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Roy and Sara Swindell Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-2926

Scope and Contents

Letters from Roy Swindell to his wife Sara Swindell and their family, who lived in Chattanooga and later Nashville, Tennessee. He wrote as he was traveling for the armed services and work. He wrote of his struggles to find permanent local employment, missing his wife and children, and planning visits home.

One V-mail letter is from Sara to their son Jimmy while he was a second lieutenant stationed in New York during World War II. She sent him a list of Bible verses because "President Roosevelt has asked that everybody read their Bibles." There is also one letter from Sara to her mother and several empty envelopes.

Dates

  • 1918-1935

Conditions Governing Use

None

Biographical / Historical

Roy Gardner Swindell (1889-1939) served in France while in the U. S. Army. After his return he married Sara Martin Lauderdale and began work as a traveling salesman. They had three sons: James "Jimmy" W. (1923-1944), Roy Gardner, Jr. (1927-2008), and John L. (abt. 1929-). Jimmy Swindell was a second lieutenant in the armed services and was killed in action. The family lived in Tennessee.

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (45 letters)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Letters from Roy Swindell and Sara Swindell to their family, who lived in Chattanooga, and later Nashville, Tennessee. The letters discuss missing home, traveling for work, and Bible verses. One letter is from Sara to their son James, an officer in the armed services during World War II.

Provenance

Donated by Wade Hall, 2006

Processing Information

Processed by Christen Robichaud, 2010

Source

Title
Guide to the Roy and Sara Swindell Letters
Status
Completed
Author
Christen Robichaud
Date
August 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500