Beyer: John Beyer’s World War II Letters, 1945

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Object ID:  MG0770

1 box     14 folders, 84 items, 154 pages to be scanned     .25 cubic feet

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 15

Scope and Content Note:  This collection contains fourteen newsletters dating between January and June 1945. They were written by John W. Beyer, Esq., but with some content provided by those lawyers who were serving in the war, as well as from individuals who were still working stateside at the Lancaster County Courthouse. The newsletters are a collection of stories and antidotes from the local legal community, as well as about their fellow lawyers serving elsewhere. It was Beyer’s way to help those from the Lancaster Bar Association who were serving during the war to feel a little more connected with what was going on back home in Lancaster and at their courthouse and with their fellow lawyers.

The other half of the collection are the correspondence letters that Beyer received from the lawyer-servicemen. Many of the letters thanked Beyer for the newsletters and for the news from home and the court. They also informed him about where they were serving and what was happening during their time of service.

There are some miscellaneous items, such as the Lancaster Law Review issue which contains the names and addresses of those who were serving from the Lancaster Bar Association at the time. There are also some correspondence letters from Beyer to others about receiving the newsletters.

Creator: Beyer, John W. (1914-1990)