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Conrad Wilson collection

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-1328

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily correspondence to and from Conrad Wilson during his time as a conscientious objector during World War II.

Dates

  • 1943-1998

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use (if there are restrictions indicated it here)

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Conrad Wilson (1921-2005) was raised a Quaker in Pennsylvania. He was enrolled in Middlebury College and then the University of Pennsylvania. He left the latter due to World War II. He applied for conscientious objector status and was granted alternate service through the Civilian Public Service, first as part of a camp draining old-growth cypress swamps in Maryland, and then as at a mental hospital in Middletown, Connecticut.

He was released from the Civilian Public Service to volunteer for the American Field Service, an ambulance corps started during World War I. He served as a driver in both Italy and Germany.

He returned and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1947, and married Barbara Copp in 1951. They had two sons, William and Alexander. They later moved to Vermont, where Wilson was a member of Putney Friends Meeting.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection is primarily correspondence to and from Conrad Wilson during his time as a conscientious objector during World War II. His mom encouraged him to save his letters from her, and she saved all the letters he sent. Included in the letters from his mother are photostat letters from Conrad.

Arrangement

This collection has three series, which maintains the arrangement of the gift. These series are: Letters from Conrad Wilson, Letters to Conrad Wilson, and Record of Work.

Acquisition

Gift of Alex Wilson, July 2021

Related Materials

- Samuel Cooper papers (HC.MC-975-11-008) - William Huntington papers (HC.MC-1181)

Processing Information

Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff, completed May 2022

Title
Conrad Wilson collection
Author
Mary A. Crauderueff
Date
May, 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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