|Creator:||Zelda L. Stockham|
|Title:||Zelda Stockham World War II V-Mail Collection, 1943-45|
|Quantity:||1 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Victory mail or V-Mail is a method used during the World War II to deliver military letters overseas. The V-Mail correspondences were of standard page format with a box on the top for the receiver’s address. The letters were written by the soldiers, then censored, photocopied to a 16-mm black and white camera film and shipped to the addressee’s location. In the processing center the V-Mails were printed on to paper and then sent to recipients. This method became significantly useful for delivering letters and saving cargo space at the same time.|
|Repository:||Onondaga County Public Library
Local History & Genealogy Department
447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, New York, 13202
Zelda L. Stockham is the author of “A History of Eastwood High School”. After her graduation she became the Eastwood High School secretary and she served for 43 years. She died in 1990, at 85 years old. She had incredible influence among the students and the Eastwood community. In 1955 she was awarded “Eastwood – Woman of the Year”. After her retirement in 1966, she continued to contribute to the Eastwood society by assisting with high school reunions and keeping up with Eastwood High School graduates.
Zelda Stockham’s V-Mail Collection is a collection of letters sent to Miss Stockham by her former students from Eastwood High School, Syracuse, NY, who were in service throughout World War II. During the war, Zelda Stockham published a newsletter (May 6, 1943 – January 29, 1946) called “Good News”(LN48 Sy8 Eheagn), which was mailed to all Eastwood servicemen around the world. The newsletter contained information about current local events and information listing mailing addresses of others in the community. “Good News” was very popular and highly appreciated by the servicemen, who expressed their sincere gratitude to Ms. Stockham in the V-Mails.
This collection is arranged in alphabetical order starting with the last name of the sender followed by the first name and the middle initial. When there is more than one letter by one person the letters are organized chronologically.
User must have a valid Onondaga County Public Library card.
User must use materials in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Central Library.
Permission must be obtained from staff for reproduction of any materials.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Zelda Stockham World War II V-Mail Collection, 1943-45
Onondaga County Public Library
Local History and Genealogy Department
Gift from Paine Branch Library, Onondaga County Public Library.
Created by: IRP
Date: Sep. 30, 2011
|Box 1||Folders, containing the V-Mails sent to Zelda Stockham that are alphabetically and chronologically organized by the author’s names. 1943-1945|
|Box 1||Folder containing copies of V-Mail facsimiles. No specific order. 1943-1945|
|Box 1||Folder with biographical newspaper clippings about Zelda Stockham. 1928-1990|