A Guide to the Leona Robbins Fitchett Collection, 1944-1945 Fitchett, Leona Robbins, Collection, 1944-1945 50068

A Guide to the Leona Robbins Fitchett Collection, 1944-1945

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 50068


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
50068
Title
Leona Robbins Fitchett Collection, 1944-1945
Extent
.45 cu. ft. (1 box)
Creator
Fitchett, Leona Robbins, 1931-
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Leona Robbins Fitchett Collection, 1944-1945. Accession 50068. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Leona Robbins Fitchett, Henrico, Virginia, 27 July 2011.


Biographical Information

Leona Robbins was born in 1931. As a child, she lived in Norfolk, Virginia, and attended Coleman Place Elementary School. During World War II, a neighbor and family friend, Army Lieutenant Charles R. Field (b. 1912), suggested that Leona send toys to the children of Norfolk, England, where he would be stationed for part of his World War II service. After Lt. Field delivered the toys to Carbrooke Junior School in Thetford, a correspondence ensued between Robbins, the school's Headmistress Mary Norton, and the children in her class.

Scope and Content

Collection, 1944-1945, kept by Leona Robbins (later Fitchett) of Norfolk, Virginia, consisting chiefly of letters, drawings, and photographs sent to her by Headmistress Mary Norton and various penpals at Carbrooke Junior School in Thetford, Norfolk, England. Miss Norton's letters express gratitude for Leona's interest in her children, and often speak enthusiastically about interactions between the school and the American soldiers stationed nearby. The children's letters describe day-to-day life in the village of Carbrooke, and are full of questions about Leona's life; the children were anxious to compare families, schools, holiday schedules, and recreational activities. They also make reference occasionally to war-related incidents and concerns, including the fact that several of them were evacuees from London fleeing German bombings. Also included in the collection is A History of Carbrooke, compiled by the Wayland Partnership Development Trust in 2011.

Contents List

Leona Robbins Fitchett Collection, 1944-1945.
Extent: 1 box.
  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Letters, February-March 1944.
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Letters, June-July 1944.
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Letters, August-September 1944.
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Letters, November 1944.
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Letters, 1945.
  • Box 1
    Folders 6-11
    Children's artwork.
  • Box 1
    Folder 12
    Empty envelopes.
  • Box 1
    Folder 13
    A History of Carbrooke, compiled by the Wayland Partnership Development Trust in 2011.