(3 boxes, .81 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1942-1985
Bulk Dates: 1942-1945
Processed by Jaclyn Campbell
Donated by Chan L. Coulter (1928-1999), retired professor of
Chan Frank Coulter was born in Johnson County, Iowa, to Elmer and Ida Hunter Coulter on September 24, 1901. Ida Coulter died about eleven years later and her sister, Etta Hunter, helped to raise Coulter. The family moved to
Coulter went on to the State University of Iowa, where he majored in physical education and received a Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) Commission. Upon graduation, he acquired a job selling life insurance in
He married Mae C. Becker in 1926 and had a son, Chan Lowell Coulter, in 1928. The Coulters lived in
After being called to active duty, he spent a year and a half at
After he was discharged in 1945 for health reasons, he returned to his family in
Coulter worked closely with the Iowa City Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta and received the Coulter Cup, named for him, for his exceptional service to the chapter. He was very active in his community after the war, serving as the mayor of
Coulter died in August of 1991.
The collection is broken up into four series; Series I: Correspondence by regular mail, Series II: Correspondence by V-Mail, Series III: 1985 reunion of the 37th Division, and Series IV: Collection information.
Scope and Content Notes:
This collection consists primarily of correspondence from Coulter to his family.
Series I consists of a series of letters, written by Coulter, to his wife, Mae, and son, Chan Lowell, during his overseas service in the South Pacific from 1942 until his discharge in 1945. The correspondence includes fatherly advice to his son and talk of normal family business matters to his wife, as well as day-to-day happenings of military life during war. Some letters have been censored and cut in places.
Series II consists of a series of V-Mails, written by Coulter, to his wife and son during his overseas service from 1942 until 1945. The content of this correspondence is very similar to the correspondence of Series I.
Series III consists of papers acquired by Coulter regarding the 40th Anniversary of the 37th Division’s Liberation of Manila. This series includes news clippings, itineraries, and programs of the 37th Division and its 40th reunion in 1985.
Series IV consists of collection information regarding the gift of Chan Lowell Coulter of the series of letters from his father. Also included is a photograph, most likely of Coulter during World War II.
For additional information on Coulter and his family, see Chan L. Coulter’s Oral History, located in the Reading Room of Special Collections and in the Birkner/Hedrick Oral History Collection located in the Archives.
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