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William Connor King papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 12.0027

Content Description

This collection relates to William Connor King, a Radio Operator in the Merchant Marines during World War II from 1945 through early 1948. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence from King's friends and family detailing news from the home front. Often included in these correspondences are newspaper cutouts and clippings from various newspapers in and around Granville, OH. Also included in the collection are assorted military and religious documents owned by King.


  • 1945-1948
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2019-09-24
  • Other: Date acquired: 2012-06-04


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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 / Historical

William Connor King served as a U.S. Navy Seaman and later Merchant Mariner from Granville, OH who served during World War II. King was born on March 10, 1927 and passed away on December 17, 2005. Active from mid-1945 after completing preparatory school to early-1948, King served on the SS Wolf Mountain and the SS Medina Victory. Upon completion of service, King returned to Granville, attending Denison University for his Bachelors Degree before moving on to Duke University where he earned his PhD after which he married Virginia D Wetmore and had daughter Mary Evelyn Arnold. King is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Granville, OH.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 full box, 1 half box)

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ms. Mary Evelyn Arnold (William Connor King's daugter, June 4, 2012.

William Connor King papers
Drew Elliot Bennett
September, 24, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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