Preliminary Guide to the Frederick Rust Papers

Arrangement and description by D. Tambo
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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Preliminary Guide to the Frederick Rust Papers, ca. 1897, 1935-1946 [bulk dates 1941-1945]

Collection number: Mss 108

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
D. Tambo
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Frederick Rust Papers
Dates: ca. 1897, 1935-1946
Bulk: 1941-1945
Collection number: Mss 108
Creator: Rust, Frederick
Collection Size: 2 linear feet (5 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: The collection mainly contains WWII era correspondence between Frederick Rust, his wife Celia Adams Rust, and his mother Mariette Rust, as well as histories of units in the 18th Engineers, detailing their efforts to construct the Alaskan Highway under very difficult wartime and physical conditions, 1942-1943.
Physical location: Del Sur.
Languages: English

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, folder title, box number]. Frederick Rust Papers. Mss 108. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Undetermined.

Biography

Frederick [Fred] E. Rust was born in Michigan ca. 1906 and moved to California in 1918, settling in Los Angeles. During World War II he served with the 18th Engineers Regiment (Combat) and worked on the Alaskan Highway where, as regimental historian, he wrote the histories of the units of the Regiment during the time, April 1942 to January 1943, that they were constructing the highway. Rust married Celia Adams in December 1944 and, after the war, they moved to Santa Barbara. He died in Santa Barbara, July 1969.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection mainly contains WWII era correspondence between Frederick Rust, his wife Celia Adams Rust, and his mother Mariette Rust, as well as histories of units in the 18th Engineers, detailing their efforts to construct the Alaskan Highway under very difficult wartime and physical conditions, 1942-1943. Also included are general files which contain various Army and court documents, poems and short stories written by Rust, and a handful of black/white photographs, mostly of fellow soldiers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Rust, Frederick
World War, 1939-1945--Alaska.
World War, 1939-1945--Engineering and construction.
Alaska Highway.


Collection Contents

 

General – by year, includes Army documents, court documents

Box 1: 1

Inventory of household goods, 1897

Box 1: 2

1935

Box 1: 3-9

1939-1945

Box 1: 10

No Year

 

Alaskan Highway – mainly histories of units in the 18th Engineers, by Fred Rust and others, Apr. 1942-Jan. 1943

Box 1: 11

Band

Box 1: 12

Company A

Box 1: 13

Company B

Box 1: 14

Company C

Box 1: 15

Company D

Box 1: 16

Company E

Box 1: 17

Company F

Box 1: 18

Headquarters

Box 1: 19

“Proposed History of the 18th Engineers,” including section on Yukon Territory – typescript, Apr. 1942 – Jan. 1943

Box 1: 20

Yukon Territory map

Box 1: 21

Miscellany

 

Correspondence – to/from, mostly family (wife Celia and mother Mariette) and friends, arranged by year

Box 1: 22-25

1935–1940

Box 1: 26

1941

Box 2: 1-3

1941

Box 2: 4-7

1942

Box 2: 8

1943

Box 3: 1-3

1943

Box 3: 4-9

1944

Box 4: 1

1944

Box 4: 2

1944-1945

Box 4: 3-6

1945

Box 5: 1-2

1945

Box 5: 3

No year

 

Writings

Box 5: 4

Poems

 

Short Stories - mostly

Box 5: 5

“Divorced the Hard Way” – novella length, typescript, ca. 1946

Box 5: 6

“The Fourth Perfect Crime,” ca. 1946 or later

Box 5: 7

“Pattern for Murder” – short story, typescript, ca. 1940s

Box 5: 8

Untitled

Box 5: 9

Photographs - WWII era, black and white