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Leary (Richard K.) Correspondence

(Mss. 4687)


Contents of Inventory
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Index Terms


Size. 1.3 linear ft.

Geographic locations. Laconia, New Hampshire; Camp Livingston, Louisiana.

Inclusive dates. 1942-1944.

Bulk dates.1943.


Summary. Mainly World War II correspondence between U.S. Army soldier Richard K. Leary and his wife, with some letters from friends and other relatives. The 420 letters include two photonegatives of Richard Leary and Camp Livingston, Louisiana, and five photographs of family members in New Hampshire.

Citation. Richard K. Leary Correspondence, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard K. Leary enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served during World War II as a guard in the 327th Military Police Escort Guard at Camp Livingston, a prisoner of war camp located in Louisiana. His new wife of only 3 months, "Bicky," remained with her family in Laconia, New Hampshire, for the duration of Leary's enlistment.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 420 letters, mainly between Leary and his wife. Leary's correspondence discusses his duties as a soldier; recreational activities; and the numbers and treatment of prisoners interned at Camp Livingston. Correspondence to Leary relates news from home and local events, and describes the impact of the war upon the town of Laconia.

Five photographs depict members of Leary's family. Two photonegatives show Richard Leary and Camp Livingston.

Index Terms

Camp Livingston (La.)
Military prisons -- Louisiana
United States -- Army -- Military life -- Louisiana
United States -- Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
United States -- Army -- 327th Military Police Escort Guard