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David J. Harrer Letters

Identifier: MS 00003

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 70 letters sent by David J. Harrer of the 1st Signal Battalion to his mother, Mrs. Josephine S.Kerr, in Sacremento, California. There is one letter from 1964, possibly sent while Harrer was a Sacramento State College. The majority of the letters were sent beginning in 1969 when Harrer was training at Ft. Lewis in Washington, and continue through his time in the Army, during which he served in Vietnam and traveled extensively around Asia, including Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. Upon returning to the United States, Harrer established himself in Appleton, Wisconsin at a printing press. The letters concern regular updates on day-to-day activities and talk of his travels.


  • Creation: 1964, 1969-1972
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1964, 1969-1971


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Administrative History:

David J. Harrer was born around 1945.  He was from Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento State College.  He joined the army in the 1960's and had a secretarial job in Vietnam.  After the war, he moved to Appleton, Wisconsin where he worked for printers.


0.40 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2014.220 was received by Special Collections in January 2015.

Guide to the David J. Harrer Letters
Finding Aid Authors: Matthew Niendorf.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository