Elaine Anderson Mansius Papers, 1942-1951

Overview of the Collection

Elaine Anderson Mansius
Elaine Anderson Mansius Papers
1942-1951 (inclusive)
0.5 cubic feet.
Collection Number
MG366 (collection)
Letters to family and memorabilia of a University of Idaho student in the 1940s.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Elaine (Anderson) Mansius was born November 21, 1924, and lived in Preston, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho from 1942 to 1946. She first lived in Forney Hall, but was later transferred to the Beta Theta Phi house, known as Mary House. She met her husband, Charles A. Mansius of Buffalo, New York, when he was on campus as part of the ASTP program. They were married on her graduation day, June 3, 1946. Since it was difficult to obtain housing and to be admitted into universities after World War II, they lived with her parents in Preston for a year while Charlie taught school. Their first child, Charlene, was born in Preston in March 1947. In June they returned to Moscow and the University of Idaho where Charlie worked on his B.S. and M.S. degrees. A son, David, was born in May of 1951, and after graduation they moved to Richland, WA, where Charlie had a job on the Hanford Project.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Elaine (Anderson) Mansius consist of letters written to her parents detailing her experiences as a student at the University of Idaho from 1942 to 1946, and as a young wife and mother in Moscow while her husband attended college, 1947-1951. Also included are such college memorabilia as play programs, newspaper clippings, invitations, dance programs, and membership certificates. The final items are income tax returns for Charles and Elaine Mansius for the years 1949 and 1950.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Elaine Mansius sent her University of Idaho correspondence and memorabilia to Professor Peter Haggart of the School of Communications in January 1992; he transferred the material to the University Library in August 1993.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Correspondence
101 items
1/2 Correspondence
108 items
1/3 Memorabilia
43 items
1/4 Memorabilia
43 items
1/5 Income tax returns
3 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Students -- Idaho

Corporate Names

  • University of Idaho -- Students -- Social life and customs

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Mansius, Elaine Anderson, 1924- --Archives.