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Guide to the H. Wentworth Eldredge Autobiography, 1987-1988

Collection number: MS 228

Size: (9 items)

(0.10 cu.ft.)

About H. Wentworth Eldredge

H. W. Eldredge was born circa 1910 in Brooklyn, graduated from Dartmouth College, and finished a sociology dissertation at Yale University in 1935. At the start of World War II, Eldredge joined the United States Army Air Force and traveled to Great Britain in the Spring of 1943 via a convoy from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Once there, he was recruited by a Harvard professor to help him record the official Army history of the 8th Air Force. “But I wanted to be doing something,” he wrote in his autobiography, “not recording what other people had done or might do.” Reassigned to intelligence work, Eldredge helped distract German agents from the Allies’ plans for an invasion of France through Normandy. He returned to teach at Dartmouth College after the war and served as head of the Department of Sociology for a time. Eldredge, who was also the author of several monographs in the field of sociology, died in 1991.

About the H. Wentworth Eldredge partial autobiography

Eldredge’s partial autobiography consists of Chapters 10 (sections A, B, and C), 11, 13 (sections A, B, C, D) and 14. Well-written in a semi-stream of consciousness style, these chapters describe his desire to get into the war, what it was like to be an American serviceman in Great Britain, his sickness with jaundice, his espionage operations concerning D-day, and sociability amongst American officers in the European theater. His memories include descriptive vignettes of dead “Kraut” bodies, tank shards, alcholic drinks, romantic interests, and the apprehension and excitement of war.

Researchers ought to take note that these autobiographical chapters were originally found in the Frank Norvish World War II memorabilia (MC 167), and have since been separated into their own manuscript collection. Norvish’s relationship to the autobiography, and to Eldredge, is still uncertain.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

H. Wentworth Eldredge partial autobiography, 1987-1988, MS 228, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

H. Wentworth Eldredge and Douglas L. Wheeler, November 1990 (Accession number: 2010.03)

Related Material

Franklin Norvish World War II Memorabilia, 1939-2010, MC 167, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

One Response to “Guide to the H. Wentworth Eldredge Autobiography, 1987-1988”

  1. robinson brown Says:

    I was a student of Eldredge’s at Dartmouth in the late 50′s. I now rue the fact hat I did not know of his WW2 involvement, since I have since met airborne, demolition, and wire service veterans of 6 June. I am now fascinated by his involvement with the Resistance, with his possible involvement at the Tempsford RAF facility, and any cross-Channel movement by Eldredge.

    I would appreciate any ‘steering’ you can give me. THANK YOU! Rob Brown, Minneapolis 612-386-0509. 111 Marquette – # 2801 Minneapolis MN 55401-2035