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Humphrey family World War II papers

Identifier: RHC-86

Content Description

Collection contains correspondence and personal papers of Frederick G. Humphrey and William F. Humphrey, Jr. relating primarily to their military service during World War II. Also included are photographs of the twins as boys and in their uniforms. The collection also contains additional family papers including a diary with entries dating from 1942-1943 from the twins' first cousin, Eloise Jennifer Humphrey and World War I era post cards to their aunt, Pearl (Humphrey) Keene, from her future husband, Guy Keene.


  • circa 1857-1949

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Frederick G. Humphrey was born on February 7, 1923 in Missouri along with his fraternal twin brother William F. Humphrey, Jr. to Isabelle (MacDonald) and William F. Humphrey, Sr. Frederick served as a paratrooper during World War II in the 82nd Airborne Division, and was killed in action in the Netherlands in 1944 and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart. William F. Humphrey, Jr. also served in the Army, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was severely wounded during battle and was also awarded a Purple Heart.


0.5 Linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Swann Galleries, 2014.

Humphrey family World War II papers, RHC-86
Special Collections & University Archives
January 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States