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Guide to the Ralph Murray Havens papers MSS.0650

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-24T19:47-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Ralph Murray Havens papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0650

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.8 Linear feet

Dates:

1943-1946

Abstract:

Diaries, letters, and other papers related to Havens's service in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-1945.

creator

Havens, Ralph Murray, 1904-

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains diaries, letters, and other papers related to Havens's service in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-1945. The bulk of this collection consists of almost daily letters to his wife and sons while stationed in Europe, recounting his activities and observations on the people and places he had seen. The letters also contain insights into and comments on the European situation and Allied policy. Additional papers relate to his military service.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of R. M. Havens, 1995

Biographical/Historical note

Subsequent to graduation from Baker College, Havens taught high school. He returned to college, this time Duke University, graduating with a Ph.D. in economics in 1941. In 1943, he was working in Atlanta for the U.S. Government when he accepted a commission in the United States Army, European Civil Affairs Division. A 1st Lieutenant, Havens served as an economics specialist in the 2nd European Civil Affairs Regiment and the 1st Military Government Battalion, reestablishing local governments in captured areas. He served in France, Belgium, and Germany, first with the British Second Army and later with the U. S. First Army. In Germany he was at Stoelberg, Montabaur, and Heidelberg. One of Havens' assignments was reopening the University of Heidelberg. After the war, he served as a professor of economics at the University of Alabama from 1946 to 1970, as department chairman from 1957 to 1968.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Clark Center, 1996; updated, Donnelly Lancaster, 2006; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Preferred Citation:

Ralph Murray Havens papers, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Artifacts (aat)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Diaries (aat)

Education (localbroad)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

International relations (lcsh)

Maps (aat)

Military records (aat)

University of Alabama (localbroad)

War and Military (localbroad)

World War II (localbroad)

World War, 1939-1945 (lcsh)

DIARIES SERIES:

Scope and Contents note

The diaries begin with his entries during training, and are kept up by his wife after he leaves for active duty. She did so by copying excerpts from his letters and by pasting in V-mail letters.

Components in Detail

Diaries Box 4198 Folder 1

CORRESPONDENCE SERIES:

Scope and Contents note

This series is composed of Haven’s outgoing letters to his wife and sons. It consists of almost daily letters to his wife and sons recounting his activities and observations on the people and places he has seen. The letters also contain insights into and comments on the European situation and Allied policy. Note that for a complete record of Havens' outgoing correspondence, see both the diaries and correspondence.

Components in Detail

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 2

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 3

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 4

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 5

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 6

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 7

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 8

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 9

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 10

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 11

Correspondence Box 4198 Folder 12

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 1

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 2

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 3

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 4

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 5

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 6

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 7

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 8

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 9

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 10

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 11

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 12

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 13

Correspondence Box 4199 Folder 14

MILITARY PAPERS AND MISCELLANEOUS SERIES:

Scope and Contents note

Contains pay records, copies of papers relating to his work, maps, and related souvenirs.

Components in Detail

Pay Records Box 4199 Folder 15

"Important Army Receipts & Clearances" Box 4199 Folder 16

"Papers on Movement Back to States" Box 4199 Folder 17

Sub Accounts Box 4199 Folder 18

Miscellaneous Box 4199 Folder 19

Scope and Contents note

Includes orders, military correspondence, copies of newsletters and menus from USAT James Parker (The Briny Breeze) and S.S. Santa Barbara (Farewell to Arms), programs and flyers, a British shoulder patch, and Historical & Biographical Sketch of the Havens and Haven Family.

Maps Box 4199 Folder 20

Scope and Contents note

Heidelberg, 1939; Advance of 1st Army; map of parts of France and Germany; Europe - ECA Division; Operations of First U.S. Army in Europe

ID Bracelet Box 261