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Marvin R. Halbert World War II correspondence and other materials

Collection ID

Acc. 2007.13

Related Subject(s)

Collecting Area(s)


Halbert, Marvin R.

Materials in English.

Biographical Note
During World War II, Marvin R. Halbert served in the United States Army Signal Corps as a fixed radio operator. After returning home, Halbert attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a BS in Economics and then a Juris Doctor. Halbert served for ten years as Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia, beginning with Mayor Richardson Dilworth.  He practiced law in Philadelphia for ten years as a senior partner before his appointment as judge to the Court of Common Pleas for twenty-seven years until his retirement in 2001.

Collection Overview
The Marvin R. Halbert World War II correspondence and other materials, 1943–1945, 1952, 1967, consists primarily of handwritten letters, postcards, V-mail, and telegrams sent by Halbert between 1943 and 1945 to his family living in Philadelphia. The correspondence dated 1943 is sent from the Army training facility in Crowder, Missouri, where Halbert was stationed for many months before being deployed to England in January 1944. In the communications sent to his family, Halbert relayed many details of his day to day life first regarding the specialized training he received as a fixed station radio operator in the Signal Corps and then as a young soldier stationed in Europe.  His letters provide insight into his beliefs and values as a young Jewish man, his opinions of the U.S. armed forces and World War II, observations regarding personal relationships with family and friends, and what life on the home front was like. The collection also includes miscellaneous correspondence addressed to Halbert’s mother, war ration books, and bumper stickers as well as newspaper clippings of articles about Marvin R. Halbert.

Organization and Arrangement
The correspondence is arranged in chronological order, with miscellaneous correspondence and newspaper clippings filed at the end.

Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information
Donated by Marvin R. Halbert in 2007.

Processing Information
Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in 2012 by Jessica M. Lydon, Project Archivist.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Marvin R. Halbert World War II correspondence and other materials, 1943–1945, 1952, 1967, Acc. 2007.13, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Access Points
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in the Temple University Libraries’ electronic catalog.

Corporate Name(s)
United States. Army. Signal Corps

Personal Name(s)
Halbert, Marvin R.

Geographic Place(s)
Camp Crowder (Mo.)
Wiesbaden (Germany)

Radio operators
World War II

Form/Genre Term(s)
Information artifacts (clippings)

Collection Inventory

Box  Folder  Description

1        1        Correspondence, 1943 February–March
1        2        Correspondence, 1943 April
1        3        Correspondence, 1943  May
1        4        Correspondence, 1943 June
1        5        Correspondence, 1943 July
1        6        Correspondence, 1943 August
1        7        Correspondence, 1943 September
1        8        Correspondence, 1943 October–November
1        9        Correspondence, 1943 December
1        10      Correspondence, 1944 January
1        11      Correspondence, 1944 February
1        12      Correspondence, 1944 March

2        1        Correspondence, 1944 April
2        2        Correspondence, 1944 May
2        3        Correspondence, 1944 June
2        4        Correspondence, 1944 July
2        5        Correspondence, 1944 August
2        6        Correspondence, 1944 September
2        7        Correspondence, 1944 October
2        8        Correspondence, 1944 November
2        9        Correspondence, 1944 December
2        10      Correspondence, 1945 January

3        1        Correspondence, 1945 February
3        2        Correspondence, 1945 March
3        3        Correspondence, 1945 April
3        4        Correspondence, 1945 May
3        5        Correspondence, 1945 June
3        6        Correspondence, 1945 July
3        7        Correspondence, 1945 August
3        8        Correspondence, 1945 September

4        1        Correspondence, 1945 October
4        2        Correspondence, 1945 November–December
4        3        Miscellaneous correspondence and ephemera, 1943, 1952, undated
4        4        Newspaper clippings, 1945, 1952, 1967, undated