Selected Letters

The letters begin in 1935 with Virginia Fontaine’s move from Milwaukee to Yale and are primarily written to her mother. Her letters to family cease upon her death in Guadalajara, Mex., in 1992. Some of Virginia’s letters correspond to materials in the Hammersmith Archives.

Fontaine’s letters in the collection begin with those written to Virginia in 1938, and continue regularly through his station in Europe during the Second World War. Following their relocation to Europe after the war, the letters between Virginia and Paul become infrequent with the exception of brief periods when they were apart. Virginia’s letters to her mother cease with Myrtle’s death in 1961.

Selected letters are available as Adobe pdfs below. For access to the originals, please contact the Fontaine Archive.