Guide to the Papers of Robert Heussler, 1939 - 1981Manuscript MS-1222

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Robert Heussler, 1939 - 1981

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1222

Collection Dates:

1939 - 1981

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Robert William Heussler was born in 1924 in East Aurora, New York. He enrolled at Dartmouth in 1942, but in 1943 he and many of his classmates joined the military as part of the Dartmouth Squadron, formed in 1943, comprising 45 Dartmouth men, Classes of 1942-1946, who requested to go through flight training together as a unit within the Army Air Corps. The collection comprises Robert Hessler's travel orders, photos, insignia, flight logs, and correspondence, documenting flight training and wartime activities of the Dartmouth Squadron. Also includes research materials for Heussler's book on the squadron

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Biography

Robert William Heussler was born in 1924 in East Aurora, New York. He enrolled at Dartmouth in 1942, but in 1943 he and many of his classmates joined the military as part of the Dartmouth Squadron. Heussler served as a pilot in the 360th Bombardment Squadron of the United States Air Force, where he received an Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, as well as a Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Dartmouth in 1945 and graduated with a B.A. in 1948. While at Dartmouth Heussler was active in the Glee Club, the D.O.C., and Phi Delta fraternity. After graduation Heussler traveled throughout the Far East and studied for one year at the College of Chinese Studies in Peking. He then attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, graduating in 1950. After a brief term of employment with the CIA, Heussler and his friend Thomas Lowell Jr. travelled the world together filming an early 3-D color movie. Heussler next attended St. Antony's College at Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar, and then returned to Princeton, where he received his Ph.D in 1961. In 1957 Heussler married Margaret Ten Broek Jackson, with whom he had four daughters, and whom he divorced in 1969. Heussler joined the Ford Foundation in 1962, and in 1968 was appointed the President of Trenton State College. He remained in this position until 1970, when he accepted a history professorship at the State University of New York in Geneseo. In addition to Huessler's book on the Dartmouth Squadron, "Interlude of the Forties," he published several other works, mainly dealing with Western European colonial efforts in Africa, as well as serving as editor of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine beginning in 1980. Heussler died on February 17th, 1984.

The Dartmouth Squadron was formed in 1943, comprising 45 Dartmouth men, Classes of 1942-1946, who requested to go through flight training together as a unit within the Army Air Corps. However, members were dispersed during training as individual skills developed, and specific Army staffing needs arose. Approximatey 40% of the Squadron members completed pilot training, while others became navigators or bombardiers; 15% were eliminated from all flight crew training.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Robert Heussler papers, 1939 - 1981

Travel orders, photos, insignia, flight logs, and correspondence, documenting flight training and wartime activities of the Dartmouth Squadron. Also includes responses by members of the squadron to questionnaires by Heussler gathering information for his book Interlude in the Forties: Memories of Dartmouth and the War. Includes Heussler's Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and dog tags.

Box: 1, Dates: 1943-1981

Research material for book on the Dartmouth Squadron

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Dartmouth Squadron Travel Orders, 1943-1945
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence between Robert Heussler and Frank Aldrich concerning the Dartmouth Squadron, 1978-1981
  • Folder: 3, List of Dartmouth Squadron members and statistics, undated
  • Folder: 4, Dartmouth Squadron photos, insgnia, and other records, 1943-1979
  • Folder: 5, Index cards listing names and biographical information on Dartmouth Squadron members, 1978-1979

Box: 2, Dates: 1939-1978

Robert Heussler's correspondence, flight logs, medals, dog tags, pay slips

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Robert Heussler's Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, undated
  • Folder: 2, Robert Heussler's Pilot's Log, 1943
  • Folder: 3, Records pertaining to Robert Heussler's military training, 1943-1944
  • Folder: 4, Records pertaining to Robert Heussler's military service, 1943-1944
  • Folder: 5, Records pertaining to Robert Heussler's hospital stays and discharge from the military, 1943-1978
  • Folder: 6, Records pertaining to the Dartmouth Squadron's military service, 1939-1949
  • Folder: 7, Letter from Robert Heussler to his parents, Nov. 15 [undated]
  • Folder: 8, Financial records pertaining to Robert Heussler's military earnings, 1943-1945
  • Folder: 9, Robert Heussler's dog tags and 303rd Bombardment Group shoulder patch, undated

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