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Lewis E. & Albertine M. Skilton Papers

Identifier: M593

Scope and Contents

Folder 1 consists of correspondence received by Albertine Mason prior to her marriage to Lewis Skilton. The first letter from 1940 indicates that Albertine opened an account with the First National Bank of Hattiesburg, and the subsequent correspondence is chiefly from male suitors, many of whom were employed in the military. One writer, Verner Doll, was stationed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and had met Albertine through her Hattiesburg connections.

Folder 2 is comprised of invitations to weddings and dinner parties, including five copies of the marriage invitation for Albertine Mason and Lewis Skilton. The wedding occurred December 18, 1943 at Keesler Field. A card from Harold Skilton and Albertine’s 1938 graduation announcement from Brookhaven High School are also included.

Folder 3 contains letters written to the couple from family and friends, including Rev. Roger Cleveland, a relative in Connecticut who details Lewis’s family history.

Folder 4 consists of letters between Albertine and Lewis both before and during their marriage. All but one of these letters was written by Lewis, and they discuss Lewis’s life at the Air Transport Command in Palm Springs, whether or not he would be able to fly, and an illness for which he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in New Orleans in 1949. The majority of these letters are intimate conversations between a husband and wife, and researchers focusing on gender roles in the mid-twentieth century will find these of particular interest.

Folder 5 holds various military documents related to Lewis and Albertine Skilton, including immunization records, identification cards, and field manuals.

Folder 6 has newspaper clippings sent to and from Lewis and Albertine, some of which concern their relationship. Also included is a political cartoon drawn by a friend that satirizes Uncle Sam.

Folder 7 houses Albertine’s experiences as a dental assistant at Keesler Field. It includes information on her wages and housing, as well as Keesler Field’s song book from a program in 1943 and a copy of the Keesler Field Exchange from July 1942.

Folder 8 contains nine World War II-era postcards from the Tennessee Maneuvers, which depict operations around Murfreesboro. The cards are blank, but would prove valuable to researchers interested in depictions of training and images of the war.

Folder 9 has photographs of Lewis and Albertine Mason Skilton from the 1940s.


  • circa 1938-1949


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Eugene Skilton was born February 13, 1917 in Plymouth, Connecticut to Harold G. and Helen Louise (Cleveland) Skilton. The Hartford Courant, August 26, 1941, indicates that Skilton reported for final examination on September 5 and was then inducted into the Army. He married Albertine Mason December 18, 1943 and was stationed in Palm Springs, California with the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command through circa 1945.

Albertine was born September 28, 1916 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to William and Ruth Mason, graduating from Brookhaven High School in 1938. Albertine lived with relatives in Hattiesburg in the early 1940s, and she started working as a dental assistant at Keesler Field, Mississippi in 1942. Following World War II, the couple resided on Taylor Street in Jackson, Mississippi. They were members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and Lewis worked for Farnham Business Machines. The couple did not have any children.

Lewis died October 3, 1973 and is buried at Lakewood Memorial Park. Albertine remarried to James Dewitt McGuffee following Lewis’s death and worked as a secretary for the Highway Patrol. She died January 2, 2001. She is also buried at Lakewood Memorial Park.


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The Lewis E. and Albertine M. Skilton Papers consist of correspondence, documents, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with the couple’s experiences during World War II. Lewis was stationed at Palm Springs, California while Albertine worked as a dental assistant at Keesler Field in Mississippi. This collection would be of particular interest to researchers studying World War II, gender in the mid-twentieth century, military and civilian social activities, period songs, and depictions of the war in images and cartoons.


This small collection consists of nine folders which have been arranged by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Paul C. Cartwright on November 2, 2001.

Related Materials

M401, Opie Lee McNutt World War II Collection.

M489, Caroline Force World War II Collection.

M556, William H. Hatcher Memories of World War II.

M559, N. V. Hannegan Camp Shelby Letters.


Case File

"Connecticut, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945," database with images, FamilySearch ( 14 August 2019), Lewis Eugeane Skilton, ; records extracted by FamilySearch and images digitized by Ancestry; citing Draft Registration, Plymouth, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, "Draft Registration Cards for Connecticut, 10/16/1940 – 3/31/1947," NAID 7644724. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926 - 1975, RG 147. National Archives and Records Administration at St. Louis, Missouri, n.d.

Contents from the collection

“Lewis Skilton…Masonic Rites,” The Northside Sun (Jackson, Mississippi), Thursday, October 11, 1973.

“Recalls Tour,” Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi), Sunday, December 21, 1969.

“Terryville,” Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), Tuesday, August 26, 1941.

"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch ( 5 December 2014), Lewis E Skilton, enlisted 15 Oct 1941, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) ( National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Photograph Log

M593-001 Albertine M. Skilton, headshot 2 ½ x 3 ½ B/W ca. 1944 M593-002 Albertine M. Skilton, headshot 2 ½ x 3 ½ B/W ca. 1944 M593-003 Albertine M. Skilton, headshot 2 ½ x 3 ½ B/W ca. 1944 M593-004 Albertine and Lewis Skilton in Uniform 8 x 10 Color ca. 1940s
Lewis E. & Albertine M. Skilton Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
23 January 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001