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Norman L. Welch collection

 Collection — Folder: S2298
Identifier: S2298

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of Flying Colors, the September 1939 monthly publication of Co. 774, Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) of Palmyra, Missouri; a September 30, 1939 letter from the headquarters of Co. 774 regarding his approved discharge if accepted into the Navy; December 1939 correspondence from the Recruiting Sub-Station at Quincy, Illinois and the Recruiting Station at St. Louis, Missouri regarding Norman Leo Welch's enlistment in the U.S. Navy; Welch's honorable discharge certificate from the C.C.C. dated December 12, 1939; his certificate of completion from the Machinist's School at the Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia dated August 23, 1940; and pages 141-170 of Set No. 1 of the Fireman 1c. examination questions from the Navy circa 1940.

This collection also includes a May 2, 1939 certificate presented to Jack Welch, Norman's father, by the Automobile Club of Missouri for his personal service as a member of the school patrol in the "Campaign of Education for Public Safety" and a copy of The Mess-Kit, the first issue of a publication for soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces in France that cost 1 franc and was published in June 1919.


  • 1919-1940

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Norman Leo Welch was born October 18, 1920 in Hannibal, Missouri to John Henry and Leona (Justus) Welch. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Palmyra, Missouri on July 14, 1938 and was honorably discharged on December 12, 1939 following his enlistment in the United States Navy. A veteran of World War II, he served as a Naval Reserve recruiter for 30 years and also served with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He married Clarabelle Burton in September 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts and they had two children. His wife was born in French Lick, Indiana and was a graduate of Bloomington High School. Following the war, the Welch family lived in Bloomington for a number of years before moving back to Hannibal. Norman passed away at the age of 77 on June 28, 1998.

Sources: "Clarabelle Burton Welch." Find a Grave Memorial ID 114845519. Accessed April 11, 2022. "Norman Leo 'Skip' Welch." Find a Grave Memorial ID 114909473. Accessed April 11, 2022.

"Norman 'Skip' Welch." Bloomington Herald-Times (IN), June 29, 1998.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Norman L. Welsh on 1967/03/22.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/04/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/12 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.