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Bosworth and Fling Family Papers, circa 1890-1960

Bosworth and Fling Family Papers, circa 1890-1960
MS 00034
2.5 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Letters, postcards, printed material, photographs, and other related material, circa 1890-1960, of John L. Bosworth, John Woodbridge Bosworth and John (Jack) Bosworth Fling. Includes photographs of the three men, copies of printed works written by John W. Bosworth, and printed material relating to John W. Bosworth's time as a police officer and superintendent of public safety for West Virginia. The family is from Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia.  The letters encompass World War II in the United States, travel through Europe in the 1950s, polio, management of their rental properties, many references to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Warm Springs, March of the Dimes, the Democratic party, life at Harvard and Columbia University, and popular films. The majority of the collection is comprised of letters and postcards written by Fling to his parents and materials related to his world travel.

Of note are letters written by Soviet and Nazi spy Martha Dodd, Black Pete cigar rings from the Netherlands (good for winter display), and monies from various European nations.

Elkins Daily Mail, West Virginia newspaper 1940-1942 (Rare Book Newspaper AN 49 .E44)


Organized into three series: Series 1: John L. Bosworth, Series 2: John Woodbridge Bosworth, Series 3: John Bosworth Fling.

Note: Some items in Series 3 relate to all of the men (For example: photographs and news clippings.).

Fling, John Bosworth
Bosworth, John Woodbridge
Epidemics--United States
Political Campaigns—United States
Post World War II Europe--Description and travel
West Virginia--History--20th century
Letters (correspondence)

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Purchase..
Preferred Citation
Bosworth and Fling Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Acc. 2012.053 has been intergrated with the rest of the collection.
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