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Clarence O. Kuester, Jr., papers

Identifier: MS0134

Scope and Contents

The letters (1942-44) are primarily written to Kuester's sister, Adelaide Bostick, with additional letters to his twin brother, Faison, and to his father, Clarence Kuester, Sr. They document living conditions and daily events, as well as insight into Kuester's personal struggles as a soldier near the front lines. Also includes photographs and memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1891, 1941-1955, 1982-1993
  • Creation: 1942 - 1944


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright Transferred to UNC Charlotte Library. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Clarence Otto Kuester Jr. of Charlotte joined the U.S. Army 38th Evacuation Hospital Unit as a private in 1942. Comprised primarily of Charlotte doctors and nurses, the 38th Evac served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Kuester had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant by the time of his discharge in 1944. [NOTE: For further information, see U.S. Army 38th Evacuation Hospital Records; and LeGette Blythe, 38th Evac (Charlotte: Heritage Printers, 1966).]


0.6 Linear Feet (2 document boxes (1 shared))

Language of Materials



550 items, primarily letters written to his family in Charlotte by Clarence O. Kuester, Jr., a member of the US Army 38th Evacuation Hospital Unit while stationed in North Africa and Italy.


The collection is arranged into the following two series, with one file of memorabilia that does not belong to any series. The two series are:

I. Correspondence II. Photographic prints, circa 1942-1944

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Clarence O. Kuester Jr., 1987, 1994-95.

Related Materials

U.S. Army 38th Evacuation Hospital Papers (Mss 4). John C. Montgomery Papers (Mss 215). Clarence Kuester, Sr. Papers (Mss 443).

Processing Information

Processed by Tricia Kent, 1987. Updated by Randy Penninger, 1995. Revised by Robert A. McInnes, 2007

Clarence O. Kuester, Jr. papers
Tricia Kent & Randy Penninger
1987, 1995, 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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