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Ruth E. Zencey Papers, 1941-1951 (Bulk: 1941-1945)
2 boxes (0.63 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0621 (LD 7096.6 1936 Mills)

Zencey, Ruth Estelle Mills, 1915- ; Secretary and stenographer. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1936. Papers consist of correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs. Primarily containing letters by and to her brother, Earl Mills, concerning his life in the army during World War II.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Ruth Estelle Mills was born on December 5, 1915 in Mount Vernon, New York, to Earl Harrison and Violet Louise Morrison. She had one brother, Earl Harrison Mills, Jr. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1932, and from Mount Holyoke College in 1936. In 1937 she began working as a secretary in New York City. She married Frank Shaw, Jr., and had a son, Frank, in 1944. In 1962 she began working for DuPont as a stenographer.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ruth Estelle Mills Zencey Papers contain correspondence, 1941-1951; memorabilia; and photographs. The correspondence consists of letters written to and from Earl Mills, Ruth's younger brother. He was in the army and stationed in a variety of locations throughout World War II. The letters describe the war overseas, and also life on the homefront. The memorabilia includes a World War II ration book, a post card, a drawing, a few programs from concerts, an Air Raid Warning Poster and a few newspaper clippings. The photographs are of Earl Mills.

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The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Mills, Earl.
  • Zencey, Ruth E. 1915-
  • United States. - Army.
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives, American.
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Transportation.
  • World War, 1939-1945 - War work - United States.

  • Mills, Earl

Genre terms
  • Letters

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