Guide to the Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection

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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection
Creator: Wohlfert, Ethel
Identifier/Call Number: SC.EWS
Extent: 1.71 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1938-1945
Abstract: The Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection consists mostly of correspondence, with some additional news clippings and ephemera from 1938 to 1945. A majority of the correspondence is from Wohlfert's brother-in-law, Albert Wohlfert, who was a sergeant in the United States Air Force stationed at Hickam Field in Honolulu, Hawaii, before being sent to Europe during World War II.
Language of Material: English

Scope and Contents

The Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection contains a scrapbook created by Ethel Wohlfert. This collection consists of correspondence and ephemera which dates from 1938 to 1945. While materials were originally taped or glued onto pages of the scrapbook, almost all of the items have fallen off of their original pages, and are consequently arranged separately.
The collection is divided into two series, Correspondence (1938-1945) and Ephemera (circa 1938-1943).
Series I, Correspondence, consists mostly of letters, v-mail, and telegraphs to Ethel and her husband Emil from his brother Albert (Al) Wohlfert. Al was in the United States Air Force, stationed first at Hickam Field in Honolulu, Hawaii and then overseas in Europe during World War II. His letters discuss the airmen's attitudes about living and working at Hickam Field, advancement opportunities in the military, and his general health and life overseas. Also included are letters to Ethel from various girlfriends of Al's inquiring about his health and whereabouts, letters from family friends, and telegrams between Emil and Ethel after he joined the war effort in 1943. Items in the series are arranged chronologically.
Series II, Ephemera, consists of various items saved by Ethel, most of which are related to her family's service in the military. Items in the series include cartoons clippings from newspapers, ticket stubs from travel and money order transactions, Emil Wohlfert's enlisted man's pass to take a month's leave from his post in the army, and currency and stationery from a trip to Chihuahua, Mexico. Items in the series are arranged topically.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1945
Series II: Ephemera, circa 1938-1943

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 09/30/2013


Other Information:
This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika Manders.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2013

Subjects and Indexing Terms



Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1945

Box 1, Folder 1


Box 1, Folder 2


Box 1, Folder 3


Box 1, Folder 4


Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6


Box 1, Folder 7


Box 1, Folder 8


Box 1, Folder 9

Undated Correspondence


Series II: Ephemera, ca. 1938-1945

Box 1, Folder 10

Enlisted Man's Pass for Emil Wohlfert, 1943

Box 1, Folder 11

Ticket Stubs - Travel and Financial

Box 1, Folder 12

Hickam's Highlights Clippings, ca. 1938-1941

Box 1, Folder 13

Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1941-1942

Box 1, Folder 14

Souvenirs from Chihuahua, Mexico

Box 2, Item 1

"Black Bullets for Hitler" by Roark Bradford, Colliers, 1942 December 12

Box 2, Item 2

Empty Scrapbook