Robert Bluntzer's Round Robin Newsletter Collection for WWII Servicemen
- 1942 - 1969
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The Round Robin was initiated and primarily funded by Robert Dougherty Bluntzer, a Corpus Christi oil and land man who was also a veteran of World War I. The Round Robin was inspired by the experience of Chrys Sullivan, a Confederate cavalryman from San Patricio, Texas, and an ancestor of Bluntzer. Sullivan had written his family asking them to take time to send more letters from the home front. He lamented that he heard nothing but "no mail for you Sullivan" during his service. He was killed in action before a response could reach him in early 1863. Bluntzer did not want military personnel from the Corpus Christi region to suffer the same neglect. The newsletter's logo was three robins labeled friendship, unity, and country.
In 1969, Bluntzer initiated publishing the majority of the Round Robin newsletters in a four volume set called The Spirit of America. Roger Butler and other donors helped to finance this publication. Copies of The Spirit of America were then donated to fifty colleges and universities around Texas.
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- Guide to Robert Bluntzer's Round Robin Newsletter Collection for WWII Servicemen
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Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States