By Virginia Pleasant
Letters from Thomas Hendrix to Margaret Kennedy while he was a student and member of the Navy V-12 program at Purdue University
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Thomas Hendrix letters to Margaret Kennedy (1945-1947, 0.1 cubic feet) document the correspondence from Hendrix to Kennedy while Hendrix was a student and Navy V-12 member at Purdue University. The letters describe Hendrix’s extracurricular activities and studies at Purdue, as well as his involvement in the V-12 program. In the only letter from 1947, Hendrix alludes to an injury he sustained in an accident on campus, likely the bleacher collapse of February 1947. In addition to the letters from Hendrix, there is one letter from an individual identified only as Ray to Kennedy that was added to one of the envelopes. This collection might be useful for researchers interested in the World War II era at Purdue, the Navy V-12 program, correspondence and courtship in the 1940s, and student life in the same era.
Thomas F. Hendrix was a student at Purdue during the World War II era. His enrollment at Purdue was due to the University’s involvement in the Navy V-12 program that was started in 1943, and was renamed the NROTC after the conclusion of the war. Hendrix was enrolled at Purdue towards the end of the war, and graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. While at Purdue, Hendrix was also a member of Sigma Nu, whose members at that time were typically affiliated with the military. In his last semester at Purdue, Hendrix was injured in the bleacher collapse of February 24, 1947 at a home basketball game.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
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Thomas F. Hendrix
The Navy V-12 Program: Leadership for a Lifetime, Thomas G. Schneider
MSA 287, Thomas Hendrix letters to Margaret Kennedy, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves a/or acid-free folders and boxes.
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