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Ellen Zukunft McGrew Papers, 1942-1958

Manuscript Collection #723

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Access Restrictions

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


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Forrestal, James [Vincent] 1946

Subject Entries :

  • MUSIC--World War II--Navy
  • POETS AND POETRY--World War II
  • SOUTH CAROLINA--CHARLESTON--General Description and History
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Publications
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Women
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Women--Recruitment
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Health and Medicine--Mental Health
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Music
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Publications
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Reserves
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--WAVES
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Training--WAVES
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Women

Date Entries :

  • 1943-1949
  • 1950-1958

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

HOTELS, INNS & TAVERNS--Ft. Sumter Hotel
Description: Operations office
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/9

MCGREW, ELLEN ZUKUNFT
Description: Portrait
Call Number: p-723/87

RELIGION--Churches--St. Michaels
Description: Evelyn Spain and Ellen Zukunft outside church gates
Location: South Carolina--Chasin
Date: 1940s
Call Number: P-723/43

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Marriage
Description: Libba Huguely married a Polish nobleman
Location: South Carolina--Chasin
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/50

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Parties
Description: Three women sitting at a table
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/88

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Picnics
Description: Bert Davidson and son, Ned Heuslee and Ellen
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/72

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Picnics
Description: Dick Young, Charlie Sturz, Jay, and an Army Colonel from Ellen's office
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/79

SOUTH CAROLINA--Coastline
Description: Skyline
Location: South Carolina--Cleaon
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-723/10

U.S.--MILITARY
Description: Sam Wikhell and Ellen Zukunft
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/90

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Waves
Description: Personnel Department
Location: New York--Sampson
Date: 1945-1946
Call Number: p-723/89

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Waves--Personnel
Description: Personnel Dept. party
Location: New York--Sampson
Date: 1945-1946
Call Number: p-723/89

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Aftermath--Parades
Description: Halsey in parade car; Halsey, William Frederick
Location: New Jersey--Elizabeth
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-723/11

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront
Description: Skyline view
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/10

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront
Description: Libba Huguely of Atlanta married a Polish nobleman
Location: South Carolina--Chasin
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/50

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront--Parades
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/17

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Barracks
Description: Offices
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/4

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront--Operations
Description: Fort Sumpter Hotel and Operations Office
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/9

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront--Personnel
Description: Zukunft at apartment door
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/3

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront--Personnel
Description: Ellen and Catherine Zukunft entering building
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1944
Call Number: p-723/19

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront--News
Description: Military women in groups
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/12, 13

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Officer's Club
Location: South Carolina--Fort Moultrie
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/37

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Officers
Description: Wave officers at barracks on E. Bay St.
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/2

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Officers
Description: Group of officers in front of building
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/6

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Operations
Description: Capt. Greig--portrait
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/8

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: Capt. Greig, Head of Operations Greig, Stuart Osmond
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/8

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: Group of officers in front of building
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/6

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: Capt. Greig, Head of Operations; Greig, Stuart Osmond
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/8

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: Group of officers in front of building
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/6

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: McGrew in front of US 78 Alternate sign
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/1

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: Officers at barracks on E. Bay St.
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/2

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Personnel
Description: Sam Mitchell and Ellen Zukunft
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/90

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves
Description: Ellen and Catherine Zukunft
Location: South Carolina--Charleston
Date: 1944
Call Number: p-723/19

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves
Description: In dress whites, ready for inspection
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/12, 13

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves
Description: Zunkunft next to Alternate US 78 sign
Location: South Carolina
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/1

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves
Description: Checking lipstick at apartment door
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/3

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves
Description: McGrew portrait
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/87

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves
Description: Three women at table, Zukunft (1)
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/88

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Waves--Barracks
Description: Office barracks
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/4

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Parades
Description: Military parade and onlookers
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-723/17

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Parades
Description: Halsey in parade car
Location: New Jersey--Elizabeth
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-723/11

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