Monday, May 23, 2016

so we'll meet again

John Francis Shepert Hamer II (born 1909 or 1910) of Texas, was stationed at Camp Polk, La., from 1942 to 1945. Immediately prior to the war, he had lived in Fort Worth, Tex., with his aunt and uncle. He had a wide circle of friends, mostly stationed at other domestic Army bases. When on leave, they would visit New Orleans, Alexandria, La., or other American cities, to enjoy the company of others in the gay community. Within this collection, different letter authors addressed him in writing alternately as Jon, John, or Johnny.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 199 (Jon Hamer papers, 1876-1950) holds the personal, military, and family papers of Jon Hamer, primarily from the World War II era.   Hamer donated his papers to Tulane in 1969.  At that date, he lived in San Francisco.  Included in the collection are handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, greeting cards, numerous "v-mails", programs, a log book of letters received, tax and financial documents, legal papers, certificates, notes, night club ephemera, journal issues, newspaper clippings and sections, a book, and other printed items. Sgt. Hamer's most frequent correspondent was Sgt. J. H. Hildahl, called Harvey.

This archival collection will be of interest to researchers in World War II-era life in America, and to those doing historical studies of gays in the United States military.   On Memorial Day, we remember and commemorate the lives of those who gave military service to America.

Caption: post card received by Jon Hamer, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 199

Posted by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

J. Curtis Waldo, Publisher

According to his obituary, James Curtis Waldo (1835-1901) was a well-known American journalist, author, and publisher. Originally from Illinois, he lived in New Orleans beginning in 1848 and for the rest of his life.   He served in the Confederate Army for one year.   After the war, he was the New Orleans correspondent for numerous American and European newspapers. Sometimes he wrote and published using his own name, and other times he wrote under the pseudonym, Tim Linkinwater, especially for newspaper editorials and columns.  He and his wife, Margaret Mary Woods Waldo, had six children.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 260 (covering items created 1850-1932) is made up of Waldo's personal and professional papers, including handwritten correspondence, greeting cards, invitations and other items of social ephemera such as New Orleans Carnival ephemera, drawings, embroidery, financial documents, poems, handwritten and printed maps, newspaper clippings and other printed items. He also kept items relating to the 1884 exposition in New Orleans, and the 1881 fair in St. Louis.

J. C. Waldo was a man of his times.   His interests are revealed, both in this archival collection, and in the LaRC's book collection.   An author search in the library catalog (Waldo, J. Curtis (James Curtis), 1835-1901) retrieves five books in addition to the archival collection, ranging from Carnival, to Southern agricultural pests, to state fairs, to the politics of Reconstruction.

Posted by Susanna Powers