Ellen Zukunft McGrew Papers, 1942-1958

Manuscript Collection #723

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Ellen Zukunft McGrew Papers
    Creator: McGrew, Ellen Zukunft
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: 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.
  • Description

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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.

  • Administrative Information
    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Ellen Z. McGrew

    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.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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