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James and Fern Nelson-Coffin collection

Call Number: RH MS 1501


This collection contains correspondence and newspaper clippings between Sergeant James Coffin, his future wife Fern Nelson, and their families during World War II.


  • Creation: 1942 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of James and Fern Nelson-Coffin

James A. Coffin and Fern Berniece Nelson met in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois before James shipped off in World War II. They corresponded back and forth for the duration of the war and later moved to the Kansas City area. Coffin served in Italy and Northern Africa with the 15th Air Force.

After his discharge, James Coffin held a career as a pharmacist, receiving his pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials



The collection has been organized in chronological order by when the letters were sent. One folder of newspapers and related material is at the beginning of the collection.

Physical Location

RH MS 1501

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John R. Coffin, 2019.

Guide to the James and Fern Coffin-Nelson Collection
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Preferred citation
James and Fern Coffin-Nelson collection, RH MS 1501, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States