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Ruth A. Adams Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2020-035-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 351 correspondence written to Ruth A. Adams by soldiers and sailors during the Second World War, including various holiday cards. Most of the collection, 307 letters, were written by EM3/C Eugene A. "Gene" Gasseaux, USN (USS Jobb). There were ten other soldiers and sailors, as well as six civilian authors of postcards and letters.



Other servicemen authors include (in alphabetical order):
  • Pvt. Jack C. Birkhimer, USA,
  • Pvt. Gardner E. Cline, USAAF,
  • A/S Johnnie V. Cola, USN,
  • S1/c Donald A. Eagley, USN,
  • S1/c Darwin S. Ekey, USN,
  • PFC Leon A. Galvia, USA,
  • RM3/c Arthur D. Gibson, USN,
  • S1/c WP Hoag, USN,
  • Pvt. J. Long, USA,
  • T/5 WIlliam Neissheim, USA.


Other authors include Ruth's mother, Mrs. Rogers, Dottie, Sidney, Eugene Henderson, and Joyce.

NOTE: there appear to be no letters from EMGasseaux during April 1945. Several letters from Gasseaux also include a note at the top, sometimes stamped, "Not for Publication," evidently written by him at the time.

Dates

  • 1943 May 16 - 1946 May 14

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth A. Adams was a reverend's daughters and classmates with several of the servicemen correspondents from Weir High School in Weirton, West Virginia. She was only 17 years old when she graduated after these correspondents were already in the service and she began attending Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee in the fall semester of 1944. Not much further information is known other than that which is contained in the letters.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (18 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains 351 correspondence written to Ruth A. Adams by soldiers and sailors during the Second World War, including various holiday cards. Most of the collection, 307 letters, were written by EM3/C Eugene A. "Gene" Gasseaux, USN (USS Jobb). There were ten other soldiers and sailors, as well as six civilian authors of postcards and letters.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by author, then chronology.

Series 1, Correspondence from Eugene A. Gasseaux

Series 2, Correspondence from various servicemen

Series 3, Correspondence from various authors

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruth Van Korlaar's collection, donated by Marleen Walker.
Title
Finding Aid for the Ruth A. Adams Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
3/2/2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States