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E. Gene Shumway family papers

Identifier: MSS 8874

Scope and Contents

Contains papers relating to the life and military service of Marjorie, Don L., and E. Gene Shumway during World War II, collected by E. Gene Shumway. Especially well documented is the the Women's Army Corps service and life of Marjorie Shumway. Included are many of her scrapbooks and photographs. Includes several letters sent between Marjorie, Don, and E. Gene and their family. Includes some phonograph records created by Don L. Included too are books and technical manuals of E. Gene, and several military artifacts, such as a pilot's helmet. Also contains materials from the sociology career of E. Gene, including his dissertation, university papers, and retirement speeches. Dated 1928 to 2006.


  • 1928-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

E. Gene Shumway (1925- ) was born in Arizona on August 17, 1925, to Elijah G. Shumway and Sarah Elizabeth Willis. He joined the U.S. Navy and trained as a pilot during World War II. After the war he studied sociology at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and went on to work as a social worker and later a university professor. He married Carolyn Blair Shumway on August 18, 1950, and after her death married Argie Shumway. He is the brother of Marjorie and Don L. Shumway.

Biographical / Historical

Don L. Shumway was born in Mesa, Arizona, on October 12, 1920, to Elijah Gill Shumway and Sarah Elizabeth Willis. He attended one year of college and served as a clergyman before enlisting. He was deployed in Germany as a private in the U.S. Army when he was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg on December 12, 1944. He was buried in the U.S. military cemetery in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

Biographical / Historical

Marjorie Shumway was born on August 5, 1916 in Mesa, Arizona, to Elijah Gill Shumway and Sarah Elizabeth Willis. After graduation she worked for the government as a stenographer, and joined the U.S. Army Women's Army Corp during World War II. She worked in London, Paris, and Nuremburg, and finished her service as a court transcriber at the War Crimes Trials. She achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant. After the war she lived and worked in Los Angeles for many years. Marjorie passed away at 89 year old on July 8, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona, and was buried with full military honors in Phoenix.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

4 oversize boxes (2.8 linear ft.)

3 folders (0.03 linear ft.)

4 oversize folders (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Don L. Shumway papers, 1928-1965. 2. Marjorie Shumway papers, 1936-2006. 3. E. Gene Shumway papers, approximately 1940-2006.

Custodial History

Donated by E. Gene Shumway, brother to Marjorie and Don L. Shumway, in 2016.

Addendum donated by E. Gene Shumway in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; E. Gene Shumway; June 2016.

Donated; E. Gene Shumway; November 2018.


Oral histories and written documents from World War I forward (Veterans History Collection Development Policy).

Processing Information

Processed; Carol Allred, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2016.

Processing Information

Processed; Andy VanDomelen, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; July 2023.

  • 1 folder of licenses, certificates, grade reports, and other personal documents; 2 theses
E. Gene Shumway family papers
Carol Allred
2016 August 17
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States