William Powell and Marjorie Williams Collection

Accession Number: SC 18:36
Location: RB-M 
Dates: 1934-1996
Size: 3 record cartons, 1 shoebox; 3.25 cubic feet
Creator/Collector: William Powell and Marjorie Williams
Acquisition info: Donated to SLPL by daughters Susan W. Pile, Sallie W. Neubauer, and Marjorie W. Taylor
Accruals: No accruals expected 
Custodial history: Williams family before being donated to SLPL
Language: English and German
Processed by: Melissa Miller, July 2018
Conservation notes: Items placed in acid free folders and envelopes; staples removed
Scope and Content: The collection contains mainly letters written by William and Marjorie Williams during Mr. Williams’ military career in WWII. Other items in the collection include newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, and a wide variety of Army uniform pins and ribbons. After the death of Mr. Williams, Marjorie remarried to Ernest Eddy, whose dog tags and other small Army items are contained in the collection.
Arrangement: Alphabetical and chronological
Restrictions: No restrictions   
Remarks: SLPL does not have the equipment to play phonographic records or film reels 

William Powell and Marjorie Williams Collection
1934-1996
3 record cartons, 1 shoebox; 3.25 cubic feet

Box/Folder Description
 1/1  Finding aid
1/2 Army, Correspondence; 1942-1954 (42)
1/3

Army, Misc.

     -Address change notification; 1944

     -Allottment Discontinuance form; 1946

     -Allotter slip; 1944

     -The Army and Navy of the United States booklet; 1940

     -Army appointment certificate; 1942

     -Army Hit Kit publication; January 1944

     -Army, Navy, Marine Corps Insignia booklet; 1943

     -Army Services form; 1946

     -Camp McCain Exchange coupon book; 1944                      

     -Committee “Operation Good Will” program; 1946

     -Family Allowance applications; 1943-1944 (2)

     -Firearm identification certificate; 1945

     -Harry S. Truman letter

     -Honorable Discharge certificates; 1942-1954 (4)

     -Identification card; 1945

     -Insignia of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps pamphlet

     -Longevity Pay Certificate of Service; 1942 (3)

     -Military Record and Report of Separation; 1946 (2)                       

     -Officers’ Pay, Allowance, and Mileage Voucher; 1945

     -One year of service certificate; 1943

     -Order to Report for Induction; 1942

     -Personal History Statement; 1949

     -Pilot Log Book; 1938-1941 

     -Poems

     -Processed foods point values table; 1943

     -Reserve Military Force certificate; 1942

     -Reserve Officers application blank forms (3)

     -Reserve Officers Qualification and Availability Questionnaire; 1951

     -Reserve Officers Statement of Preferences; 1949

     -Retirement Points statement; 1950-1952 (2)

     -Selective service cards; 1942 (2)

     -Separation Qualification Record; 1946 

     -Table of Family Allowance Payments; 1943

     -Training Authorization form; 1946

     -TS Slip

     -War Department circular; 1945

1/4 Financial Information
     -Bank books; 1944-1945 (2)
     -Receipts; 1942-1946 (23)
1/5 Greeting Cards, Birthday and Valentines; 1943-1945 (11)
1/6 Greeting Cards, Christmas; 1942-1946 (13)
1/7 Greeting Cards, Misc.
     -Birth; 1944 (5)
     -Easter; 1944 (3)
     -Enclosure cards (9)
     -Father’s Day; 1945 (2)
     -General; 1942-1944 (4)
     -Mother’s Day
1/8 Greeting Cards, Weddings and Sympathy; 1943-1961 (11)
1/9 Letters, 1941-May 1942 (17)
1/10 Letters, June 1942 (11)
1/11 Letters, July 1942 (18)
1/12 Letters, August-November 1942 (18)
1/13 Letters, December 1942 (40)
1/14 Letters, January 1943 (31)
1/15 Letters, February 1943 (18)
1/16 Letters, May-August 1943 (14)
1/17 Letters, September 1943 (38)
1/18 Letters, October-November 1943 (28)
1/19 Letters, December 1943 (16)
1/20 Letters, January 1944 (21)
1/21 Letters, February 1944 (28)
1/22 Letters, March 1944 (35)
1/23 Letters, April 1944 (39)
2/1 Letters, May 1944 (11)
2/2 Letters, June 1944 (14)
2/3 Letters, July 1944 (35)
2/4 Letters, August 1944 (40)
2/5 Letters, September 1944 (30)
2/6 Letters, October 1944 (36)
2/7 Letters, November 1944 (30)
2/8 Letters, December 1944 (29)
2/9 Letters, January 1945 (32)
2/10 Letters, February 1945 (31)
2/11 Letters, April-May 1945 (7)
2/12 Letters, June 1945 (44)
2/13 Letters, July 1945 (60)
2/14 Letters, August 1945 (63)
2/15 Letters, September 1945 (45)
2/16 Letters, October-December 1945 (52)
2/17 Letters, January-February 1946 (22)
2/18 Letters, March-April 1946 (23)
3/1 Letters, May-June 1946 (20)
3/2 Letters, August-December 1946 (7)
3/3 Letters, 1947 (37)
3/4 Letters, 1948 (10)
3/5 Letters, 1949 (20)
3/6 Letters, 1950-1996 (25)
3/7 Letters, Dates Unknown (108)
3/8 Letters, Envelopes; 1941-1946 (86)
3/9 Letters, Overseas, Boat Trip from America/England/Trip and Arrival in France; August-September 1944 (33)
3/10 Letters, Overseas, From Arrival in France (Living in Field) to Chateaubriant; September-November 1944 (44)
3/11 Letters, Overseas, Chateaubriant Interlude, November 1944January1945 (46)
3/12 Letters, Overseas, Thionville and Ezlange; January-March 1945 (69)
3/13 Letters, Overseas, Konz-Karthaus, Baumholder, through Belgium, Ardenne Forest, Aachen, Krefeld, and Dusseldorf; March-April 1945 (42)
3/14 Letters, Overseas, Dusseldorf; April-June 1945 (66)
3/15

Misc. Items        

     -100 korun Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia banknote; 1940

     -1943 pocket calendar

     -1944 pocket calendar

     -1945 pocket calendar

     -AAA life insurance application; 1946

     -Address book, small

     -Amherst donation envelope; 1945

     -Birth certificate copy; 1938

     -Camp Reddington News hand-drawn newsletter; July 1944

     -Christmas song lyrics pamphlet 

     -Dartmouth vs. Harvard ticket; 1941

     -Delta Tau Delta bar privileges ticket
     -Diamond ring insurance information; 1942
     -Financial document; 1944; in German
     -Franklin Simon advertisements (3)
     -Friendly Finance Service card; 1946

     -General MacArthur portrait; 1942

     -Hand-drawn ship picture

     -Handwritten notes (33)

     -Homemade protractor 

     -John C. Wight life insurance advertisement; 1943

     -Lackawanna pass; 1942

     -Life insurance change of beneficiary form; 1943

     -Meridian Club roster; 1947

     -Mississippi Valley Trust money envelope

     -Off-Line Code List

     -Olympia Tea Room business card

     -Pan American Airways names list

     -Porcupine quills

     -Princeton Club of New York card application

     -The Rights of Infants pamphlet

     -Ronald Reagan D-Day commemoration flier; 1984

     -Room diagram

     -St. Louis Public Library card; 1944

     -School of Nursing Class of 1945 program

     -Social security card informational brochure; 1944

     -Southwestern Bell pamphlet

     -Stock information; June 1945

     -Transcontinental & Western Air expense reports; 1946

     -Travel tickets; 1944 (8)

     -Tri-Pak rifle rod .22 caliber slotted tip

     -Union League Club of Chicago directory

     -Union League Club of Chicago membership card; 1944

     -War rations book; 1944

     -War savings bond application

3/16

Narratives

     -The Ack Ack Men Come down to Earth; 1944
     -The Battle at the Gas Dump (3)
     -The Battle for the Gas Dump (3)
     -D-Day Recollections; 1994 (2)
     -Excerpt from The Devil’s Adjunct by Michael Reynolds
     -Excerpt from History of Battery C
     -Excerpts from Statement of Brig. Gen. CM Thiele
     -“It seems that in a certain town the Jews…”
     -“killed we fired on more shot…”
     -Meditation for Annie Maude Eddy; 1983 (3)
     -Mrs. Annie Maude Eddy (3)
     -Notes on GI European Tour of 1945

3/17 Newspaper Clippings; 1943-1959 (61)
3/18 Photographs; 1941-1944 (34)
3/19 Postcards; 1943-1951 (43)
3/20 Record, Letter to Bill with Love; 1944
3/21 Record, “Mother the Queen of My Heart” and “She Was Happy till She Met You”
3/22 Record, “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” and “Calm as the Night”
3/23 Record, “Song of the Island” and “The Strawberry Room
3/24 Telegrams; 1942-1946 (28)
3/- D-Day film reel
3/- Heavenly Treasures booklet
3/- Muster-Betriebe Deutscher Wirtschaft; 1934; in German
3/- A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors; 1941
3/- The Protecting Presence booklet; 1941
3/- The St. Louis Cardinals by Frederick G. Lieb; 1944
3/- St. Louis Coventry Day School Class of 1938 in WWII
3/- The US Army: A Guide Book; 1952
4/1 Army Infantry Pins (8)
4/2 Buttons (27)
4/3 Captain Bars (5)
4/- Collar tab holder
4/4 Cufflinks, Gold (12)
4/5 Cufflinks, Silver (6)
4/6 Currency
     -Japanese yen; 1976 (2)
     -United States; 1906-1914 (2)
4/7 Dog Tags
     -Ernest A. Eddy (4)
     -William P. Williams
4/8 Field and Coastal Artillery Pins (7)
4/9 Lapel Pins, Small
     -‘42
     -Army Good Conduct rosette
     -Family Services
     -Honorable discharge “Ruptured Duck”
     -IKE
     -Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers
     -Missouri Botanical Garden     

     -Past President for the Association of the United States Army

     -Past President for the Reserve Officers Association

     -Reserve Officers Association rosette

     -St. Lawrence Seaway opening commemoration; 1959 -TWA 5-year service

4/10 Lapel Pins, Unidentified (2)
4/11 Lieutenant Bars (17)
4/12 Major Leaves (9)
4/13 Marksman Medal
4/14 Marksman Medal, Expert (3)
4/15 Marksman Medal, Sharpshooter (3)
4/16

Misc. Items

     -Belt buckle

     -Bullets (2)

     -Chained cufflinks (5)

     -Eddy nametag

     -Keys (2)

     -Pocket knife, Ernest Eddy engraved

     -Religious medal

     -Tie chain

     -Tie clip

4/17 Officer Insignias (13)
4/18

Patches

      -Enlisted Overseas Bars

      -Honorable discharge “Ruptured Duck” (3)

      -Nazi SS diamond patch

4/- Pocket Knives (2)
4/- Ribbons, Large (7)
4/19

Ribbons, Small

     -Armed Forces Reserve 

     -Army Commendation (4)

     -Army Service 

     -European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign (2)

     -National Defense Service

4/-

Ribbons and Medals

     -American Campaign

     -Armed Forces Reserve

     -European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign

     -Good Conduct

     -Society of Colonial Wars

     -World War II

4/20 Sweetheart Pins (2)
4/21 Technical Training Command Pins (3)
4/- Whistle
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