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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.

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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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(8) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, October 21-December 10, 1943. Letters010802
Letter from Tom Cummings to his Mother from training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, December 10, 1943. Letter010803
(3) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, December 11-17, 1943. Letters010804
Letter from Mrs. William J. Cummings to her son Tom Cummings regarding the news from Waverly, NY, December 17, 1943. Letter010805
(2) Letters and (2) Christmas cards from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, December 24-25, 1943. Letters010806
Letter from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, January 4, 1944. Letter010901
Letter from Mrs. L. Corles to friend Tom Cummings regarding life in Waverly, NY, January 15, 1944. Letter010902
Letter from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings regarding life in Elmira, January 19, 1944. Letter010903
(10) Letters and (1) Valentine's Day card from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from training at Camp Pickett, Virginia, January 19-March 7, 1944.Letters010904
(2) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from San Francisco, California, March 16-21, 1944. Letters010905
(4) V-Mail letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from combat in the Pacific, April 16-20, 1944. Letters010906
(21) letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from combat in the Pacific including Guam and the Philippines, May 14-December 28, 1944. Letters011001
Letter from Tom Cummings to his Mother from combat in the Pacific, December 1944. Letter011002
Letter from Dick Cummings to his Mother from combat in Italy, early 1945. Letter011101
Letter to Eleanor Cummings from her cousin Sarah regarding their grandmother, January 22, 1945. Letter011102
(6) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from combat in the Pacific, January 22-February 22, 1945. Letters011103
Letter from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings about life in Elmira, April 21, 1945. Letter011104
Letter from WAVE Marian Cummings to her brother Tom Cummings from where she is stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital, Sampson, NY, May 1, 1945. Letter011105
Letter from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings about the surrender of Germany, May 9, 1945. Letter011106
(2) Letters from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings and his mother regarding his being wounded on Okinawa, May 17, 1945. Letters011107
(2) Letters from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings regarding his wound, May 29-30, 1945.Letters011108
Letter from WAVE Marian Cummings to her brother Tom Cummings regarding his wounds and her life in the Navy, June 3, 1945. Letter011109
Letter from Dick Cummings to his brother Tom Cummings about trouble at home, July 5, 1945. Letter011110
Postcard informing Eleanor Cummings that her husband has been returned to duty, July 4, 1945. Postcard011111
(3) Letters from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings regarding life in Elmira, July 10-12, 1945. Letters011112
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