MS-082: Capt. Russell Miller and Claudia Lewis Miller Correspondence, 1916-1919

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MS-082:  Capt. Russell Miller and Claudia Lewis Miller Correspondence, 1916-1919 

(6 boxes, 1.62 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1916-1919

Processed by Amy Sanderson, ‘07

October 2006

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Russell Miller and Claudia Lewis both attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and there began their courtship. After graduating in 1916/7, Russell participated in an R.O.T.C. training camp in San Francisco, California, and was later stationed as a 2nd Lieutenant serving in the 347th Machine Gun Battalion, Co A, 91st Division at Camp Lewis on American Lake outside of Tacoma, Washington.  Claudia continued to live with her parents in Wenatchee, Washington and worked as a stenographer.  Russell and Claudia were married in April of 1918, approximately two months prior to Russell being deployed to serve in Europe.  Russell Miller returned safely from his service and it can be inferred from a few letters in the collection that the Millers had at least two sons, both of whom serve in the military in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Scope and Content

297 letters written more or less daily between Russell Miller and Claudia Miller from Washington in 1916-1919.  Almost all letters are attached to their original envelopes with stamps.

Series Description

The collection is divided into nine series.  Series I: Breaks from Whitman College; Series II: Summer at R.O.T.C. Training camp; Series III: Camp Lewis; Series IV: After Marriage; Series V: Russel Miller in Action; Series VI: Russel Miller Correspondence; Series VII: Claudia Lewis Miller Correspondence; Series VIII: Undated Correspondence; Series IX: Miscellaneous.

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