Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Harry Miller Papers, 1942-1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Harry Miller papers
Creator: Cline, Jane
Inclusive dates: 1942-1945
Bulk dates: 1944-1945
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
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.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2003. M-4304.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Harry Miller papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Harry Miller served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He began his military career as a private in the 60th Bomb Squadron and took a number of classes to increase his military knowledge. From November 1944-December 1945, he was stationed in India and in Kunming, China, with the 816th Chemical Company and the 305th Service Group in the 10th Air Force.


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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • China--Description and travel.
    • India--Description and travel.
    • United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 10th.
    • World War, 1939-1945--China.
    • World War, 1939-1945--India.
    • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Miller, Harry.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Harry Miller papers [series]:
    Box   1 Folders   1-7
      August 24, 1942-December 5, 1945, and  undated