Léontine M. Miller and Elisabeth Lapeyre collection, 1915-1999

Overview of the Collection

Miller, Léontine Marie, 1900-1995; Lapeyre, Elisabeth; University of Idaho
Léontine M. Miller and Elisabeth Lapeyre collection
1915-1999 (inclusive)
1 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 563
Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) research, correspondence, photos, publications, newspapers, and other papers from Léontine Marie (LaJalu) Miller and Elisabeth Lapeyre.
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
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

English, French

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Léontine Marie (Lejalu) Miller was born on April 17, 1900 to Jean M. Lejalu and Marie F. Lebonhomme in Trebrivan, Department des Côtes-d'Armor, Bretagne, France. Little is known about her childhood, or when she found her way to the United States. Eventually she found herself in Moscow,, Idaho after being hired by the University of Idaho during World War II. Within the university's Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), she taught the French language to the students of AST Unit 3926. The ASTP was designated by the US War Department in 1942 to train selected soldiers in linguistics and cultural and geographic knowledge of certain regions. Léontine's employment lasted only six months, from July 1943 to March 1944. She died on July 11, 1995 in Spokane, Washington.

Elisabeth Lapeyre was a foreign languages and literature professor at the University of Idaho. She taught French and was a staff member of the French House on campus. In 1996, Elisabeth began researching the ASTP at the University of Idaho and Unit 3926. Her research connected her with Colonel John Miller, son of Léontine. He gave Elisabeth various papers and photographs kept by Léontine, including ASTP member information. Elisabeth reached out to most of the members or their families. In fall of 1998, her research was compiled into an article called "The Army Specialized Training Program on the Palouse in World War II" which was published Idaho Yesterdays (journal).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the materials in this collection came from Léontine M. Miller's time teaching French in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at the University of Idaho. They include course materials, photographs, French magazines, and other related items. The rest of the collection consists of research files from Elisabeth Lapeyre.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Materials in this collection were stacked deteriorating cardboard boxes. The items were removed and placed in acid-free folders but were kept in the order they were stacked in.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated to Special Collections and Archives in 1999 by Elisabeth Lapeyre.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Léontine M. Miller papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Idaho Argonaut newspapers
1 2
1 3
War Ration Books
1 4
Notebooks (2)
1 5
Gee-Eyes Right: A Musical Comedy brochure
Production presented by ASUI. Jean Collette, Director.
1 6
Army Specialized Training Unit 3926, Commencement Exercises
25 March 1944
1 7
Postcards (blank)
1 8
Materials for War Course in French
1 9
Université de l'Idaho, AST - Cours de françias
Includes class roster.
1 10
1 11
Société Amicale et d'Aide Mutuelle des Artistes Musiciens de la Garde Républicaine de Paris
Front of the program contains notations in French and signatures.
1 12
1 13
Thrift Press Publications
"A Practical Vocabulary for French Conversation and Composition" and "Studies in French Idoms".
1 14
Personal Writings
1 15
pays et gens de France (magazines)
1 16
Copies of the spoken words on the trail of Maréchal Pétain of France
2 17
Numero Historique 6 Juin 1944 Ils Debarquent (magazine)
06 June 1964
2 18
Some images of the ASTP units at the University of Idaho.
2 19
ASTP Member Information (notecards)
2 20
Alternate Workbook to Accompany French Reviewed

Series II. Elisabeth Lapeyre papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 21
Correspondence - Article Reactions
Letters to Elisabeth Lapeyre about her article in Idaho Yesterdays, Fall 1998 issue.
2 22
Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) Research
2 23
Correspondence - Responses from ASTP Unit 3926 Members
2 24
Idaho Yesterdays Article, "The Army Specialized Training Program on the Palouse in World War II" by Elisabeth Lapeyre
Added to collection by Sara Szobody in 2023.
Fall 1998

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Army Specialized Training Program (U.S.)
  • French
  • Linguistics
  • University of Idaho
  • World War, 1939-1945

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • University of Idaho (fmo)