Fonds - J.E. Gilpatrick fonds

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J.E. Gilpatrick fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • Variations in title: NHS title: J.E. Gilpatrick Argentia Scrapbooks
  • Source of title proper: The title is based on the contents

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  • 1941-1942 (Creation)
    Creator
    Gilpatrick, J.E.

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Physical description

14 cm of textual records
12 photographs

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of a collection of letters, postcards, photographs, newspaper clippings, minutes of barracks committee meetings, official memos, U.S. Base publications, theatre programs and schedules, poems, miscellaneous receipts, stamped envelopes, a map and beer mat, which were pasted into two scrapbooks. The items were arranged chronologically as they were received by Mrs. Elsie P. Gilpatrick from her husband, Jerome E. Gilpatrick, while he was serving in Argentia, Newfoundland, from March 1941 to August 1942.

The most significant part of the collection is the correspondence, detailing the daily life, concerns and complaints of the men during the construction of the U.S. Naval Base, and the personal concerns of Mr. Gilpatrick and his family. To round out his description, Mr. Gilpatrick also sent ephemera such as the theatre programs, the base newsletter, photographs and official memos, resulting in an interesting portrait of this little American colony in Newfoundland in the early years of World War Two. There is some incidental commentary on the wider arena of the war and of Newfoundland.

The scrapbooks were carefully dismembered after taking sample photographs of their condition and compiling a page by page index of their contents. The material has been arranged in series according to form and function, and in the chronological order of their creation, as far as possible. Series are as follows: Series 1.00, Correspondence; Series 2.00, Photographs; Series 3.00, Newspaper clippings; Series 4.00, Memos; Series 5.00, Minutes; Series 6.00, Publications; Series 7.00, Theatre schedules; Series 8.00, Poems; Series 9.00, Miscellanea.

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Physical condition

Leaves in both scrapbooks were very brown and brittle, and many items were discoloured from contact with them. Items were pasted in with brown gum, often on top of each other, and some minor damage has resulted from the dismemberment process.

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Arrangement

The original order can be reconstructed from the index compiled during dismemberment, and from photographs taken of selected pages.

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  • English

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No restrictions

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Copyright is held by the creator is his/her heirs. Researchers are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance.

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Accompanying material

Correspondence from the donor, notes and an original index, listed as appendices to the collection.

Physical description

Scrapbook I measured 28x32x3 cm, with green covers and 46 leaves. Scrapbook II measured 28x37x3 cm, with black covers and 16 leaves.

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Status

Draft

Level of detail

Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created - May 13, 2013

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  • English

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