Guide to the Robert Otis Clement Papers, 1920-1953

Collection number: MC 256
Size: 6 boxes (2.00 cu.ft.)

About Robert Otis Clement (1917-1993)

Robert Otis Clement, son of Otis David and Gladys Nixon Clement, was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on December 1, 1917. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1934, and from the University of New Hampshire in 1938. He joined the infantry of the United States Army in 1942. His brother, Lieutenant William Clement, and his sister, Lieutenant Shirley Clement, also joined the armed services. During his service at Fondouk Pass in the North African campaign in 1944, Clement was seriously wounded in the jaw and shoulder by an enemy bullet. At the time of the injury, he was a private with the intelligence section of the 3rd Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 34th Division. He received the Purple Heart medal for being wounded in action. After recovering, Clement returned to action during the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, Clement attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Mass. and was ordained into the Episcopal priesthood at Saint Mary’s Church in Penacook, New Hampshire, in 1951. The Reverend Robert Clement died near his home in Portland, Maine on February 21, 1993.

About the Robert Otis Clement Papers (1920-1953)

The collection consists primarily of the correspondence between Robert Clement and his family and friends during the Second World War. There are also various official military documents, and memorabilia from Clement’s period of service and from his religious work after the war. In particular, there are Clement’s badges and medals, and a scrap book containing photographs, postcards, and newspaper clippings.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Robert Otis Clement Papers, 1920-1953, MC 256, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift, Eliane Clement, New Castle, New Hampshire, July 2, 2013 (Accession number 2013.15)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1949

Subseries A: To Robert O. Clement (arranged by correspondent)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1From Mother, June 1942 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 2From Mother, July 1942 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 3From Mother, Aug - Nov 1942 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 4From Mother, Jan - Mar 1943 (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 5From Mother, Apr - May 1943 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 6From Mother, June - July 1943 (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 7From Mother, Aug 1943 (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 8From Mother, Oct 1943 (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 9From Mother, Nov 1943 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 10From Mother, Dec 1943 - Feb 1944 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 11From Mother, Mar - May 1944 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 12From Mother, June - July 1944 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 13From Mother, Aug - Sept 1944 (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 14From Mother, Oct - Dec 1944 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 15From Mother, Jan - Apr 1945 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 16From Mother, May - June 1945 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 17From Mother, July - Aug 1945 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 18From Mother, Sept - Nov 1945 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 19From Mother, Feb - June 1946 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 20From Mother, Sept - Oct 1946 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 21From Mother, Nov 1946 - Mar 1947 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 22From Mother, Apr - Oct 1947 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 23From Mother, Dec 1947 - Feb 1948 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 24From Mother, Mar - May 1948 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 25From Mother, July 1948 - Aug 1949 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 26From Mother, Sept - Nov 1949 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 27From Mother, Dec 1949 - Jan 1950 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 28From Mother, Feb - Mar 1950 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 29From Mother, Apr - June 1950 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 30From Father, June - July 1942 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 31From Father, Aug 1942 (4 letters)
Box 1, Folder 32From Father, Jan - Mar 1943 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 33From Father, Apr - May 1943 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 34From Father, June - July 1943 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 35From Father, Aug - Sept 1943 (6 letters)
Box 1, Folder 36From Father, Oct - Nov 1943 (9 letters)
Box 1, Folder 37From Father, Dec 1943 (5 letters)
Box 1, Folder 38From Father, Jan - Feb 1944 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 39From Father, Mar - Apr 1944 (7 letters)
Box 1, Folder 40From Father, May - June 1944 (8 letters)
Box 1, Folder 41From Father, July 1944 (6 letters)
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1From Father, Aug 1944 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 2From Father, Sept 1944 (4 letters)
Box 2, Folder 3From Father, Oct 1944 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 4From Father, Nov - Dec 1944 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 5From Father, Feb - Apr 1945 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 6From Father, May 1945 (4 letters)
Box 2, Folder 7From Father, June 1945 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 8From Father, July - Aug 1945 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 9From Father, Sept 1945 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 10From Father, Oct - Nov 1945 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 11From Father, Dec 1945 - Mar 1946 (6 letters)
Box 2, Folder 12From Father, May - Nov 1946 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 13From Father, Mar - Nov 1947 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 14From Father, Dec 1947 - July 1948 (4 letters)
Box 2, Folder 15From Sister, June 3-11, 1942 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 16From Sister, June 12-24, 1942 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 17From Sister, July - Nov 1942 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 18From Sister, Jan - Apr 1943 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 19From Sister, May - June 1943 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 20From Sister, July 1943 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 21From Sister, Aug - Oct 1943 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 22From Sister, Nov 1943 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 23From Sister, Dec 1943 - Feb 1944 (6 letters)
Box 2, Folder 24From Sister, Mar - May 1944 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 25From Sister, June - July 1944 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 26From Sister, Aug 1944 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 27From Sister, Sept - Nov 1944 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 28From Sister, Dec 1944 - Mar 1945 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 29From Sister, Apr 1945 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 30From Sister, May - June 1945 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 31From Sister, July 1945 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 32From Sister, Aug - Nov 1945 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 33From Sister, Feb - July 1946 (4 letters)
Box 2, Folder 34From Sister, Dec 1947 - Dec 1949 (7 letters)
Box 2, Folder 35From Sister, Jan 1949 - Mar 1950 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 36From Brother, June - July 1942 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 37From Brother, Aug - Dec 1942 (6 letters)
Box 2, Folder 38From Brother, Jan - Apr 1943 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 39From Brother, May - June 1943 (6 letters)
Box 2, Folder 40From Brother, July - Oct 1943 (5 letters)
Box 2, Folder 41From Brother, Nov - Dec 1943 (8 letters)
Box 2, Folder 42From Brother, Jan - Mar 1944 (6 letters)
Box 2, Folder 43From Brother, Apr - June 1944 (7 letters)
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1From Brother, July - Aug 1944 (5 letters)
Box 3, Folder 2From Brother, Sept - Nov 1944 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 3From Brother, Apr - June 1945 (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 4From Brother, July 1945 - Feb 1946 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 5From Brother, Jan 1947 - Feb 1948 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 6From Uncle and Aunt, June 1942 - Dec 1943 (9 letters)
Box 3, Folder 7From Uncle and Aunt, Mar - June 1945 (5 letters)
Box 3, Folder 8From Uncle and Aunt, July - Aug 1945 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 9From Wenna, 1940(?) - May 1943 (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 10From Wenna, June - Dec 1943 (9 letters)
Box 3, Folder 11From Wenna, Jan 1944 - Dec 1946 (9 letters)
Box 3, Folder 12From Wenna, Apr 1947 - Jan 1950 (8 letters)
Box 3, Folder 13From Grandmother, June - Aug 1942 (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 14From Grandmother, Jan - July 1943 (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 15From Grandmother, Aug 1943 - Apr 1944 (8 letters)
Box 3, Folder 16From Grandmother, July 1944 - Oct 1947 (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 17From Grandmother, Nov 1947 - Mar 1948 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 18From Grandmother, Apr - May 1948 (5 letters)
Box 3, Folder 19From Grandmother (Clement), July - Aug 1942 (2 letters)
Box 3, Folder 20From Friends, A-BA (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 21From Friends, BE-BO (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 22From Friends, DA (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 23From Friends, DO-J (5 letters)
Box 3, Folder 24From Friends, Reverend Kline, June - Nov 1942 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 25From Friends, Reverend Kline, May - Nov 1943 (6 letters)
Box 3, Folder 26From Friends, Reverend Kline, Dec 1943 - Aug 1945 (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 27From Friends, KR-M (7 letters)
Box 3, Folder 28From Friends, N-U (7 letters)

Subseries B: From Robert O. Clement (arranged chronologically)

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 28From Family, May 28 - June 7 1942 (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 29From Family, June 9-18 1942 (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 30From Family, June 20-26 1942 (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 31From Family, June 28 - July 10 1942 (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 32From Family, July 12-20 1942 (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 33From Family, July 22 - Aug 2 1942 (10 letters)
Box 3, Folder 34From Family, Aug 3-15 1942 (10 letters)
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1From Family, Aug 18 - Sept 15 1942 (5 letters)
Box 4, Folder 2From Family, Sept 20 - Oct 29 1942 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 3From Family, Nov 2-25 1942 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 4From Family, Nov 30 1942 - Mar 13 1943 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 5From Family, Mar 22 - May 9 1943 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 6From Family, June 9 - July 20 1943 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 7From Family, July 23 - Aug 31 1943 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 8From Family, Sept - Oct 1943 (16 letters)
Box 4, Folder 9From Family, Nov - Dec 1943 (14 letters)
Box 4, Folder 10From Family, Jan 1944 (9 letters)
Box 4, Folder 11From Family, Feb - Mar 1944 (11 letters)
Box 4, Folder 12From Family, Apr - May 1944 (8 letters)
Box 4, Folder 13From Family, June 1944 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 14From Family, July 1944 (9 letters)
Box 4, Folder 15From Family, Aug - Sept 1944 (9 letters)
Box 4, Folder 16From Family, Oct - Nov 1944 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 17From Family, Dec 1944 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 18From Family, Jan 1945 (13 letters)
Box 4, Folder 19From Family, Feb 1945 (15 letters)
Box 4, Folder 20From Family, Mar 1945 (15 letters)
Box 4, Folder 21From Family, Apr 1945 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 22From Family, May 1945 (10 letters)
Box 4, Folder 23From Family, June 1945 (9 letters)
Box 4, Folder 24From Family, July 1945 (9 letters)
Box 4, Folder 25From Family, Aug 3-16, 1945 (8 letters)
Box 4, Folder 26From Family, Aug 26-30, 1945 (6 letters)
Box 4, Folder 27From Family, Sept - Oct 1945 (13 letters)
Box 4, Folder 28From Family, Nov 1945 and July 1949 (7 letters)

Series 2: Miscellaneous Official Documents, 1943-1953

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Documents, 1943
Box 5, Folder 2Documents, 1944
Box 5, Folder 3Documents, 1945
Box 5, Folder 4Documents, 1946
Box 5, Folder 5Documents, 1947-1953
Box 5, Folder 6Documents, undated
Box 5, Folder 7Receipts
Box 5, Folder 8Life Insurance Information
Box 5, Folder 9Documents in German

Series 3: Memorabilia

Box 5, Folder 10Blue Star Flag
Box 5, Folder 11Robert Clement’s identification and service cards
Box 5, Folder 12French and German money
Box 5, Folder 13Red Cross notice to Robert’s father, concerning Robert’s injury
Box 5, Folder 14Articles about Robert Clement’s injury and Purple Heart
Box 5, Folder 15Class of 1938 UNH Reunion, including photograph and event program
Box 5, Folder 16William Clement’s (brother of Robert) UNH academic transcripts, 1938-1940
Box 5, Folder 17Robert Clement’s B.A. degree certificate, UNH, 1938
Box 5, Folder 18Topographic maps of the United States (4 maps)
Box 5, Folder 19Church-related materials, including church service programs, and newspaper clippings
Box 5, Folder 20Material relating to Otter Lake, MI
Box 5, Folder 21Unused postcards
Box 5, Folder 22Robert Clement’s address book

Series 4: Visual Material

Box 5, Folder 23Unlabeled negatives, depicting various people (including Robert) and ivy-clad buildings (24 negatives)
Box 5, Folder 24Post-war Photographs, including images of Robert in Otter Lake, 1948 (14 photographs)

Series 5: Oversized Material

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1Box containing Robert Clement’s army badges and bars
Oversize Box 1, Item 2Box containing Robert Clement’s Purple Heart, Medal of the Army of Occupation, and the bullet from his war injury
Oversize Box 1, Item 3Robert Clement’s hair (age 2 years and 9 months)
Oversize Box 1, Item 4Scrapbook of images and documents collected by the Clement family, including photographs, postcards, maps, money, and newspaper clippings