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Viva May Wilcox Collection

Identifier: MS-442

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The Viva May Wilcox Collection was donated by her daughter, Rona Lee Maughan. Viva May grew up in Ogden at 2583 Fowler Avenue. This collection focuses on her teenage, early adult years, specifically during World War II.

This collection is mostly letters to Keith from his mother, other soldiers and his fiancé Viva May Gammell. These were all written in the summer of 1944. It also contains a Christmas Newsletter written in 1944 by a mother, Algie Thurgood, who lost her son, Jay Herbert, in the South Pacific. With the newsletter is a letter written by Viva May to Keith about the loss of Jay and its effects on Algie. The collection also has portions of Viva May’s history about the war years, mostly about Viva May’s and Keith’s wedding. Plus two photographs of Keith in his Navy Uniform.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1944


1 Boxes

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Box 1 Correspondence

FD 1 Letters to Keith from his mother, June 23-July 29, 1944 FD 2 Letters to Keith from other soldiers, June 19-July 24, 1944 FD 3 Letters to Keith from Viva May, June 1944 FD 4 Letters to Keith from Viva May, July 1944 FD 5 Letters to Keith from Viva May, August 1944 FD 6 Newsletter Christmas 1944 with corresponding letter from Viva May FD 7 Postcards to Keith from Viva May, July 1944 FD 8 Photographs FD 9 Miscellaneous Scrapbook Pages, 1941-1945

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Repository Details

Part of the WSU Stewart Library Special Collections Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408