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World War II Joke and Humor Collection
SC.WWJH  
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  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
    Title: World War II Joke and Humor Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SC.WWJH
    Extent: 0.21 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1941-ca. 1945
    Abstract: The World War II Joke and Humor Collection consists of jokes, poems, rhymes, letters, cartoons, and other humorous materials read by and exchanged between soldiers serving in World War II. Common topics are sex, women, military life, commanding officers, and Hitler. Most items are hand-written, though some possibly copied out of magazines and other publications as there are multiple copies in different hands. A few items are type written, or small pamphlet publications.
    Language of Material: English

    Scope and Contents

    The World War II Joke and Humor Collection consists of jokes, poems, rhymes, letters, cartoons, and other humorous materials read by and exchanged between soldiers serving in World War II. Common topics are sex, women, military life, commanding officers, and Hitler, most notably a lengthy rhyme titled "Hitler's Dream" in which the Nazi leader finds himself unable to enter Hell because the Devil does not want him to corrupt the "good morals" of his evil minions. Most items are hand-written, though some were probably copied out of magazines and other publications as there are multiple copies in different hands. A few small pamphlet publications, type written, or clipped from newspapers. Some items are mildly pornographic, and the collection also includes a few nude photographs. It is filed alphabetically by format.

    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    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

    Purchase, 10/01/2013

    General

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ephemera
    Documents
    Photographs