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Norman E. Lau Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2015.076

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of letters to and from Norman E. Lau, who served as an aviation metalsmith for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and his family. The correspondence was written before and after the war, and concern Lau's search for a job in Chicago during the Depression, his training, his time spent overseas during the war stationed in the Philippines, and his life after the war in California. Many of the letters were written to or by his wife, "Kitty." Correspondence between other members of the Lau family are also included, along with items such as pamphlets, notebooks, and other ephemera. A more detailed description of the collection by the seller is filed in front of Box 1.


  • Creation: 1929-1950


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers.

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.


2.50 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Mss. Acc. 2015.076 was received by Special Collections on 3/5/2015. The purchase was made possible by the Frances Randolph Howard endowment.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally described by Tim Eklund, SCRC staff, in April 2015.

Guide to the Norman E. Lau Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository