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John H. Teyson letters

Identifier: RHC-98

Scope and Contents

Collection contains letters and postcards from Pvt. John H. Teyson, U.S. Army 6 Co. 721st Railway Operating Battalion to his friend "Radio Joe" (Joseph E. Allen) and his wife "Dot" in Hoboken, New Jersey. The letters date between July 1943 and October 1945, and detail Teyson's experiences as an Army Railway worker stationed in India during World War II. While all of the letters are addressed to "Joe" or "Joe and Dot", some of the mailing envelopes are addressed to Joseph E. Allen while others are addressed to William N. Allen. The relationship between the two Allens is unclear. The collection also contains three letters to Joe Allen from other military friends, including Sgt. Roy H Berger, Gerald A. Spitler, and Pvt. J. F. Nicolson, dating from 1944. In addition to correspondence, the collection contains a U.S. Army orientation map of Madras, India and a train operator's ticket in English and Hinudstani from 1945.


  • 1943-1945


Access to the 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

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Note

John H. Teyson (1907-199) lived in Secaucus, New Jersey in 1930 and worked for Brakeman Railroad. He was married to Alice Teyson. During World War II, Teyson served in the U.S. Army and attended training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and Camp Cushing, San Antonio, Texas in 1943. In 1944, Teyson was stationed in India, where he worked on Army railway lines in the 6th Co. 721st Railway Operating Battalion. Throughout his service, he maintained regular correspondence with his friends "Radio" Joe Allen and his wife Dot, of Hoboken, New Jersey.


0.24 Linear feet (1 box)

John H. Teyson letters
Annie Benefiel
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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