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George H. Guild letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-112

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 11 letters, manuscript and typewritten, sent to George Guild's mother, Ruth L. Guild, in Nashua New Hampshire from his various postings in the United States. The contents generally describe army life in camp, training, food, exercise, rumors, entertainments, and possible furloughs. There is also a great deal of sharing news of friends and relatives who have written letters.

The correspondence from 1945 includes mention of an automobile at home in Nashua, its repair, and the obtaining of license plates and registration in advance of George's homecoming. Letters also include descriptions of army educational courses in Lexington, Virginia, possibly at the Virginia Military Institute.


  • 1941-1942, 1945


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

In copyright.

Biographical Note

George Herbert Guild was born on 4 May 1919 in Nashua, New Hampshire. His parents were Walter Reed Guild (1894-1983) and Ruth Louise Wells Guild (1895-1976); he had one brother, Robert W. Guild (1922-2000). His parents seem to have divorced sometime in the 1930s. George H. Guild graduated from Nashua High School in June 1936. In 1940 he received his degree from the University of New Hampshire where he was a member of the Sigma Beta Fraternity.

George H. Guild enlisted in the U.S. Army as Private on 10 January 1941 and was assigned to the Medical Detachment of the 196th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft). At some point, probably in mid-1942 his unit was shipped to the Southwest Pacific Theater and was stationed in Townsville, Australia. By June 1945 he had returned to the United States with the rank of Lieutenant. He married Lucille Irene Follett (1924-2010) on 7 September 1946 in Laconia, New Hampshire. It appears they met at their mutual employer's, the Allen-Rogers Corporation, a manufacturer of turned wood products founded in Laconia in 1934. By 1964 he was its treasurer, and from 1973 served as its president. In addition to various civic activities, he had been a trustee of the Putnam Fund, chairman of the Laconia Planning Board, Laconia Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Laconia School Building Committee, a director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and of the Wood Products Manufacturers Association.

He died in Laconia, New Hampshire on 26 December 1997.


0.42 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Guide to the George H. Guild letters
Robert Beasecker
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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