This series consists primarily of letters between Marie Manning and her son, Oliver Gasch during his World War II military service, and from Olivia Torrence to Marie Manning. Letters to Oliver Gasch from Michael Gasch (1944-45) were written by Marie Manning in Michael Gasch's voice when he was an infant and his father, Oliver Gasch, was overseas during World War II. There is also limited correspondence from Eleanor Roosevelt to Manning. Unless otherwise noted, all letters to Manning were sent to her at home at 1753 P Street NW, Washington, DC. Some correspondence pertaining to the "Dear Beatrice Fairfax" column is filed in SERIES III: WRITINGS because it is relevant to drafts of replies that were later published.
The following nicknames appear in the personal correspondence:
"Benjy" = Marie Manning in family letters
"The Admiral" = Herman Gasch
"Bozo," "Old Reliable," "Major" = Oliver Gasch
"Sylvery" = Sylvia Meier Gasch, Oliver Gasch's wife
"Old Garriffler" = Manning Gasch
"Bobb" or "Ming" = Manning Gasch, Jr.
"Dinky" = Olivia Torrence's nickname for Marie Manning
"Hinky" = Olivia Torrence