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Kenneth H. Singer Papers

Identifier: MS 00310

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Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials related to the Camp Peary, Virginia, military installation and Singer's time there with his stepfather, Cmdr. Arthur C. Linden, USNR, and mother, Barbara E. Linden, during World War II.

Includes a portrait of Singer painted by German prisoner of war, H. Koeling; 11 photographs of officers and nurses; photocopies of 3 identification cards; invitation to commissioned officers mess; 22 copies of camp newsletter, Peary-scope, dating from 5 July 1943 through 25 May 1946, with no issues for 1944.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1943, 1945-1946

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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Cmdr. Arthur C. Linden, USNR, spent his entire tour of duty at United States Naval Training Center (USNTC) Camp Peary in York County, Virginia. Singer was Linden's stepson who also lived at Camp Peary with his mother, Barbara E. Linden, and their nanny/housekeeper, Lena Roessel. Both Barbara Linden and Roessel were fluent in German.

During World War II, German prisoners of war were sent to Camp Peary where they often performed work at officer residences. H. Koeling [signed 'Kolliug' on painting] was one of these German POWs who painted Singer from a photograph provided by Roessel.


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Guide to the Kenneth H. Singer Papers
Mariaelena DiBenigno, SCRC staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository