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Descriptive Summary

Historical/Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Administrative Information

Access Points

Inventory

Guide to the Louis William Nardin Letters to Laura Hermann
1917-1918
Control # H-23

Finding Aid prepared by: Hyslop, John Ara, 1970-

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770


Descriptive Summary

Creator Nardin, Louis William, 1893-1973
Title Louis William Nardin Letters to Laura Hermann,
Dates: 1917-1918
Abstract: The Louis William Nardin Letters to Laura Hermann contains correspondence (61 letters, September 30, 1917-March 27, 1918) to Laura Hermann from her boyfriend Private Louis William Nardin while he was stationed at Camp Upton on Long Island. Private Nardin addressed all his letters to Miss Laura Hermann with the salutation “Dear Wife,” “Darling Wife,” or “Dear Loving Wife.” The majority of his writings are about his love for Miss Hermann and how he envisions their lives together as a married couple. In the rest of his letters, he writes of his day-to-day activities at the camp; his friends at the camp; his desire to see Miss Hermann; his plans to see Miss Hermann; and his travels to and from seeing Miss Hermann by the Long Island Rail Road and car.
Extent: 14 letters, 1 folder, .1 cubic feet
Identification: H-23
Location: The material is located in the Archives at Queens Library.

Historical/Biographical Note

When Laura Hermann received these letters from her boyfriend Private Louis William Nardin, she was living at 1012 Nebraska Avenue Richmond Hill, New York (now 95-12 133rd Street). On all of the envelops to Laura Hermann, Private Nardin refers to her as Miss Laura Hermann, but in his salutation he refers to her as his wife. In researching the couple I found no evidence that they ever married and no more information about Laura Hermann.

Louis William Nardin was born on April 16, 1893 in Woodhaven, New York to Louis and Lena Nardin. At some point he got a job as a clerk at the Lalance Grosjean Company in Woodhaven. He lived with his parents until he was drafted in 1917 as private by the United States army. The army put him in the 77th Division, 302nd Engineers, D Company stationed at the recently constructed Camp Upton. He was at the camp until at least March 27, 1918. The company left Camp Upton March 28 and 29, 1918.

In 1920 he was back with his parents in Woodhaven and working as a machinist. In 1923 he married Loretta H. (last name unknown). In 1930 he and Loretta lived at 97-17 132nd Street Richmond Hill, New York. He was a manager at a paint company.

Louis died April 1973 in Eldred, New York.

Sources:

Louis William Nardin Letters to Laura Hermann

1910 United States Federal Census Queens, New York, Enumeration District 1242, Sheet 22A [Ancestry Library Edition database on-line] Provo, UT, USA.

Social Security Death Index, 101-07-5309; Issue State: New York; Issue Date: Before 1951 [Ancestry Library Edition database on-line] Provo, UT, USA.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Queens County, New York; Roll: 1787168; Draft Board: 180 [Ancestry Library Edition database on-line] Provo, UT, USA.

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Scope and Content Note

The Louis William Nardin Letters to Laura Hermann contains correspondence (61 letters, September 30, 1917-March 27, 1918) to Laura Hermann from her boyfriend Private Louis William Nardin while he was stationed at Camp Upton on Long Island. Private Nardin addressed all his letters to Miss Laura Hermann with the salutation “Dear Wife,” “Darling Wife,” or “Dear Loving Wife.” The majority of his writings are about his love for Miss Hermann and how he envisions their lives together as a married couple. In the rest of his letters, he writes of his day-to-day activities at the camp; his friends at the camp; his desire to see Miss Hermann; his plans to see Miss Hermann; and his travels to and from seeing Miss Hermann by the Long Island Rail Road and car.

From January to February 1918 Miss Hermann was very ill. In his letters to her, Private Nardin wrote about how he wants her to get better so she can enjoy life and how if he were around he would take care of her. In a letter postmarked February 1, 1918, he writes of his concern for her health and the lack of help she is getting from her family. He insists that she go see his doctor and to move in with his parents.

In a letter postmarked March 19, 1918 Private Nardin states he and his fellow soldiers were given orders to get ready to leave camp in the coming week. However in a letter postmarked that same day he writes that they are staying at Camp Upton. In his last letter postmarked March 27, 1918, he writes that he does not know when they are going to leave and writes about his love for her and hopes to see her before he does leave.

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Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged in chronological order.

The one file is organized into one series, Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Creator of item, date of item (if known), identification of item, if a photograph its control number. The Louis William Nardin Letters to Laura Hermann, Archives at Queens Library, Queens Borough Public Library.

Provenance

The Library does not know how it obtain the letters.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions. Manuscripts are only available in the Archives at Queens Library, please call (718) 990-0770 for hours. Manuscript users will be required to complete the division's Manuscript Usage Form and deposit their photograph identification or Queens Borough Public Library card with a staff member. The identification will be returned to the user after she/he has returned the material. Manuscript users will deposit all their personal items behind the reference desk. Manuscript users must use the division's loose sheets of paper for note taking. To reiterate, no pen of any type is permitted. Paper and a pencil are available upon request. Manuscript users may be required to use special handling procedures depending on the conditions of the material.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770.

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Access Points

Subject Names:

  • Hermann, Laura
  • Nardin, Louis William, 1893-1973

Subject Organizations:

  • United States. Army

Subject Topics:

  • World War, 1914-1918

Subject Places:

  • Camp Upton (N.Y.)
  • Richmond Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Woodhaven (New York, N.Y.)

Document Types:

  • Correspondence

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Inventory

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

Correspondence ( 1917-1918, 1 folder)
Box - Folder: 604-1

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