A Guide to the Alec and Anne Stein Correspondence, 1941-1942
Alec C. Stein of Lynn, Massachusettes was drafted as a private into the United States Army and was assigned to the 211th Massachusettes Coast Artillery. In 1941 he was stationed with the 2nd Training Battalion at Camp Hulen in Palacios, Texas. In December 1941 Stein was stationed in Crockett, California. Later that year he entered Officer Candidacy School at Camp Davis, North Carolina.
The bulk of the collection is comprised of letters written by Private Alec C. Stein to Miss Anne Skolnick, while he was stationed at Camp Hulen, Texas, from January to December 1941. The letters contain descriptions of mundane aspects of army life, including food, housing and lingo, as well as the difficulty of being away from home, and the impact of these conditions on Stein and his fellow soldiers. Stein also touches on other problems of soldiers, including depression, promiscuity and alcoholism. Letters from December 1941-January 1942 cover the period of time that Stein was stationed in Crockett, California. There is also one letter from Anne Skolnick to Stein, while he was stationed at Camp Davis in North Carolina, in July 1942.
Alec and Anne Correspondence, 1941-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Detailed Description of the Collection