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Carlton Dates correspondence

Identifier: MS 2638


The collection contains correspondence from Carlton Dates to his wife and daughter in Baltimore, Maryland while he was serving in the United States Navy during World War II. These letters yield a picture of the life of a Black serviceman and his family during the war.


  • 1941-1946, 1960


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical Note

Carlton Clarence Dates (1906-1985) was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland along with his wife, Ceola Dates (1905-1976), and his daughter, Dorothy “Dolly” Dates. Dates was a serviceman in the United States Navy during World War II and worked as an engineer. He was stationed at various naval bases during the war, including the naval training station in Great Lakes, Illinois, and Camp Elliot in San Diego, California. After his death in 1985, Dates was buried in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills, Maryland.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Miriam Winder Kelly in December 1983 (Acc. 000519) and December 1984 (Acc. 000830).

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters from Carlton Dates to Ceola and Dorothy “Dolly” Dates while he was stationed at various naval bases in Illinois and California, as well as correspondence from friends, family, and the Navy to Ceola Dates. The letters yield a picture of the life of a Black serviceman and his family during World War II and there is some comment by Dates on racial conflict and standing in letters from 1944 and 1945, particularly in a letter from December 11, 1944 in which he discusses the experiences of a friend.

The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Correspondence to Ceola Dates from Carlton Dates, and Series II: Correspondence to Ceola Dates from others. The items are arranged chronologically.

Guide to the Carlton Dates correspondence
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-10: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States