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Correspondence of World War II servicemen from Branford College, Yale University, and the manuscript of by Polly S. Buck

Call Number: RU 812

Scope and Contents

The World War II letters were given to the Archives by Polly Stone Buck, who as the wife of Dean Buck, Master of Branford College, corresponded during the world war with servicemen from Branford College. A few years later she wrote the book We Minded the Store documenting the war years at Branford College and the war experiences of Branford men.

The materials have been processed both chronologically and alphabetically. Series I includes general correspondence, chronologically filed to retain the sequence of events of war, from servicemen who wrote once or twice a year. Series II includes the chronological correspondence of William Ruff. This exception was made because these letters were sent to several different people and give insight into one man's frustration with the service. An explanation of who the recipients were appears in the permission to publish folder for William Ruff.

Series III includes permission to publish correspondence and is alphabetically arranged. It contains typed quotes from the men's letters, for which many times Mrs. Buck asks for more thorough explanations, and of course there are the updates of the intervening twenty five years. Access to each individual's wartime letters is possible as the dates of these appear on the front of his permission to publish letter.

A draft of We Minded the Store comprises Series IV.

Photographs which came to the Archives with these materials have been placed in the Yale Picture Collection, YRG 48-A-1.


  • 1942-1975


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.


The materials are arranged in four series: I. General Correspondence, 1943-1946. II. William Ruff Correspondence, 1942-1946. III. Permission to Publish Correspondence, 1969-1975. IV. Manuscript Draft of We Minded the Store.


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The materials include the letters of World War II servicemen from Branford College (Yale) to Polly S. Buck, who was wife of the master; letters to various recipients from John William Ruff (Yale 1927), who was a Professor of English at Yale and a fellow of Branford College before the war; and permission to publish correspondence. Also included is a manuscript of Buck's book, We Minded the Store.

Biographical / Historical

Polly S. Buck was the wife of the Branford College master, Norman Sydney Buck. During World War II she corresponded with servicemen from her college. Her book, We Minded the Store (1975), documents the war years at Yale and the war experiences of men of Branford College.

General note

Forms part of Yale Record Group 42-C (YRG 42-C), Materials documenting military and wartime experiences of members of the Yale community.

World War II Servicemen from Branford College, Yale University, Corespondence, and Manuscript of "We Minded the Store" by Polly S. Buck
Under Revision
compiled by staff of Manuscripts and Archives
September 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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