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John F. Milos Letters, 1942: Finding Aid

Published in August 2013

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
    https://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/index.php
  • Call number: MS 362
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: John F. Milos Letters
  • Dates: 1942
  • Size: 1.75 linear inches (4 folders)
  • Creator: Milos, John F.
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: John F. Milos was a member of the United States Naval Reserve and a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. The John F. Milos Letters span the period of May 1942 through December 1942 and were written by Milos to his fiancée, Susan M. Mader of New York City while Milos was a LTJG, United States Naval Reserve, newly assigned to the United States Naval Academy.

Biography of John F. Milos

John F. Milos was born in 1910 and held a B.A. degree. He earned an M.A. from Columbia University. Prior to his work at the United States Naval Academy, Milos was a teacher of mathematics at Memorial High School, Pelham Manor, New York and was President of the Westchester County Teachers Association. During the Second World War, Milos became a member of the naval volunteer reserve (special service). He reached the reserve rank of commander in 1954, retiring in 1968.

In 1942, as a LTJG, United States Naval Reserve, John Milos was assigned to teach mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. Milos would remain with the Department of Mathematics, until approximately 1972. After the Second World War, Milos served the Naval Academy as a civilian instructor, rising from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

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Description of Contents

The John F. Milos Letters span the period of May 1942 through December 1942 and were written by Milos to his fiancée, Susan M. Mader of New York City. Milos was a LTJG, United States Naval Reserve, newly assigned to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, to teach mathematics. The letter contents are mainly personal in nature, but also contain some observations on the U.S. Naval Academy and on its Mathematics Department. The correspondence includes a remarks on the Academy’s Officers Club since Milos was housed at the Club, as well as comments on the nature of the midshipmen, the Chapel, workload, and life at the Academy.

In addition to the letters written by Milos, there is a small amount of correspondence by others and news clippings enclosed with the letters. The collection includes one photograph of Milos as a child and four copies of a photograph of him as an adult.

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Arrangement

The John F. Milos Letters are organized into the following four files:

  • File 1: Correspondence, 1942 May 24-November 8
  • File 2: Correspondence, 1942 November 10-23
  • File 3: Correspondence, 1942 November 24-December 25
  • File 4: Photographs, circa 1942, undated
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Access and Use

Access

Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The John F. Milos Letters are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Gift of Professor John F. Milos in September 1999. Accession No. 99-84.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

There are no other known collections of papers of John F. Milos.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

John F. Milos Letters, MS 362

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003 and edited by David D'Onofrio in August 2013.

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Subject Headings

These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.

Name and Subject Terms

  • Milos, John F.
  • United States Naval Academy -- Faculty
  • United States Naval Academy -- Social life and customs
  • United States. Naval Reserve -- Officers
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- United States

Genre Terms

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Faculty papers
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1942 May 24-November 8

Includes comments on Milos' assignment to teach mathematics, the USNA Officers' Club (including bowling in the basement), the Chapel, teaching loads, officer escort duty, and Academy life in general. Also included is a notice from the Naval Academy Primary School.

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1942 November 10-23

Includes comments on officer escort duty, indoctrination school, reactions to Navy victories in the Solomon Islands, and teaching at the Academy. Also included are newspaper clippings announcing Milos' appointment at the Academy.

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1942 November 24-December 25

Includes comments on a local ferry running aground, recreational activities, receptions, teaching loads, and Milos' impending wedding. Also included is a newspaper clipping on the Victory Book Campaign.

Box 1 Folder 4

Photographs, circa 1942, undated

Portraits of Milos as a child and as an adult.

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