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Dr. Edna McGlynn World War II Letters Collection

Identifier: M.8

Scope and Contents

The collection includes over fourteen hundred letters - including V-mail, postcards, and greeting cards - and a variety of ephemera and newsclippings from the one hundred and four correspondents. The collection also contains copies of the mimeographed newsletters and mailing lists.


  • 1942 - 1946


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Edna McGlynn was born in Beverly, MA. SHe earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston University. She went on to earn two doctorates, one from Boston College in medieval history and the other from Georgetown University in American diplomatic history.She taught at Keene State College from 1928 to 1936. She joined the Salem Teachers College faculty in 1936 as a professor of history and government.

At the outset of World War II, Dr. McGlynn began corresponding with the students and alumni who left home to serve in the military. The Collegiate Defense Committee (CDC), with McGlynn as faculty advisor, was formed to write letters and send care packages to Salemites serving at home and abroad. McGlynn and the CDC corresponded with over one hundred students and alumni; they also maintained current mailing lists of those in the service and prepared and distributed “The Salem Newsletter” in which Dr. McGlynn edited summaries of news from the letters she received. McGlynn served the college until her retirement in 1976. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1982 in recognition of her many contributions to the students and the institution that had become Salem State College. Dr. McGlynn died on March 27, 2005 at the age of 97.


1.67 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The correspondence in the collection is filed alphabetically by correspondent. Along with the name of the correspondent, there is information about what branch of service they were in. These include: Army, Navy, Army Air Force (AAF), Coast Guard, Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS), Merchant Marine, United State Marine Corps Women's Reserve (USMCWR), United States Naval Reserve - Women's Reserve (WAVES), and the Women's Army Corps (WACS).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Edna McGlynn in 1983.

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Repository Details

Part of the Salem State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Archivist
352 Lafayette St.
Salem MA 01970 United States