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Thomas Burns Letters

Identifier: MSS 1998-002

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of personal letters written by Thomas Burns (76th Air Base Squadron) during World War II. Burns wrote from Hendricks Field, Sebring, Florida to Mary Donnelly in Massachusetts. He mostly wrote of his experiences and activities on the base. While the letters do not deal with Florida or World War II, they do offer a glimpse into courtship during that era and life on an air base.


  • created: 1941-1985
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941-1943

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to the Florida State University Libraries.

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

Thomas Burns (76th Air Base Squadron) was stationed at Hendricks Field, Sebring, Florida during World War II. He wrote to Mary Donnelly in Massachusetts, whom he eventually married.


4.00 boxes (4 boxes)

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Source of Acquisition

Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Manuscripts and Archives Watchung, NJ

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed October, 1998.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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