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Eleanor Must Oral History (SC-327)

Identifier: SC-327

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a single oral history with Eleanor (Hambury) Must, primarily about growing up a German Jew, in Nazi Germany, prior to World War II, and the trials and tribulations she and her family faced not only in getting out of Germany, but also Europe; and also her immigration to the United States and how her early life took shape here. The oral history was conducted on May 15, 2015, by archivist Gino Pasi.


  • Creation: 2015


Conditions Governing Access

All electronic records listed in this finding aid are processed and available; however, because this collection is entirely electronic, researchers are requested to provide two days advance notice when requesting this collection. Call (937) 775-2092 or e-mail

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Eleanor Hambury Must was born Leonore Anna Freida Hamburger on May 22, 1931, in Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of Fritz and Elisabeth (Plaut) Hamburger. Eleanor’s mother died in 1934. Eleanor’s family was Jewish, and in response to rising anti-Semitism in Germany, they emigrated to Italy, then later Cuba and ultimately the United States. Upon immigration to the U.S.A. in 1940, Eleanor’s father anglicized their names to Fred and Eleanor Hambury.

Eleanor attended Ohio State University, where she studied occupational therapy. There, she met Ray Must, whom she married in November 1953. Ray was an artist and founding faculty member in the Art Department at Wright State University, teaching there from 1967 to 1991. Eleanor taught young children at Dayton Public Schools, as well as being an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Wright State University. They had three children: Rachel, Miriam, and David.


14.7 Gigabytes (sc327_e0001 and sc327_e0002)

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The collection is arranged in a single series according to material type.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection is entirely electronic and will require the use of appropriate computer hardware and software. File formats include MP4 video, MP3 and WAV audio, and DOCX and PDF/A. (Note: All DOCX files include a PDF preservation copy.)

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was created in collaboration with archivist Gino Pasi and contributed to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, in May 2015.

Related Materials

MS-469: Ray Must Collection


A published autobiography What I Know Now (2015) by Eleanor Hambury Must is available in the Special Collections and Archives reading room at call number DS 134.4 .M87 2015. The book also includes a biography of Eleanor’s father.

Guide to the Eleanor Must Oral History (SC-327)
Lisa Rickey
2019 May 1
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA