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Mildred English letters

Identifier: MS0625

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains letters in envelopes, postcards, and pictures during a period of time from 1939 to 1945 (and 2 from 1995). They are addressed to Mildred primarily from family and friends in Monroe and Albemarle, North Carolina. During this period, Mildred was away at school in Richmond. The majority of the correspondence was from the years of American involvement in the Second World War. Some of the letters discuss rationing, the high cost of goods, and the scarcity of some items in Charlotte and Monroe. Mildred’s mother, Helen, often had Mildred purchase goods (mostly clothing) in Richmond as she could find more at a better price. There are a couple of letters which reference the closing of Camp Sutton, a training camp for the US Army Corps of Engineers located in Monroe from 1942-1945, but there is not much detail. There is also a letter which mentions Mildred’s father, Dewey, getting a job as a cook at “the camp,” but the name of the camp is not mentioned.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1939 - 1946

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mildred English letters are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Mildred Elizabeth “Mille” English was born on May 31, 1925 in Union County, North Carolina to Dewey Lee English (1898-1959) and Helen Browder English (1903-1996). She had one sibling, a brother Dewey English Jr. (1929-1988). Mildred graduated from Monroe High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business at Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary and earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel at Syracuse University. Mildred was the first full-time administrator at Charlotte College (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) having been recruited by the college’s founder, Bonnie Cone. During her time at UNCC, Mildred served as the Business Manager, Bookstore Manager, Foreign Student Advisor, Placement Officer and Cheerleading Advisor, retiring in 1989 as Director of Placement Services. In addition to her career at UNC Charlotte, Mildred was a 50-year member of Altrusa International Club of Charlotte, as well as a longtime member of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. She was selected as one of Charlotte's 10 Outstanding Career Women in 1973 and received the Alumni of Choice award at UNC Charlotte in 2005. She passed away in Monroe, North Carolina on August 23, 2019.


.4 Linear Feet (1 legal document case)

Language of Materials



Letters written to Mildred English from 1939-1946, with a couple of postcards from the 1990s.


The collection is arranged chronologically into a single folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Dawn Funk of the Mint Hill Historical Society in 2022.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2022 by Andrew Pack.

Mildred English letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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