How to Navigate

There are a number of ways to navigate through Jerome Epstein, Jr.'s letters.

The most interactive way to explore the collection is to use the map embedded on the site's home page. This map, built using StoryMapJS , has the letters organized by the location where they were written, or in some cases locations they reference.  You can follow Jerome's journey by clicking through the slides using the next or previous arrows, or by clicking on an icon on the map. Each location is represented on the map by an icon of the unit patch or crest for the unit Jerome was assigned to at that location.You can also access a full page version of the map from the top navigation.

You can jump to a specific location or letter from the "Locations" tab of the top navigation.

You can also browse the entire list of letters through the "Browse Letters" tab at the top navigation. On the browse page the letters are organized in straight chronological order, broken down by folder and box as they are located in the collection.

 The "Subjects" and "Tags" tabs will allow you to search letters by the topics discussed ("Subjects" uses Library of Congress subject headings while the "Tags" are more informal).

Finally, the Search bar allows you to search the metadata and transcription to find key words or phrases.

To supplement the letters, this page also includes a digitized version of Epstein's World War II scrapbook, hosted in the George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center's online digital repository, LUNA. This scrapbook was composed during the war by Jerome Epstein, Jr.'s mother, Rosella, and includes souveniers from his war time service as well as extensive newspaper clippings of war news, especially focused on the Italian theater.


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