The James A. Grimshaw, Sr. Collection contains correspondence and personal papers that pertain to Grimshaw's service in the United States Army from May 1945 to August 1946, including his basic training at Fort Hood and his tour in Italy in 1946. The collection also describes his family's lives on the homefront in Corpus Christi, Texas, and in the northern midwest.
The collection is organized into two series. The largest series is Correspondence, 1938-1946, undated. The bulk of the correspondence consists of the letters that James A. Grimshaw, Sr. and Maury Grimshaw wrote to each other on a nearly daily basis. Grimshaw's letters describe what life was like in basic training and Italy. He describes his different responsibilities, his officers, and the conditions of postwar Italy. Maury's letters describe Bo's life, family life, and her job at the Corpus Christi courthouse. Other major correspondents include Grimshaw's mother Charlotte "Char" Grimshaw (from Missouri and then Illinois), and his aunts Marie Rosenfeld (from Michigan), Mary Bingham (from Missouri and Wisconsin), and Estelle Bunch (from Missouri). Besides their letters to each other, the collection does not contain any outgoing mail from James Grimshaw, Sr. and Mauryne Grimshaw. Some letters contain enclosed items, which consist primarily of newspaper clippings and letters that are being forwarded from one relative to another.
The second series is Personal Papers, 1931-1948, undated. This series contains photographs, military documents, published material, and memorabilia. Almost all of the photographs are of Grimshaw's tour in Italy in 1946, primarily from his sightseeing ventures. The military documents include memorandums and notices to enlisted men instructing them on rules and regulations, official orders pertaining to Grimshaw, and paperwork pertaining to Grimshaw (including initial preinduction paperwork from the selective service, life insurance, and separation materials). The published material primarily includes newspapers produced for the American troops, church bulletins, booklets and pamphlets about the war, a few military manuals, army songs, and newspaper clippings about life in the army. The memorabilia mostly consists of brochures, tickets, stickers, cards, and ration books. The series also contains Grimshaw's service medals and ribbons.