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John B. Savard papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 98.0015

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of the letters of John B. Savard, an American soldier who fought in World War II and saw action at the Normandy landings, the Battle for Brest, and the D-Day Landings. Most of the material consists of letters to and from his parents, though letters from other soldiers are included. In addition to letters, this collection contains Savard's sketches, a poem he wrote detailing his reaction to the Battle of the Bulge, a manuscript of his autobiography detailing his life from birth to his time as a US Postal Worker and several photographs taken during the Second World War.


  • Created: 1919-1985
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/07/1998
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2017-06-21


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in Minnesota, John B. Savard entered the U.S. Army in 1943 where he trained at Camp Wolters. His first military campaign was the D-Day landings, where he was injured. After convalescing, Savard rejoined his unit where he participated in the Battle for Brest and then at the Battle of the Bulge. Savard suffered frostbite during the Battle of the Bulge and spent the remainder of the war recovering. After returning to the United States he worked for the US Postal Service in St. Paul, Minnesota, and produced a number of short written works about his time in the army including poetry and autobiographical material. Savard passed away in 1999.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 half box, 1 flat box (12"x18"))

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Custodial History

Creator gave directly to the Institute for World War II and Society.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

John B. Savard

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Revised 6/24/2017 Entered 6/22/2017

John B. Savard papers
J. Edgar Shockley
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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