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Martin L. Duda Letters

Identifier: MS 00035

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters written by Sgt. Martin L. Duda to his wife, Phyllis Lucille Duda, while serving in the Korean War. Some of the topics discussed in the letters include Duda's reluctance to serve in the war, the dangers of modern warfare, daily military life, the psychological toll of warfare, and the social life of service men.


  • Creation: 1950-1951


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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.

Biographical / Historical

Martin L. Duda was a son of a tin mill woker from New Castle, Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Army during the last few months of World War II in Germany. He was recalled to service in 1950 as tensions in Korea escalated. Duda was married to Phyllis Lucille Duda.


0.20 Linear Feet


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. 2014.182 was received by Special Collecitons in April 2014.

Processing Information

Accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in November 2014.


Guide to the Martin L. Duda Letters
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository