Christian S. Wenger Papers mssWenger
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Title: Christian S.Wenger Papers
Identifier/Call Number: mssWenger
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Date (inclusive): 1931-1953
Date (bulk): 1931-1939, 1944-1946
Abstract: Correspondence of Christian S. Wenger, who worked as an obstetrician at United States Naval Hospitals during World War II.
Letters are primarily to Wenger's parents, and describe his work in California and Mississippi between 1944 and 1946, as well
as his college years and young married life between 1931 and 1939.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Caroliniana Books, October 2021.
Biographical / Historical
Christian S. Wegner was from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and attended Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. After joining
the United States Navy he worked as an obstetrician at Naval Hospitals in Southern California and Mississippi during World
Scope and Contents
Wenger wrote to his parents regularly while at Juniata College, and the letters from this time describe his college life and
activities. Wenger's brother Robert also joined him as a student at Juniata, and the collection includes several of Robert
Wenger's report cards from 1936 to 1937. There is also a series of letters from 1939 detailing a trip Wenger took with his
wife Helen, describing their impressions of Banff, Canada; Mexico City, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and parts of California, as
well as the activities of their children.
Letters from 1944 to 1946 detail Wenger's work as an obstetrician at United States Naval Hospitals in California and Mississippi
during World War II, including conditions in the hospitals, some of his patients' difficulties with childbirth, and his own
struggles with overwork, depression, and homesickness.
Processed at the time of accessioning by Kelly Kress in October 2021.
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Banff National Park (Alta) -- Description and travel
Childbirth -- United States -- History -- 20th Century
College student records
Depression in men
Hospitals -- Maternity services
Medicine -- Military -- United States
Mexico City (Mexico) -- Description and travel
Work -- Psychological aspects
Yellowstone National Park -- Description and travel
Yosemite National Park (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Christian S. Wenger papers