Guide to the Marilyn Meserve Collection, 1937-1943

Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and JenniferCox.

Collection number:     BLC-CR19
Title:     Marilyn Meserve Collection, 1937-1943
Dates:     1937-1943, bulk 1943
Extent:     .25 linear feet 17 letters

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains 17 letters and two V-mail (photograph of letters written by Armed Services personnel) dated between 1937 and 1943, addressed to Miss Marilyn Meserve. The correspondences are sent to a variety of locations including New Bedford, Waltham, and Newton, Massachusetts and Scarborough, Maine. The letters are from an Uncle Henry and Aunt Edith who live in Miami; a Pvt. Morris Meserve of the U.S. Army stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas; Pvt. Keith Meserve of the U.S. Army; Mark Spragg 2/C of the U.S. Navy stationed at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Chicago, Illinois; P.F.C. Joseph Regala stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Pvt. Edward Baker Jr. of the U.S. Marines stationed on Parris Island, South Carolina; Doliber Harlow of the Navy V-12 Unit stationed at the Eliot House in Harvard University; Gordon R. Mitchell of Subdivision 44; and an individual named Bill of Somerville, Massachusetts. Bill calls Miss Meserve his wife, sends her a kiss card (that she is supposed to kiss and send back to him), and within each of his letters displays affection. In one letter he addresses how Miss Meserve whistles at other soldiers and says it is fine as long as she is his. Almost all letters from these male soldiers display love and affection. Within the collection there is also an unsigned East greeting and a letter addressed Madam President signed Lincoln Watts. In the letter Mr. Watts states that he is the first commissioner of the Newtonville Methodist Church Young Peoples Society and he is resigning, suggesting that Earl Hanson take his place.


Arranged roughly chronologically.

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Randall J. Cushing Collection

Collection Contents


001        Aug. 17, 1937-Feb. 25, 1943
002        Mar. 28-Dec. 9, 1943
003        V-Mail and misc.