Fonds - Robert Lawrence fonds

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Robert Lawrence fonds

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  • 1945-2012 (Creation)

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6.5 cm of textual and graphic materials. - 2 photographs: b&w; 13 x 9 cm and 8.5 x 6 cm

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Robert Lawrence graduated from high school in 1943 and together with his best friend, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In 1945, Robert was stationed as a mail clerk in Yorkshire, England with the RCAF’s No. 6 Group Bomber Command. During his time in the military, Robert began corresponding with Marion Beverly Mortimer of Hamilton. Upon his return to Hamilton, Robert began his sales career with Life Savers Company, travelling throughout southern Ontario. Robert continued to write to Marion throughout his travels. Robert and Marion were engaged in August of 1948 and married a year later. They were married for sixty years and had three children. Robert died in 2009 and Marion passed away in 2012.

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Lynda Watson, daughter of Robert and Marion Lawrence, donated the material to the Hamilton Public Library, December 31, 2015.

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Fonds consists predominantly of original handwritten letters from Robert H. Lawrence, who was stationed in England during the Second World War, to Marion Mortimer of Hamilton, Ontario. The fonds also includes greeting cards, postcards, telegraphs, newspaper clippings and a travelling salesmen's route itinerary.

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All pieces have been encapsulated and are in fair to good condition.

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Created in 2016 and revised in 2017.

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The material was processed in 2016 and revised in 2017.

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