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Charles E. Littlejohn Papers

Charles E. Littlejohn Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles E. Littlejohn Papers
Identification: MS123
Date: 1943-1944
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (one half-sized document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Littlejohn, Charles E., (Charles Elbert), b. 1924
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:A participant in the Navy V-12 program, Charles E. Littlejohn graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. His papers primarily include correspondence documenting his time at Georgia Tech.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles E. Littlejohn, a native of Jemison, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama, where he studied aeronautical engineering. In July 1943, when his naval unit was called into active duty, he entered Georgia Tech for two sixteen-week terms as part of the Navy V-12 program. He transferred his academic credits to Tech and accelerated his coursework so that he could earn his degree at Tech.

After his commencement on June 26, 1944, Littlejohn went to Asbury Park, New Jersey for midshipman school. Following the completion of his midshipman course, he worked on aircraft carriers as a powerplant specialist at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, where he spent the remainder of the war. Later in life, Littlejohn worked as a sales engineer and in aircraft sales for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and began a research and development company, Cascade Industries, Inc., and he lived in Atlanta.

Scope and Content Note

The Charles E. Littlejohn papers are composed almost exclusively of correspondence written by Littlejohn to his mother, Dezzie Littlejohn. Letters from January through June 17, 1943 were written from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Littlejohn attended the University of Alabama. The subjects of these letters are fairly routine, focusing on his schoolwork, activities, and finances. Some of the letters were written to both his mother and "Bud" Littlejohn, who was most likely his brother James.

The first letter written from Georgia Tech is dated July 3, 1943. The early letters written from Atlanta provide descriptions of his activities and impressions of the city and the campus. Of particular note are letters dated July 13, 1943, in which he mentions going to Grant Park and the Cyclorama, and July 15, 1943, comparing the academic standards of Alabama and Georgia Tech. All of the letters provide an excellent overview of the experiences of a student/soldier in Atlanta during World War II.

Scattered throughout the correspondence are infrequent letters from James Littlejohn to Charles or Dezzie, as well as a few letters from other family members and friends to Charles Littlejohn. An invitation to the 1944 commencement activities, commencement program, and other commencement ephemera are located in the last folder.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Graduation materials are arranged following the correspondence.

Index Terms

College students--Alabama.
College students--Georgia.
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Aerospace Engineering.
Naval education--Georgia.
Navy V-12 Program (U.S.).
University of Alabama..
World War, 1939-1945--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Charles E. Littlejohn Papers (MS #123), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Charles E. Littlejohn donated these papers on March 14, 1995 (Accession #1995.0803; old number: 95-08-03).

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2000.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections

    Related Material

    Georgia Tech Alumni Oral History, Charles Littlejohn interview; Georgia Tech Naval R.O.T.C. Records (MS104).

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    11Correspondence, 1943-1944
    12Correspondence, 1943-1944
    13Correspondence, 1943-1944
    14Correspondence, 1943-1944
    15Commencement Materials, 1944