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Elizabeth Jones Pierce papers

Elizabeth Jones Pierce papers, 1919-2001
Elizabeth Jones Pierce papers
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  • Papers, 1919-2001, of Elizabeth Jones Pierce (1923-2013) of Lynchburg, Virginia, including correspondence and subject files. The majority of the correspondence are post-World War II letters written to her by her husband James Avery Pierce (1926-2003) while he was serving in the Air Force and stationed in San Antonio, Texas, Okinawa, and Saudi Arabia. There are also letters written by her brother Benjamin Booker Jones (1922-2007) to their mother while he was serving in the Marine Corps during World War II. The collection also contains an autograph album, clippings, foreign currency, diary (1945), greeting cards, military records, photographs, postcards, programs, and scrapbooks
  • The letters written by her husband begin in June 1949 while he was a member of the 3701st Officer Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He writes about his routine and demerits, finances, mail deliveries, her relocating so they can be together, housing arrangements, weather, coursework and exams, inspections, and planning for her arrival in San Antonio. This group of letters ends in August 1949
  • The letters dated November 1952 to January 1953 cover the period when James A. Pierce was at Camp Stoneman, California preparing to depart for Okinawa, his two week voyage aboard the USS General George M. Randall, and his time stationed at Naha Air Base. Topics include mail deliveries, weather, social activities, plans for her to join him, housing, employment opportunities for her, unhappiness with his assignment and job duties, loneliness, inquiries about family and friends, and holiday celebrations
  • The correspondence written from February 1959 to March 1960 details his work in the Comptroller's Office at Dhahran Airfield in Saudi Arabia. Subjects include the poor administration, efficiency, morale, and conditions at the base, mail deliveries, social and athletic activities, his hopes for a shorter length of tour, religious and other customs in the country, foreign relations, the possibility of her joining him or meeting her on leave, finances and stock purchases, and his upcoming assignment at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C
  • There is a small group of letters written by Benjamin Booker Jones to his mother while he was serving in the Marine Corps, including his time in basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and his promotions and duties as a drill instructor there and at Duke University. He was also stationed at Quantico, Camp Lejeune, and Camp Pendleton, and then was shipped overseas to Guadacanal and Okinawa. Following the war, he was in Tsingtao, China. The correspondence ends in 1947 when he was living in Richmond, Virginia
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Biographical or historical data
Georgie Elizabeth Jones was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on 10 June 1923. She was the daughter of Thomas Edward Jones and Ethel May Smoot. She graduated from Madison Heights High School in Amherst County in 1941. On 10 June 1949, she married James Avery Pierce (1926-2003). They divorced in 1979. Elizabeth Jones Pierce died on 18 August 2013 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg.
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Elizabeth Jones Pierce papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Beasley, Nancy Wright
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I Correspondence. II. Subject Files.
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Type of unit
cu. ft. (7 boxes)

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