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John and Margaret Leboucher papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 00.0242

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three letters: two letters addressed to Mrs. John (Margaret) Leboucher, one written 28 July 1940 from Jim O'Reilly, a seaman in Hawaii serving on the USS Blue and brother to Margaret. A second letter dated 7 August 1945 from Jim tells that he is on Peleliu. Attached is a two-sided sheet of propaganda that was dropped on the Japanese.Also, one letter (copy) dated 2 December 1945, addressed to John Leboucher (aka "Frenchie") from Jack Burgess, on Air Force stationary, along with a scanned copy of the envelope art. The collection also contains two pamphlets: "House of Ideas" (1942) on repaired and remodeled houses done by the US Gypsum Company and "Reynolds Lifetime Aluminum Shingles" from the Reynolds Metals Company, 1946.There is one "letter" from the donor, Jean Leboucher, born in 1937, detailing her memories of childhood in MA. The photo scrapbook, from the First World War, is from the donor's uncle, James


  • Created: 1922-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/01/2000


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

John L. Leboucher worked with John Burgess at a racing car shop in Allston, Massachusetts, in the 1930s. In 1940, Leboucher was an employee of General Electric at the Riner Works in Lynn, MA. James J. O'Reilly, Margaret Leboucher's brother, joined the U.S. Navy around 1922 and was sent to the Pharmacist's Mate school in Portsmouth, Virginia. Before he retired in 1946, O'Reilly served in the South Pacific during World War II.


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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

Jean Leboucher

Method of Acquisition

Given as a gift by Jean Leboucher, the daughter of John and Margaret Leboucher.

John and Margaret Leboucher papers
Takahito Moriyama
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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