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Boardman-Smith collection

 Collection — Box: 01
Identifier: 0002

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of correspondence between (and to) Raymond H. Boardman and Lillian L. Smith. There are letters from other correspondents, family photographs, and a few items of ephemera. Letters to Raymond from his hometown friends focus primarily on their relationships with women and how they are finding ways to have fun. There are a few letters to Lillian from other service men. Letters from Lillian to Raymond recount daily activities and lament his absence. There are relatively few letters from Lillian to Raymond, only spanning 1917, though his letters mention later letters he received. The correspondence suggests that Lillian and Raymond had only been dating for a month before he was drafted. They write about whether they have other love interests and about sending things to one another. Raymond's letters to Lillian are quite romantic. He writes about missing her and plans after the war. Raymond's letter prior to his discharge from the Army voices his fear that she might have moved on while he was enlisted, and that he hoped she still wanted to be with him.


  • 1915-1943, undated

Biographical / Historical

Raymond Henry Boardman was born on November 5, 1895 in Middletown, Connecticut. He served in World War I from 1917-1919, during which he corresponded with his later-wife Lillian L. Smith. Raymond Boardman was stationed in France with the American Expeditiary Force of the U.S. Army. He worked for a time in a military hospital.

Lillian Smith was born on August 7, 1898 in Hartford County Connecticut. Smith and Boardman were married in 1923. They had one daughter, Joyce. Raymond Boardman worked as a draftsman. He died on July 27, 1966 in Connecticut. Lillian Boardman died on May 30, 1985 in Palm Beach, Florida. Both are buried in Middletown, Connecticut.


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Custodial History

This collection was donated to UNE by Diane Lowderback.

Guide to the Boardman-Smith collection
Cathleen Miller
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & Archives Repository

University of New England
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Biddeford Maine 04005