Christian S. Wenger Papers mssWenger

Kelly Kress
The Huntington Library
October 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Christian S.Wenger Papers
Identifier/Call Number: mssWenger
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
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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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Christian S. Wenger papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

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 War II.

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.

Processing Information

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
Military hospitals
Report cards
Work -- Psychological aspects
Yellowstone National Park -- Description and travel
Yosemite National Park (Calif.) -- Description and travel


Christian S. Wenger papers

Box 1, Folder 1


Box 1, Folder 2


Box 1, Folder 3


Box 1, Folder 4


Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6

1946, 1953