Inventory of the Robert R. Bramlett Papers 1966-1967 Bramlett, B.R. Papers Mss. Acc. 2009.306, 2011.114, and 2011.127

Inventory of the Robert R. Bramlett Papers 1966-1967

A Collection in the
Special Collections Research Center
Accession Number Mss. Acc. 2009.306, 2011.114, and 2011.127


Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary

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Special Collections Research Center
01/Mss. Acc. 2009.306, 2011.114, and 2011.127
Robert R. Bramlett Papers 1966-1967
Bramlett, B. R. arrangement
Language of Materials
The papers are in: English

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Robert R. Bramlett Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired by Special Collections Research Center on 07/22/2009.

Processing Information

Accessioned and minimally described in July 2009 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Arranged by Alex Dodd, SCRC Staff, in September 2009. Updated in March 2011 by Benjamin Bromley.

Biographical Note

B.R. Bramlett was marine sergeant stationed in Vietnam. He was an MP, and later brig warden, at Phu Bai and Danang after being in the infantry. He was in charge of imprisoned American soldiers as well as Vietnamese prisoners of war.  Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href=" R. Bramlett"> R. Bramlett</a>.

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of letters from B.R. Bramlett to his wife written while on active duty with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, 1966-1967. Topics include everyday concerns for his family at home, and descriptions of his military duties.  In describing racial tensions between the black and white American troops Bramlett labels the black troops repeatedly as 'trouble makers'. In each letter he expresses his love and devotion to his wife and children, and often writes about worrying that he has left his wife with difficult responsibilities, such as getting the car fixed, dealing with household problems, and caring for two young children. The collection includes some letters to Bramlett from his wife, who frequently reassures him that she and the children are doing well. In several June 1967 letters, Bramlett advises his wife on paperwork regarding her pending United States citizenship.

Arrangement of Materials

Arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

    Genre/Form of Material:

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Topical Term:

  • Race relations--1960-1970
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, American

Detailed Description of the Collection

box: 1
  • box: 1 Folder: 1
    January 1966-November 1966
  • box: 1 Folder: 2
    December 1966
  • box: 1 Folder: 3
    January 1967
  • box: 1 Folder: 4
    February 1967
  • box: 1 Folder: 5
    March 1967-April 1967
  • box: 1 Folder: 6
    May 1967
box: 2
  • box: 2 Folder: 1
    June 1967-July 1967
  • box: 2 Folder: 2
    August 1967
  • box: 2 Folder: 3
    September 1967
  • box: 2 Folder: 4
    Octobe 1967
  • box: 2 Folder: 5
    November 1967-December 1967