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Miller (Charles W.) Letters

(Mss. 4632)


Summary

Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions/Container List

Index terms

 

Summary

Dates: 1941-1942

Citation: Charles W. Miller Letters, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Hill Memorial Library, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles W. Miller, of Rochester, New York, joined the U.S. Army in April of 1941 and in May, 1941 was stationed at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, as part of the 69th Quartermaster Company, Refrigeration Division. At that time, Miller was engaged to Dorothy Agnes Northrup of Rochester. In October, 1941 the couple were married in Shreveport, Louisiana. Charles Miller's father was W.E. Miller; his sisters were Laura and Hazel. In the summer of 1941, Charles's mother died. Charles Miller was promoted from Private to Private First Class in January 1942, and later that year his company was transferred from Camp Claiborne to an unspecified destination, most likely overseas.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of letters from Charles W. Miller to his fiance and later wife, Dorothy A. Northrup. Also included are some postcards and miscellaneous manuscript and printed items. The majority of the materials date from May 1941 through May 1942 while Miller was stationed at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and Northrup was residing in Rochester, New York. Most of the materials pertain to the betrothal, marriage, and long distance relationship sustained by Miller and Northrup during this time. Many letters describe life on a U.S. Army post and in upstate New York during the early years of World War II. Several letters from friends and relatives of Miller and Northrup are included in the collection.

Series Descriptions/Container List

         Stack 
         Location  Box  Folders   Contents   
 
                   Series I.  Correspondence (1941-1942).
 
         7:64      1-2  Folders 1-1.    Includes approximately 
                   one hundred and fifty (150) letters written  
                   between May 1941 and May 1942 which pertain 
                   to the engagement and marriage of Mr. Miller 
                   and Miss Northrup.   The activities of Miller 
                   at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana are described as 
                   are the events of Northrup's life in New York 
                   at this time. 
 
 
         7:64      2    Folder 12      Includes one letter from 
                   Dorothy Northrup to Charles  Miller; one 
                   letter from Miller to his father, W.E. 
                   Miller; a letter from Johnny Friend, Miller's 
                   bunkmate, to Miss Northrup; and several 
                   letters exchanged between Miller and Northrup 
                   and their friends. 
 
 
                             Series II. Photographs (n.d.).
 
         7:64      2    Folder 13      Includes one photograph 
                   of Charles W. Miller and one of Miss Edna 
                   Gray.
 
 
                             Series III. Printed Items (n.d.).
 
         7:64      2    Folder 14 Contains newspaper clippings, 
                   postcards, valentines, and other ephemera 
                   which were included as part of Miller's  
                   correspondence with Dorothy Northrup.
 

Index terms

Betrothal.
Love letters.
Marriage.
Military posts -- Louisiana.
United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
United States. Army -- Military life.
United States. Army -- Supplies and stores.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Food supply.