Scope and Content of Collection
The Franklin B. Brannan papers span the years 1951 to 1953. The correspondence between Brannan and his family and friends began while he was undergoing training at Fort Lee, Virginia in 1951. Their correspondence continued after he arrived in Korea and ceased just prior to his return to Baltimore in 1953. Most of the material dates from 1952-1953, while he was stationed in Korea, and documents the lives of a few Baltimore working class families. In addition to the correspondence, the collection contains local Baltimore newspaper clippings, a photograph of a Baltimore mother and daughter and their pets, and a 1952 election pin. Most of the letters are paired with their original envelopes, which display wartime postmarks, stamps, and annotations by correspondents.