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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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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings from Saipan, October 11, 1945. Letter011303
(2) Letters from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings about his homecoming, October 12-23, 1945.Letters011304
Letter from Tom Cummings to his wife Eleanor Cummings regarding his up-coming return from Saipan, October 25, 1945. Letter011305
Letter from Eleanor Cummings to her husband Tom Cummings regarding preperation for his homecomming, October 26, 1945. Letter011306
Postcard of the Soldiers & Sailors' Memorial, Trenton, from Eleanor Cummings to Nellie Schanbocher regarding her husband's discharge, November 27, 1945. Postcard011307
3-Day Guest Identification for Eleanor Cummigns at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, December 19, 1942.Document011401
Thanksgiving card, ca. 1940s; Christmas Card, 1946; anniversary card, 1947; Valentine's Day card, 1947; and condolence card, 1947. Greeting Cards011402
Letter from Robert Baines to Dilworth Faber regarding the occupation of Japan, June 4, 1948. Letter011403
Letter from Gary Prianna to Tom Cummings about their stay at the Bath VA Hospital, February 10, 1958. Letter011404
Real Silk Hosiery Mills repair kits, ca. 1940s. Novelty011405
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