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William J. Lawler Diary

Identifier: SC 00704

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Diary, 1943, kept by Private William J. Lawler while he was stationed in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Niagara Falls, New York, Tenessee, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado during World War II. Most of his entries in the diary are very detailed, and some of the entries were written by his wife, Nancy Selina. The entries record his life as a service member in the United States Army. Topics include Lawler attending basic training, details of his wife's pregnancy, attending flight school, going to school, the birth of his new daughter, taking care of his new daughter, traveling across the country, going to movies at the service club, his attendance at Catholic mass, and writing letters to his wife. For excerpts from the diary provided by the seller, see Box List link below.


  • Creation: 1943

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Biographical Information:

William James Lawler was a member of the United States Army during World War II and was stationed at Atlantic City, New Jersey Niagara Falls, New York, Tenessee, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado. He married Nancy Selina on February 14th, 1942 and had one daughter, Nancy Jean Harriet Lawler on April 16,1943. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Guide to the William J. Lawler Diary
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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