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Thomas Hendrix letters to Margaret Kennedy

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 2, Placement: 03
Identifier: MSA 287

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Hendrix letters to Margaret Kennedy (1945-1947, 0.1 cubic feet) document the correspondence from Hendrix to Kennedy while Hendrix was a student and Navy V-12 member at Purdue University.  The letters describe Hendrix’s extracurricular activities and studies at Purdue, as well as his involvement in the V-12 program.  In the only letter from 1947, Hendrix alludes to an injury he sustained in an accident on campus, likely the bleacher collapse of February 1947.  In addition to the letters from Hendrix, there is one letter from an individual identified only as Ray to Kennedy that was added to one of the envelopes.  This collection might be useful for researchers interested in the World War II era at Purdue, the Navy V-12 program, correspondence and courtship in the 1940s, and student life in the same era.


  • 1945 - 1947
  • Majority of material found within 1945 - 1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/02/2009


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is Open for research

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Thomas F. Hendrix was a student at Purdue during the World War II era. His enrollment at Purdue was due to the University’s involvement in the Navy V-12 program that was started in 1943, and was renamed the NROTC after the conclusion of the war. Hendrix was enrolled at Purdue towards the end of the war, and graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. While at Purdue, Hendrix was also a member of Sigma Nu, whose members at that time were typically affiliated with the military. In his last semester at Purdue, Hendrix was injured in the bleacher collapse of February 24, 1947 at a home basketball game.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)


Letters from Thomas Hendrix to Margaret Kennedy while he was a student and member of the Navy V-12 program at Purdue University

Arrangement Note

The Letters are organized chronologically.

Custodial History

Collection was purchased on eBay from Jim Hollis and subsequently donated to ASC.

Source of Acquisition

Sammie Morris

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

The Navy V-12 Program: Leadership for a Lifetime, Thomas G. Schneider

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves a/or acid-free folders and boxes.
Thomas Hendrix letters to Margaret Kennedy
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Virginia Pleasant and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2013-03-10.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-22: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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