TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Correspondence 1941-1948, undated

Series 2. Wesleyan Service Guild 1942-1947, undated

Series 3. Personal papers circa 1927-1964

Series 4. Publications 1945-circa 1964

Series 5. Photographs 1942-1947, undated

Series 6. Artifacts 1944-1945

Series 7. Restricted 1941-1963, undated


RG 069:158, Ruth Baker Stephan Collection of WWII Letters

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Sean Parke.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Stephan, Ruth Baker
Title: Ruth Baker Stephan Collection of World War II letters
Dates: 1927-1964
Dates: bulk 1941-1947
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Abstract: The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Ruth Baker Stephan and military service members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Hartford during World War II. Photographs, publications, and Stephan’s personal papers are also included.
Identification: RG069_158
Accession: 2011-084
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Mary E. Baker gave birth to Ruth Edgerton Baker on March 3, 1917. Ruth E. Baker grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Park Street in Hartford, Connecticut. Ruth Baker married John Edmund Stephan on October 9, 1943. During World War II, she wrote monthly newsletters from the Wesleyan Service Guild to military service members of her church. She worked at Highland Dairy, the Life Insurance Research Bureau, and the accident department of Travelers Insurance.

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Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and photographs received by Ruth Baker Stephan from military service members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Hartford during World War II. The collection also contains monthly newsletters that Stephan wrote as a part of the Wesleyan Service Guild of St. Paul's Church. The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Series 1. Correspondence, 1941-1948, undated, consists of all of the correspondence sent to Stephan from members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church during and after the war. There are also approximately 40 returned letters that were sent by Stephan and a folder of empty envelopes. In the correspondence the church members describe life in the military, talk about hometown news, and respond to questions and/or requests from Stephan's newsletters. All correspondence within the U.S. military was first approved by censors, as a result many of the war-time letters lack specifics that can be found in later post-war correspondence.

Series 2. Wesleyan Service Guild, 1941-1947, contains all of the copies of Stephan's newsletters; address cards and notes; St. Paul's Methodist Honor Roll list; and a St. Paul's Church bulletin.

Series 3. Personal Papers, circa 1927-1943, consists of Stephan's fifth grade history report of West Hartford, Stephan's 1941 salary receipts, an invitation to an insurance company anniversary dinner, and a copy of a newspaper article covering Stephan's wedding.

Series 4. Publications, 1945-circa 1964, undated, contains several newspaper clippings regarding members of St. Paul's Church. In addition, the series includes copies of The Hartford Courant.

Series 5. Photographs, 1942-1947, undated, includes photographs of service members of St. Paul's Methodist Church, as well as places they visited abroad.

Series 6. Artifacts, 1944-1945, one handkerchief found in a Christmas card from Stephan and duplicates of poem cards.

Series 7. Restricted, 1941-1963, undated, contains newspapers and clippings that are restricted due to condition.

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Arrangement

Arranged in seven series:

Series 1. Correspondence, 1941 - 1948, undated, arranged chronologically with undated folders at the end of the series.

Series 2. Wesleyan Service Guild, 1941 - 1947, arranged chronologically.

Series 3. Personal Papers, circa 1927 - 1943, arranged chronologically.

Series 4. Publications, 1945-circa 1964, undated, arranged chronologically.

Series 5. Photographs, 1942-1947, undated, is further arranged into the following subseries: People and Scenes. The people are arranged alphabetically by last name with unidentified people at the end.

Series 6. Artifacts, 1944-1945, arranged chronologically.

Series 7. Restricted, 1941-1963, arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Series 7. Restricted, 1941-1963, undated, is restricted due to condition. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Stephan, Ruth Baker (local)

Places:

Hartford (Conn.)
West Hartford (Conn.)

Subjects:

Connecticut -- History
Methodist Church
Methodist Church -- Connecticut -- Hartford
Protestants -- Connecticut
Women in the Methodist Church
World War, 1939-1945

Document Types:

Church bulletins
Clippings
Newsletters
Newspapers
Notes
Personal correspondence
Photographs

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Ruth Baker Stephan Collection of WWII letters was donated by Airline M. Stephan to the Connecticut State Library in December, 2010.

Processing Information

Sean Parke processed the collection in September-November, 2012 (Allen Ramsey supervised).

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Container List

Series 1. Correspondence, 1941-1948, undated
Box Folder
Correspondence, 1941-1943 1 1-18
Correspondence, 1943-1944 2 1-13
Correspondence, 1944 3 1-16
Correspondence, 1945 4 1-15
Correspondence, 1946-1948, undated 5 1-4
Empty envelopes, 1943-1944, undated 5
Series 2. Wesleyan Service Guild, 1942-1947, undated
Box Folder
Address cards, 1943-1945, undated 5 6
Address notes, undated 7
Newsletters, 1942-1947 8-13
St. Paul's Church bulletin, 1944 February 6 14
St. Paul's honor roll, 1943 May 12 15
Series 3. Personal papers, circa 1927-1964
Box Folder
Personal papers, circa 1927-1943 5 16
Series 4. Publications, 1945-circa 1964
Box Folder
Clippings, 1946, undated 5 17
Publications, 1945-circa 1964 18
Series 5. Photographs, 1942-1947, undated
Box Envelope
People
Bacon, William, undated 6 1
Bartlett, William Francis, undated 2
Berriman, Thomas Henry, undated 3
Chisholm, Robert, undated 4
Dammiller, George, undated 5
Evans, Albert G., undated 6
Field, Kenneth, 1944 7
Hilson, Fred, undated 8
Laporte, Chester, 1944 9
M[ ], Herb, undated 10
MacD., D. Ellis, undated 11
Five untitled photographs - Margaret, 1942 12
McAllister, Don, 1944 13
McAllister, Sue, undated 14
McAllister, Sue, 1943 15
Cedar Falls, Iowa - McAllister, Sue, 1943 August 8 16
[Mc]Kinney, undated 17
Roberts, A.W., undated 18
Meno Park [et al] - Saxton, Bill, 1947 19
(Mother and I) - Schroeder, Catherine, 1942 July 5 20
Silvay, undated 21
Smith, Lloyd Orin, undated 22
Whiteley, [Don], undated 23
Wickham, Ray, undated 24
Ziegler, Melvin P., undated 25
Two out-of-focus photographs with re-take slip, undated 26
Unidentified men, undated 27-55
Unidentified woman - "St. Augustine", 1943 March 56
Unidentified woman, undated 57
McAllister, Sue, undated 63
Roberts, Amy, undated 64
Scenes
The Ernie Pyle Building, 1947 January 20 6 58
The San Shin Building, 1947 January 20 59
WAVE Quarters "G" - Florida Hall, 1944 60
Three untitled photographs of "Natives" - Saxton, Bill, 1943 61
View from plane, undated 62
Series 6. Artifacts, 1944-1945
Box Folder
Artifacts, 1944-1945 5 19
Series 7. Restricted, 1941-1963, undated
Box Folder
Clippings, 1946, undated 7 1
Military Base Newspapers, 1943-1945 2
Newspapers, 1941-1954 3
Newspapers, 1958-1963 4