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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

The Manuscript Index is arranged alphabetically by collection name.  To access a finding aid, please click on its name.

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Please keep in mind that many collections have not been inventoried while others are currently in progress.  If you have any questions regarding the Finding Aids or the Index, please contact the archivist at archivist@chemungvalleymuseum.org

Collection TitleCL 71 Cummings Correspondence CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:November 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Curtis and Marilyn Josey in 2009. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Love-letters; Waverly (N.Y.); World War, 1939-1945
Historical:Tom and Eleanor Cummings- Tom Cummings, son of William Cummings, was born in Waverly, New York.  His siblings include a brother, Dick, and two sisters, Marian and Evelyn.  In 1941, he moved to Elmira and married Eleanor Robinson.  During World War II, Tom served in the Army, primarily in the Pacific, while Dick was with the Air Corps in Italy and Marian served in the WAVES.  Eleanor worked at Bendix-Eclipse while her husband was away. 
Scope:The Cummings Correspondence Collection includes Cummings family letters written primarily between 1942 and 1945. 
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1938-1958
AbstractThis collection contains letters between Tom Cummings, his wife Eleanor and others during World War II.   


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(4) Love letters from Tom Cummings to Eleanor Robinson, November 30, 1938-October 28, 1940. Letters010101
Postcard from the Tioga County Draft Board to Tom Cummings regarding his physical exam, February 7, 1941. Postcard010102
(7) Letters and (1) birthday card from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, March 6-May 17, 1942. Letters010201
(11) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, June 7-August 26, 1942. Letters010301
(21) Letters Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, September 1-October 31, 1942. Letters010401
(5) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, November 1-15, 1942. Letters 010501
Card from St. James Church, Waverly, N.Y. to Pvt. Tom Cummings, November 18, 1942. Card010502
Letter from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings regarding her father's mugging, November 18, 1942. Letter010503
Letter from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, November 19, 1942. Letter010504
Letter from Dick Cummings to his sister-in-law Eleanor Cummings from training at Lowry Field, Colorado, November 23, 1942. Letter010505
Letter from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, November 29, 1942. Letter010506
Letter from Dick Cummings to his brother Tom Cummings from training at Lowry Field, Colorado, December 2, 1942.Letter010507
(2) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, December 2-6, 1942. Letters010508
Letter from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings regarding her up-and-coming visit to him at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, December 19, 1942. Letter010509
Letter from Tom Cummings to his mother from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, December 30, 1942. Letter010510
Letter from Tom Cummings to his brother Dick Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, late December 1942. Letter010511
Letter from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, January 19, 1942. Letter010601
(7) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training in Shreveport, Louisiana, January 28-February 20, 1943. Letters010602
Letter from Bob Glasgow to friend Tom Cummings from Ft. McClellan, Alabama, February 21, 1943. Letter010603
(6) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 10-18, 1943. Letters010604
Letter from Tom Cummings to his mother from training in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 28, 1943. Letter010605
(2) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 28-29, 1943. Letters010606
Notification of change of address for Pfc. Tom Cummings, April 3, 1943. Postcard010701
(15) Letters and (1) postcard from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from the desert training center near Los Angeles, California, April 14-July 27, 1943. Letters010702
(6) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from the desert training center near Los Angeles, California, August 16-September 18, 1943. Letters010801
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