A Guide to the Brooks Kasson Collection, 1796-1809, 1921-2014
Butler B. Toland (1921-2014) was born in Nashville, Arkansas. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 and flew missions at Guadalcanal and in the Solomon Islands during WW2. While on leave in Arkansas in 1945, he met Edna Ward O’Hair, a young widow whose husband had been killed in action. They were married six months later, in December 1945. In the early 1950s, Toland took a position in England training Royal Air Force pilots before moving to Arlington, Virginia. In 1960, he took a position as attaché in Saigon. He retired in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Butler Toland passed away in 2014, six years after his wife Edna Toland.
The Kasson (Brooks) Collection contains scrapbooks and photo albums documenting Butler and Edna Toland’s travels throughout Butler Toland’s military career. The collection includes photos, clippings, brochures and correspondence relating to their time spent in England in the 1950s, Saigon in the 1960s, and several locations in the U.S. The collection also includes three property deeds for land in the Carolinas, which date from 1796-1809.
This collection is open for research use.
Brooks Kasson Collection, 1796-1809, 1921-2014, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, October 2015.
Detailed Description of the Papers