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Ellen Zukunft McGrew Papers, 1942-1958

Manuscript Collection #723

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Title: Ellen Zukunft McGrew Papers
Creator: McGrew, Ellen Zukunft
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1942-1958) including correspondence, photographs, military papers, orders and publications newspaper clippings, and miscellany.
Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet, 260 itmes, consisting of correspondence, photographs, military papers, orders and publications, newspaper clippings, and miscellany.

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Accessions Information

February 7, 1996, 260 items; Papers (1942-1958) of USNR (WAVES) officer, including correspondence, photographs, orders, certificates, instructions, publications, regulations, clippings, and miscellany. Gift of Mrs. Ellen Z. McGrew, Raleigh, NC.

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No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Ellen Zukunft McGrew Papers (#723), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Ellen Z. McGrew

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Ellen Zukunft McGrew (b. 1919) of Portland, ME, was an x-ray technician, completed three years of college, and joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service or more commonly, Women in the U.S. Navy), of the United States Naval Reserve (USNR) in 1942. McGrew's naval training took place in Cedar Falls, IA, and at the Bethesda, MD, Naval Hospital, (1942-1943). McGrew was commissioned as an ensign (1943), served with the 6th USNR District Headquarters in Charleston, SC, and the Naval Training Center in Sampson, NY, resigned her commission (1946), and remained in the Naval Reserves until 1957.

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Correspondence consists primarily of military orders, promotions, rules, regulations, and duty requirements. Also included is a list of officers attached to Charleston (1944) and a certificate of commendation from Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal (April 17, 1946). Miscellaneous personal items include certificates, awards, anecdotes, cartoons, drawings, post cards, poetry and prose concerning military service during World War II, a list of magazine articles on women in the Armed Forces (1951-1952), and notes from Ellen McGrew concerning her military career.

The collection also contains World War II and later military publications including Ahoy! (1944); Going Back To Civilian Life (1945); Armed Forces Talk (1948); It's A Big Decision (undated); WAVE Recruit Training (1952); and a WAVE songbook. These discuss news, entertainment, civilian readjustment, recruitment, and veteran's benefits.

Other materials include a report from Camp Pendelton, CA, "Psychiatric Experiences of the Eighth Air Force 7-4-42 to 7-43" that focuses on an officer's difficulties after the first bombing raids in World War II, his treatment, and prognosis. Newspaper clippings include information on Navy tug UMPQUA rescue operations(1944); effects the Atom bomb may have on Navy operations (1946); stigma attached to military desk jobs in wartime (undated); and miscellaneous. Many photographs complete the collection and most depict daily life and travel during World War II.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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