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Jon Hamer papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: LaRC-199

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal, military, and family papers of John F. S. Hamer, known to his friends as Jon. Included are handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, greeting cards, numerous World War II-era v-mails, programs, a log book of letters received, tax and financial documents, legal papers, certificates, notes, night club ephemera, journal issues, newspaper clippings and sections, a book, and other printed items. Sgt. Hamer's most frequent correspondent was Sgt. J. H. Hildahl, called Harvey. Some photocopies of nineteenth-century family papers are included.


  • 1876-1950 (bulk 1940s)


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

John Francis Shepert Hamer II (born 1909 or 1910) of Texas, was stationed at Camp Polk, La., from 1942 to 1945. Immediately prior to the war, he had lived in Fort Worth, Tex., with his aunt and uncle. He had a wide circle of friends, mostly stationed at other domestic Army bases. When on leave, they would visit New Orleans, Alexandria, La., or other American cities, to enjoy the company of others in the gay community. Within this collection, different letter authors addressed him in writing alternately as Jon, John, or Johnny.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 v.)

Language of Materials



Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 1969 from Jon Hamer of San Francisco, Calif.

Jon Hamer papers
Written for OCLC by Susanna Powers
2016 April 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US