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"I continued to write to friends and relatives because a) I loved to get mail and b) I was trained to write." (Memoir, page 3)

   Raymond Leon Lippman
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Portrait of Raymond Lippman [n.d.]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Service Location: Camp Upton and Green Haven Military Disciplinary Barracks, Stormville, New York; Camp Lee, Virginia; Aleutian Islands (Alaska); Fort Richardson, Alaska
Rank: Technical Sergeant
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During the four years that he spent in the Army, Technical Sergeant Raymond Lippman was a prolific correspondent: he wrote an estimated 2,500 letters to his family, high school friends, and comrades he met during training at Camp Lee, Virginia, and Camp Upton, New York. Many of the letters that he received in return are part of his VHP collection. Along with his descriptive introductions, these letters stand as a treasure trove of information about Army culture and the World War II era in general. In addition, his letters to his mother and his diary provide a glimpse into his time on the "craggy, volcanic-rock isles," as he described the Aleutians.

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Introduction to "Letters from World War II Collected by Ray Lippman" Introduction to letters from Leonard Sitomer Introduction to letters from Edward F. Rines
Introduction to the letters of Achille Riello Introduction to the letters of Abe "Corny" Corman Introduction to the letters of Walter Gilbert Leight
Introduction to the letters of William R. Begg Introduction to the letters of Samuel Kermit Edwards III Introduction to fragmentary letters from various correspondents
Introduction to the letters of Harry I. Bows and Irwin Theodore Cohen Introduction to letters from Emanuel K. Frucht, Frederick R. Homburger, and Lawrence Katz Introduction to the letters of William Klinkenstein, Edward Mooney, and Joseph O'Brien
Introduction to the letters of Obert "Tommy" Thompson  
  
 Official Documents (3 items)
Travel orders [10/20/1945] Military newsletter, "The Last Outpost", "The Oldest Newspaper in the Aleutians" [12/3/1944] Military orders [11/15/1945]
  
 Personal Correspondence (260 items)
Letter to Mother, including program of Christmas services [December 26, 1943] Letter to unidentified recipient [3/13/1944] Letter to unidentified recipient [11/23/1944]
Letter to mother [6/17/1945] Letter to mother [7/5/1945] Letter to mother [7/10/1945]
Letter to mother [7/12/1945] Letter to mother [7/15/1945] Letter to Aunt Miriam [10/17/1945]
Letter to mother written on a Thanksgiving menu [11/26/1942] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [11/10/1942] Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [12/6/1942]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [11/30/1942] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [12/1/1942] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [12/9/1942]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [12/12/1942] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [12/16/1942] Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [12/28/1942]
Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [1/5/1943] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [1/6/1943] Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [1/19/1943]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [1/20/1943] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [2/8/1943] Page from a missing letter from Leonard Sitomer [n.d.]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [4/29/1943] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [6/12/1943] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [7/1/1943]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [11/9/1943] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [11/22/1943] Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [12/3/1943]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [12/12/1943] Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [2/9/1944] Letter from Connie [Constance Sitomer] [2/26/1944]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [3/27/1944] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [4/17/1944] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [5/28/1944]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [7/13/1944] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [11/17/1944] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [2/23/1945]
Letter from Leonard Sitomer [4/25/1945] Letter from Leonard Sitomer [9/12/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [7/30/1944]
Letter from Edward Rines with attached note from Raymond Lippman [7/28/1944] Letter from Edward Rines [n.d.]. Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [10/15/1944]
Letter from Edward Rines [n.d.] Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [10/22/1944] Letter from Edward Rines to Raymond Lippman [10/22/1944]
Letter from Edward Rines [10/31/1944] Letter from Edward Rines [11/6/1944] Letter from Edward Rines [11/10/1944]
Letter from Edward Rines [11/12/1944] Letter from Edward Rines [11/13/1944] Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [11/21/1944]
Letter from Edward Rines [12/3/1944] Letter from Edward Rines [12/1/1944]. Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [12/7/1944]
Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [12/17/1944] Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [12/22/1944] Postcard from Edward Rines [12/24/1944]. Front of postcard depicts a street scene in Ottawa, Illinois
Letter from Edward Rines [1/16/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [1/15/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [1/9/1945]
Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [1/25/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [2/3/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [3/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers.
Letter from Edward Rines [3/3/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [3/7/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [4/2/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers.
Letter from Edward Rines [4/20/1945] Includes the author's thoughts on the death of Franklin Roosevelt Letter from Edward Rines [5/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [6/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers.
Letter from Edward Rines to "Sid" [Sid L. Cohen] [6/1/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [7/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [6/6/1945]
Letter from Edward Rines [8/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [8/15/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Postcard from Edward Rines [9/6/1945]
Letter from Edward Rines [9/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers. Letter from Edward Rines [9/28/1945] Letter from Edward Rines [10/1/1945] Includes extracts of letters from other soldiers.
Letter from Edward Rines [12/1969] Letter from Edward Rines [1/15/1973] Includes Christmas card. Letter from Catherine Rines upon the death of her husband, Edward [2/20/1973]
Introduction to the letters of Walter A. Netsch, Jr. Letter from Walter Netsch [11/7/1944] Letter from Walter Netsch [11/30/1944]
Letter from Walter Netsch [12/8/1944] Letter from Walter Netsch [12/15/1944] Letter from Walter Netsch [1/11/1944]
Letter from Walter Netsch [12/29/1944] Letter from Walter Netsch [1/28/1945]; includes some sketches and rough floor plans for structures. Letter from Walter Netsch [2/8/1945]
Letter from Walter Netsch [3/4/1945] Letter from Walter Netsch [3/18/1945] Letter from Walter Netsch [3/28/1945]
Letter from Walter Netsch [4/15/1945] Letter from Walter Netsch [5/27/1945] Letter from Walter Netsch [6/11/1945]
Letter from Walter Netsch [10/1/1945] Postcard from Achille Riello [n.d.] Front of postcard depicts the Minneapolis Athletic Club dining room Letter from Achille Riello [1/14/1943]
Letter from Achille Riello [1/28/1943] Letter from Achille Riello [2/3/1943] Letter from Achille Riello [4/16/1943]
USO postcard from Achille Riello [5/1/1943] Letter from Achille Riello [5/31/1943] Letter from Achille Riello [7/2/1943]
Letter from Achille Riello [11/23/1943] Letter from Achille Riello [7/3/1943] Letter from Achille Riello [5/8/1944]
Letter from Achille Riello [5/28/1945] Letter from Achille Riello [6/25/1945] Postcard from Abe Corman [2/16/19??]
Letter from Abe Corman [10/29/1942] Letter from Abe Corman [1/4/1943] Letter from Abe Corman [2/17/1945]
Letter from Abe Corman [3/4/1945]; includes anonymous poem "Ode to Those Four Letter Words" Letter from Abe Corman [4/5/1945]; includes copy of poem by Smith Dawless, "Conversation Piece" Letter from Abe Corman [4/24/1945]
Letter from Abe Corman [5/16/1945] Letter from Abe Corman [6/17/1945] Letter from Abe Corman [7/23/1945]; includes on separate paper an off-color joke about a "colored" woman applying for work as a housekeeper
Letter from Abe Corman [8/8/1945] Letter from Abe Corman [9/9/1945] Introduction to letters of Sidney L. Cohen
Postcard from Sidney L. Cohen [2/2/1944]; front depicts "Looking towards Times Square Service Men's Center" Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [1/9/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [2/13/1945]
Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [2/15/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [3/6/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [3/6/1945]
Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [3/28/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [4/20/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [4/30/1945]
Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [5/4/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [5/3/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [5/6/1945]
Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [6/18/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [6/3/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [7/4/1945]
Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [7/19/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [8/2/1945] Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [8/29/1945]
Letter from Sidney L. Cohen [10/10/1945] Letter from Abe Corman on 8"x13" paper [6/29/1945] Letter from unknown correspondent in Northern Ireland [2/26/1944]
Military transfer order [4/2/1944] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [10/26/1942] Partial letter [pages 2-6] from Walter Gilbert Leight [12/11/1942]
Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [1/4/1943] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [5/1/1943] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [12/12/1943]
Postcard from Walter Gilbert Leight [1/28/1944]; front depicts the library of Columbia University Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [1/3/1944] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [3/17/1944]
Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [3/11/1945] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [5/6/1945] Letter notes reaction to FDR's death Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [5/22/1945] Letter notes continued reaction to FDR's death
Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [6/8/1945] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [8/16/1945] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [8/17/1945]
Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [9/10/1945] Letter from Walter Gilbert Leight [9/13/1945] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [2/13/1938]
Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [1/21/1940] Letter from Raymond Lippman to Townsend Harris High School Class of 1938 [3/9/1940] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [5/1/1940]
Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [9/9/1942] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [11/3/1942] Letter from William R. Begg to a group of recipients [11/3/1942]
Postcard from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [11/15/1942 Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [11/30/1942] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [12/1/1942]
Letter of recommendation from William R. Begg for Raymond Lippman [12/1/1942] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [12/7/1942] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [12/31/1942]
Postcard from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [1/15/1943] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [2/21/1943] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [4/25/1943]
Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [5/5/1943] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [6/4/1943] Letter from William R. Begg to group of recipients [11/2/1943]
Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [10/12/1944] Letter from William R. Begg to group of recipients [9/20/1944] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [1/8/1945]
Letter from William R. Begg to group of recipients [1/8/1945] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [8/24/1945] Postcard from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [7/31/1940]; front depicts "the flower fields of Rainier National Park, Washington".
B/w postcard from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [8/10/1940]; "Crevasse on Cavell Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta [Canada] B/w postcard depicting a view of Yellowstone Lake, from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [7/9/1938] B/w postcard, "Forth Bridge" over the Firth of Forth, Scotland; from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [7/28/1939]
B/w postcard, "Trinity College Gateway, Cambridge"; from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [8/9/1939] B/w postcard, "Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco"; from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [7/24/1940] B/w postcard from Roman ruins of Leptis Magna near Tripoli, Libya ["Tripolitania"]; from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [n.d.]
B/w postcard, "Memphis--The Colossal Statue of Ramses II (detail)"; from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [n.d.] Color greeting card depicting a street scene and the towers of York Minster, York, England; from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [n.d.] Color Christmas card from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [n.d.]
Color Christmas card from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [n.d.] Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [11/16/1943] Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [5/12/1943]
Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [11/26/1943] Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [12/19/1943] Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [2/29/1944]
Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [10/29/1944] Letter from Harry A. Bacas to Raymond Lippman [5/2/1943] Letter from Seymour Berman to Raymond Lippman [5/3/1943]
Letter from Seymour Berman to Raymond Lippman [5/3/1943] Postcard from Stanley Bernstein to Raymond Lippman [11/29/1942] Postcard from Stanley Bernstein to Raymond Lippman [12/12/1942]
Letter from Stanley Bernstein to Raymond Lippman [n.d.] Letter from Stanley Bernstein to Raymond Lippman [6/24/1943] Letter from Harry I. Bows to Raymond Lippman [10/14/1945]
Letter from Irwin T. Cohen to Raymond Lippman [4/17/1943] Color postcard from Irwin T. Cohen to Raymond Lippman [2/28/1944] Letter from Irwin T. Cohen to Raymond Lippman [3/26/1944]
Postcard from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [11/7/1942] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [11/10/1942] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [12/5/1942]
Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [1/1/1943] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [1/16/1943] Postcard from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [12/14/1942]; depicts the Poudre CaƱon river and highway, Colorado
Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [5/18/1943] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [5/29/1943] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [6/22/1943]
Postcard from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [6/29/1943]; depicts the post office at Liberal, Kansas Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [2/28/1944] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [11/19/1943]
Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [12/22/1943] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [2/2/1944] Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [5/24/1945]
Letter from Emanuel K. Frucht to Raymond Lippman [8/26/1945] Letter from Frederick R. Homburger to Raymond Lippman [1/3/1943] Letter from Frederick R. Homburger to Raymond Lippman [10/10/1943]
Letter from Lawrence Katz to Raymond Lippman [12/25/1942] Letter from Lawrence Katz to Raymond Lippman [5/11/1943] Letter from William Klinkenstein to Raymond Lippman [8/31/1942]
Letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [5/19/1943] Letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [6/7/1943] Letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [6/22/1943]
V-mail letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [11/12/1943] V-mail letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [11/16/1943] V-mail letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [12/23/1943]
V-mail Christmas greetings from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [12/25/1943] V-mail letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [1/9/1944] V-mail letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [2/21/1944]
V-mail letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [12/23/1944] V-mail letter from Edward Mooney to Raymond Lippman [2/17/1945] Letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [7/25/1945]
Letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [8/20/1945] Letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [9/12/1945] Letter from Joseph O'Brien to Raymond Lippman [10/11/1945]
Letter from Obert "Tommy" Thompson to Raymond Lippman [2/5/1945] Letter from Obert "Tommy" Thompson to Raymond Lippman [5/13/1945] Letter from Obert "Tommy" Thompson to Raymond Lippman [6/23/1945]
Letter from Obert "Tommy" Thompson to Raymond Lippman [8/4/1945] Letter from "Kelly" [7/9/1945] Letter from William R. Begg to Raymond Lippman [11/7/1943]
Letter from Samuel Kermit Edwards III to Raymond Lippman [5/12/1943] Letter from Obert "Tommy" Thompson to Raymond Lippman [4/7/1945] 
  
 Diaries (2 items)
Diary of Raymond Leon Lippman [July 1945 - ?] Handwritten loose diary pages 
  
 Other Materials (11 items)
Collection of poetry by Raymond Leon Lippman; initial poem by Sloan Wilson Poem: "Ode To those Four Letter Words" Joke scenario about an infertile couple and a baby photographer
Essay: "The Fascist Mind", by Louis Dolivet, International Editor of "Free World", [10/1944] Poem: "Ice Storm", by Peggy Bacon Pamphlett with lyrics to popular tunes of the early 1940's
Typewritten copies of poems Poem: "Rotation" Christmas dinner menu [1942]
Several essays on the subject of rivers and dams Handwritten quotes from literature in Latin (Horace, Vergil, etc.) 
  
 

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