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Irving Elias V-Mail and Photograph

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0441

The bulk of this collection consists of three V-Mail letters and cartoon sketches (dated 9 May 1943, 15 July 1943, and 14 July 1944) that Staff Sergeant Irving Elias wrote to his wife, Belle Elias, while he was serving with the U. S. Army during War II. Also included is a photograph of Sergeant Elias at an Allied base in New Caledonia, a free French colony in the South Pacific.

Dates

  • 1943 May 9-1944 July 14

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

The bulk of this collection consists of three V-Mail letters and cartoon sketches (dated 9 May 1943, 15 July 1943, and 14 July 1944) that Staff Sergeant Irving Elias wrote to his wife, Belle Elias, while he was serving with the U. S. Army during War II. Also included is a photograph of Sergeant Elias at an Allied base in New Caledonia, a free French colony in the South Pacific.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irving Elias was born on August 30, 1915 in New York City born to parents I. Jacob and Yaffa Elias who were originally both from Turkey. Before 1942, Elias had been a saleman, but on April 14, 1942, Elias enlisted in the army as a private during World War 2. By May 1943, Elias had been promoted to Staff Sergeant. He retained that rank through at least July 1944 according to the V-Mails he sent to his wife, Belle Elias. On October 26, 1945, he was officially no longer in the army. Elias died on April 21, 1989 and is buried at Mt. Jacob Cemetery in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480