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- History -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Adelbert "Del" Foss, Jr. correspondence 1942-1945 

Box Folder

Letters to his parents, Carrie and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Sr. 1942 

1 1-2

Letters to his parents, Carrie and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Sr. (includes V-mail from Europe) 1943-1945 

1 3-4

Letters to Richard Foss 1942 

1 5

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Series 2. Richard Foss letters to his parents 1942-1945 

Box Folder

Letters to his parents, Carrie and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Sr. 1942 

1 6-9

Letters to his parents, Carrie and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Sr. 1943 

1-2 10-12

Letters to his parents, Carrie and Adelbert "Del" Foss, Sr. (includes V-mail from Europe) 1944-1945 

2 13-14

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Series 3. Other Foss family correspondence 1941-1949 

Box Folder

Letters to members of the Foss family. Correspondents: William Bailey (Superintendent of Public Schools, Baldwin, ME), William Andrews, Carrie Foss, Del Foss, Sr., Lloyd D. Benoit, Tom Russell, Ruth and Raymond, George E. Rogers, and Aunt Annie. 1941-1949 

2 15

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