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Ralph Samuel Jaffe collection, 1924-1945

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Series I: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS730/1 Clippings, 1945
1 folder
MS01: Clippings from the Providence (RI) Journal about the return of veteran's ship (SS Admiral Rodman); stories of POWs; end of the war; status of older Army enlistees and demobilization efforts.
BOX-FOLDER MSS730/2-9 Correspondence, 1944-1945
8 folders
MS02: Correspondence from Ralph Jaffe to Betty Jaffe. Topics covered include: expressions of his love for his wife and his eagerness to get home; advising his wife on business details and praising her for her work and success in business; daily details of basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; his rejection of the chance to go to officers school; training in telephone and communications; physical challenges and arthritic knees; work at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; weekend passes to Sanford and Fayetteville, North Carolina, San Francisco, California, and home to Newport, Rhode Island; efforts to get discharged because of his age; life aboard ship from San Francisco to the Philippines in July 1945; descriptions his surroundings in the Philippines; work as a mail clerk in Manila; washing clothes in the shower; mention of the new atomic bomb; Jewish holidays and religious services; work as a clerk in the Recovered Personnel Detachment in Manila; seeing General MacArthur and the arrival of Japanese peace envoys in August 1945; unhappiness with life in the Army.
BOX-FOLDER MSS731/1-7 Correspondence, 1944-1945
7 folders
MS02 (Continued)
BOX-FOLDER MSS732/1-7 Correspondence, 1944-1945
7 folders
MS02 (Continued)
BOX-FOLDER MSS733/1-7 Correspondence, 1944-1945
7 folders
MS03: Correspondence from Betty Jaffe to Ralph Jaffe, topics covered include: details of daily life for her and the children; activities at the store; her need for hard work while he is away; pep talks to Ralph and warnings not to drink, swear, or gamble; the death of President Roosevelt; request to Senator Theodore Greene that Jaffe not be sent overseas; their son’s bar mitzvah; radio coverage of the “new bomb” and the impending victory in Japan; and the end of the war, including a letter from August 14, 1945, which reports hearing the news over the radio and includes lipstick kisses. Other lipstick kisses adorn letters from June through August 1945.
BOX-FOLDER MSS734/1-7 Correspondence, 1944-1945
7 folders
MS03 (Continued)
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/1 Correspondence, 1944-1945
1 folder
MS04: Correspondence to Jaffe from his daughter, Rita.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/2 Correspondence, 1945
1 folder
MS04: Correspondence to Jaffe from his son, Stanley.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/3 Correspondence, 1944
1 folder
MS04: Correspondence to Jaffe from various friends and family members.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/4 Correspondence, 1924-1925
1 folder
MS05: Correspondence between Ralph and Betty prior to their marriage. Includes his invitation to her sweet 16 party and a letter from Ralph to Betty.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/5 Creative Works, undated
1 folder
MS06: Poem written by the veteran aboard ship.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/6 Diaries and journals, September 1945
1 folder
MS07: Journal written by veteran on board ship and directed to his wife, offering more candid details of his Army experiences and his feelings about them than he could express in letters viewed by censors.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/7 Maps, circa 1945
1 folder
MS08: Map of San Francisco, printed by Clinton Cafeterias, originally housed with 06/18/1945 letter to Betty Jaffe (MS02).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/8 Military Papers, 1945
1 folder
MS09: Enlisted Man's Temporary Pass (06/1945); Domain of the Golden Dragon card (1945). Pass originally housed with correspondence (MS02), 06/08/1945. Domain of the Golden Dragon card originally housed with correspondence (MS02) 07/21-22/1945.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/9 Printed Matter, circa 1945
1 folder
MS10: Ten Centavo notes, issued by the Japanese government.
Series II: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/10 Original photographic print, 1944-1945
1 folder
PH01-PH22: Images of Ralph Jaffe in uniform, pictures of his wife, Betty, including one inscribed to "my Dream Man," and pictures of his son, Stanley, and daughter, Rita.
Series III: Artifacts
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/11 Artifact, undated
1 folder
AR01: Combination Score Book for US Rifles M1903 and MI and Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ227/1 Artifact, June 7, 1945
1 folder
AR02: Handkerchief stained with Betty Jaffe's lipstick.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/12 Artifact, undated
1 folder
AR03: Assorted notes, receipts and lists.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2542/13 Artifact, 1924-1945
1 folder
AR04: Pressed flowers included in 07/23-24/1945 correspondence (MS03) and 12/02/1924 correspondence (MS05).

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