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Charles Albert Converse Papers

Collection number: MS-158

Scope and Contents

The Charles Albert Converse Papers include personal letters Charles wrote to his family while in Great Britain, reports on the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy during the London Blitz, Western Union telegraphs, miscellaneous correspondence, a memorial book from Charles's funeral, and newspaper and magazine clippings.

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  • 1939 - 1940
  • Acquired: 2017-03-08


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

IN COPYRIGHT - EDUCATIONAL USE PERMITTED This Rights Statement can be used only for copyrighted Items for which the organization making the Item available is the rights-holder or has been explicitly authorized by the rights-holder(s) to allow third parties to use their Work(s) for educational purposes without first obtaining permission. URI:

Biographical or Historical Information

Charles Albert Converse (1904-1940) was a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Department of State, posted at the United States Embassy in London. Charles and his family were evacuated during the London Blitz of 1940. Charles Converse was soon after hospitalized in Washington D.C., where he died at the age of 35.

Note written by Converse, Charles Albert (1904-1940)


20.00 items



Arrangement Note

Records scanned as 600 dpi TIFF files ( in original order, mostly organized by date. Divided into 20 electronic record sets (ms158er01-001 - ms158er01-020) and combined into PDF/A (fmt/477) files w/ two versions (black and white and original color).

Physical Access Requirements


Technical Access Requirements

Requires PDF reader.

Custodial History

Acquired: 03/08/2017. Acquisition Note:  Source: Peter E. Schinkel. The folder was discovered while Peter Schinkel was going through paperwork that his father had saved. Original documents scanned and returned to donor on February 23, 2018. Donor is intending to return them at some point in the future.

Source of Acquisition

Peter E. Schinkel

Method of Acquisition

The folder was discovered while Peter Schinkel was going through paperwork that his father had saved.

Appraisal Information

Historically valuable personal letters and telegrams related to the U.S. Embassy in London during World War II.

Existence and Location of Originals

Related Materials

Images from "The Bystander visits the American Embassy in London." *The Bystander*, February 7, 1940, 169-173.

Other Descriptive Information

UUID: F6E83244-0D10-4B8B-4BD4-632B739AE2DF

Processing Information

Original documents returned to donor (20180223), scanned for access and preservation at donor's request. Scanned on Epson GT-20000 at 600 DPI, 24-Bit Color to TIFF. Letters converted to PDF/A files (PUID: fmt/477).

Archon Finding Aid Title
Dallas Suttles
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-26: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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