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Guide to the Papers of Herbert J. Adickes
1943-1945, 1970 (Bulk 1943-1945)
 MS 672.1

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 19, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Herbert J. Adickes
Title: Adickes Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1943-1945, 1970 (Bulk 1943-1945)
Abstract: The Adickes Papers are a collection of approximately 300 letters from Herbert J. Adickes to his girlfriend, later his wife, Virginia Miller, from January 1943 to April 1945.
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 672.1

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Biographical Note

Herbert J. Adickes and Virginia Miller met when Miller was a member of the Jack Cole Dancers touring troupe, and they married in 1943. Adickes joined the Marine Corps, apparently in March of 1944. He was stationed stateside for the duration of the war, and his letters continue first from Parris Island, SC and later from Camp LeJeune, NC.

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Scope and Content Note

Adickes wrote to his wife Virginia almost daily, sometimes twice a day, about adjusting to military life, the weather, and how life in the South is different from New York. His letters express concern for his wife's health, and often mention how happy he will be when the war is over and they are reunited.

Adickes most often dated his letters with the day of the week, not the date of the month. Therefore the letters are arranged chronologically according to the date on the accompanying envelope. Undated letters without an accompanying envelope can be found in Box 3, folder 3.

There are several letters from friends arranged within the chronology, some V-mail and telegrams. The latest item in the collection is a letter from Herbert and Virginia's daughter, Merrill, dated May 1970, discussing her plans to marry in July of that year. Also included in the collection are greeting cards on the occasion of Herbert and Virginia's marriage and various holidays.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

The letters and cards are located in 3 boxes.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Adickes, Virginia

Document Type

  • Correspondence
  • Greeting cards
  • Telegrams
  • V-mail

Subject Organizations

  • Parris Island (S.C. : Recruit depot)
  • United States. Marine Corps-- Military life

Subject Topics

  • World War, 1939-1945-- Personal narratives, American

Subject Places

  • Camp Lejeune (N.C.)
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Southern States--Social life and customs--20th century


  • Soldiers

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Administrative Information


Donated by Edward Herpel, March 1997.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as The Adickes Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Correspondence and Greeting Cards

Scope and Contents note

Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Herbert J. Adickes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1943 Jan.-1943 Feb.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1943 Mar.-1943 Nov.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1944 Mar.-1944 Apr.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1944 May
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1944 June
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1944 July
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1944 Aug.
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1944 Sept.
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1944 Oct.
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1944 Nov.
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1944 Dec.
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1945 Mar.-1945 Apr.
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Correspondence
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Greeting Cards

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