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Ethel Gardiner Wiggins V-mail and Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4123

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the almost daily letters and V-mail from Ethel Gardiner Wiggins in Florence, Alabama, to her husband Herbert (Buddy) while he was stationed in Europe serving as a lieutenant in the First Signal Corps during World War II. The bulk of the V-mail is from early April 1943 to mid-March 1944, while most of the letters were written during February and March 1944.

Dates

  • 1941-1944

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Ethel Gardiner Wiggins, daughter of David B. and Gertrude Gardiner, was born on March 4, 1921, in Alabama. She attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later Auburn University). She married Herbert H. Wiggins in the early 1940s (probably 1940 as the first letter in the collection mentions their son Herbert Jr. and the name on the return address is Mrs. Herbert H. Wiggins); the couple had three sons, Herbert H. Jr., David, and Richard. She died on October 27, 1987 at the age of 66.

Extent

0.15 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

V-mail and letters to a World War II soldier from his wife back home in Florence, Alabama.

Provenance

purchased from Ben Katz, 2015

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2015

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Ethel Gardiner Wiggins V-mail and Letters
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
July 2015
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