Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Milton Schneider Letters, 1943-1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2012

Summary Information
Title: Milton Schneider letters
Creator: Tarlow, Miriam
Inclusive dates: 1943-1945
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection is made up of over 100 letters that Corporal Milton Schneider wrote to his girlfriend, Miriam Tarlow of Brooklyn, New York, while serving in the United States Army during World War II. He wrote about their relationship and about his experiences in Hawaii and Saipan.

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:

2004. M-4409.5.

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:

Milton Schneider letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

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


Biography

Milton Schneider was drafted into the United States Army before mid-1943, and served with the 103rd Ordnance Company in Hawaii and Saipan during World War II. His girlfriend, Miriam Tarlow, lived in Brooklyn, New York, during the war.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of over 100 letters that Corporal Milton Schneider wrote to his girlfriend, Miriam Tarlow of Brooklyn, New York, while serving in the United States Army during World War II. He wrote about their relationship and about his experiences in Hawaii and Saipan.

Schneider's letters, dated October 27, 1943-June 3, 1945, cover his time in Hawaii (October 1943-July 1944) and Saipan (July 1944-June 1945) as a member of the 103rd Ordnance Company. He wrote about his love for Tarlow and anticipated their possible marriage after his return to the United States. While in Hawaii, he noted the monotony of military life but mentioned his leisure activities, such as attending football games. He also responded to Tarlow's news of her life in Brooklyn. After Schneider's arrival on Saipan, he complained about the living conditions and shared anecdotes about some of his experiences, such as a tent-mate's capture of a Japanese soldier. One V-mail message from Schneider to Tarlow is a hand-drawn Rosh Hashanah greeting, with some text in Hebrew (September 1944). Particularly after Schneider’s deployment to Saipan, many of the envelopes contain multiple letters, and occasionally Schneider made other enclosures, such as a blank Japanese postcard and a newspaper clipping on the "Hillercopter" in two letter bundles from September 1944. Miriam Tarlow also received V-mail messages from Orlando Coppola of the 75th Engineer Light Pontoon Company (March 5, 1944) and military chaplain Joseph H. Lief. Other items are a telegram from Schneider (September 30, 1943) and Miriam's membership card for the Union Health Center.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Hawaii--Description and travel.
    • Jewish soldiers.
    • Saipan--Description and travel.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army. Ordnance Company, 103rd.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Hawaii.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Area.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Moses (Biblical leader)
    Contributors:
    • Schneider, Milton.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Membership cards.
    • Telegrams.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Correspondence [series]:
    Box   1 Folders   1-19
      October 27, 1943-August 29, 1944
    Box   2 Folders   1-7
      September 4, 1944-June 3, 1945, and  Undated
     
    Ephemera [series]:
    Box   2 Folder   7
     Undated