Harry Miller papers  1942-1945 (bulk 1944-1945)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Harry Miller papers consist of letters that Miller wrote to Jane Cline, a friend, while serving in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

Miller wrote 4 letters while stationed at bases in the United States between August 24, 1942, and [October 1, 1944], in which he primarily discussed his leisure activities and his ambitions to become an officer. He attended classes and often joked that he was following Jane's lead in returning to school. The remaining correspondence is from Miller's service in India and China between November 1944 and December 1945. His growing romantic affection for Jane, whom he frequently addressed as "Darling" or "Dearest," is evident, and he expressed his hope that she might reciprocate his feelings one day. His letter of April 29, 1945, contains a discussion about possible Allied treatment of Germany and Japan after a presumed Allied victory. Miller continued to write until the end of 1945, detailing his adventures both on and off base in East Asia. Of particular interest is his lengthy reminiscence of a trip he took with a friend to explore a Buddhist temple outside of Kunming, China (September 5, [1945]). By December 1945, he anticipated his return to the United States and his continuing romantic pursuit of Jane.

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