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Collection Number: 04812

Collection Title: Ruth Butner Mock Papers, 1943-1946

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract Letters received by Ruth Butner, later Ruth Butner Mock, of Bethania, N.C., between 1943 and 1946, almost all of which are from Fred Mock, her boyfriend. Some letters discuss Butner's work, but most describe Mock's experiences in the army, first in basic training at Camp Browder, Mo., then at Vint Hill Farm Station in Warrenton, Va., where he was a student and then a teacher of electronics technology for military intelligence. Mock's letters report on his daily life at the base; the movies he saw; visits with friends; and trips into Warrenton, Va., and Washington, D.C. Mainly, however, he wrote about his love for Butner and his uncertainly about her love for him. Also included are several letters Butner received from Mock's chief romantic rival, Lee Weilbacher, also in the army. A March 1944 letter from Weilbacher has many lines crossed out in pencil. One entire letter and part of another from Mock have been ripped up, but remain in their envelopes. In early February 1945, Butner married Mock. She then received letters as Mrs. Ruth Mock.
Creator Mock, Ruth Butner.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Ruth Butner Mock papers #4812, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, Dealer in Rare Manuscripts and Archives, of Watchung, N.J., in April 1996 (Acc.96069).
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Letters received by Ruth Butner, later Ruth Butner Mock, of Bethania, N.C., between 1943 and 1946, almost all of which are from Fred Mock, her boyfriend. Some letters discuss Butner's work, but most describe Mock's experiences in the army, first in basic training at Camp Browder, Mo., then at Vint Hill Farm Station in Warrenton, Va., where he was a student and then a teacher of electronics technology for military intelligence. Mock's letters report on his daily life at the base; the movies he saw; visits with friends; and trips into Warrenton, Va., and Washington, D.C. Mainly, however, he wrote about his love for Butner and his uncertainly about her love for him. Also included are several letters Butner received from Mock's chief romantic rival, Lee Weilbacher, also in the army. A March 1944 letter from Weilbacher has many lines crossed out in pencil. One entire letter and part of another from Mock have been ripped up, but remain in their envelopes. In early February 1945, Butner married Mock. She then received letters as Mrs. Ruth Mock.

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Processed by: Meg Phillips, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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