Tom Boyett Correspondence

MC 1677

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University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Britton Burnett, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Boyett, Tom, 1907-1983
Tom Boyett Correspondence
Inclusive Dates
MC 1677
.4 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Tom Boyett Correspondence was donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries on August 14, 2006, by James Finck of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Lammers; completed in September 2006.

Preferred Form of Citation

Tom Boyett Correspondence (MC1677), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

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Biographical Note

Thomas J. Boyett, Jr., son of Thomas J. and Ida Boyett, was born on August 13, 1907 in Hempstead County, Arkansas. He grew up in Hope, Arkansas, graduating from Hope High School. He attended the University of Arkansas in 1925-1926. In the early-1930s he worked near Alto, Texas, with refrigeration. Evelyn Lewis, daughter of James L. and Martha Lewis, was born on December 11, 1908 in Stephens, Arkansas. She worked as a stenographer after graduating from Hope High School and in 1935 was hired by the Soil Conservation Service office in Hope. Between 1935 and 1937 Tom and Evelyn married.

They were living in Little Rock when the United States entered World War II in 1941. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and was assigned to the 22nd Naval Marine Construction Battalion, a "Seabees" unit. After training in Norfolk, Virginia, in August 1942, his battalion shipped out to Sitka, Alaska. He worked in Sitka and later Attu, Alaska, until March 1944, when his battalion moved to Camp Parks, California, near San Francisco, where he served for the remainder of the war.

Tom died in September 1983 and Evelyn died on March 27, 1996, both in Hope.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Tom and Evelyn during the periods 1924-1925, after Tom had left Hope, and 1942-1945, when Tom served in the Navy. Other correspondence includes a letter commending Tom’s military service signed by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy during World War II, and a couple of letters to Tom from his mother, Ida. Remaining items include greeting cards from 1904 and the 1940s, an oil and gas lease for Tom and Evelyn for land in southwest Arkansas in 1937, and papers concerning Evelyn’s hire at the Soil Conservation Service in 1935. Also included are three photographs, one of Tom from 1945, one of Tom’s friend “Red Ass” from 1944, and one of unidentified people from a 1963 birthday party attended by Evelyn.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, 1924-25

Box 1 Folder 2

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, 1942, January-May 1944

Box 1 Folder 3

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, June-July 1944

Box 1 Folder 4

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, August-September 1944

Box 1 Folder 5

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, October-December 1944

Box 1 Folder 6

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, January-March 1945

Box 1 Folder 7

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, April-May 1945

Box 1 Folder 8

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, June-July 1945

Box 1 Folder 9

Tom and Evelyn Correspondence, August-September 1945

Box 1 Folder 10

Other Correspondence, 1923-1963, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

Other Papers, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 12

Christmas Card, 1904

Box 1 Folder 13

Photographs, n.d. (Images 1-3)


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