MS - 084: The Letters of Gerald Koster, World War II
Processed by Krystal Thomas '07
Provenance: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts & Archives, 2000
Gerald Koster was a Seaman, first class, aboard the U.S.S.
Scope and Content:
The collection is compromised mainly of letters written by Koster home to his family in
The collection also includes copies of "The FM Gazette," the
ship newsletter for the FM division of the
There are also negatives of Koster family photos depicting Gerald and his family, the family home and the grocery store that Gerald's father bought during the war, Hopewell Grocery.
Included also are miscellaneous memorabilia from life onboard the New Jersey as well as postcards sent to Mr. Erlin Koster, Gerald's father.
SERIES I: Letters Home 1943-1945 [99 letters/6 postcards/2 envelopes/1 V-Mail letter]
SERIES II: The FM Gazette [14 newsletters (some duplicate copies)]
SERIES III: Negatives [36 negatives with original envelope]
SERIES IV: Miscellaneous [see series inventory]
Unless otherwise specified, all letters are written on board the