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Herbert (Esther) and Marvyl Doyle papers and photographs
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Esther Herbert papers Series 1. 1937-2011

Series Description

This series consists of correspondence, publications, diplomas and certificates, military records, and professional papers of Esther Herbert. Among the materials in this series are Herbert's own notes regarding the contents of the collection. The correspondence is comprised mainly of letters to and from Herbert and her partner, Marvyl Doyle, with the bulk of the letters being composed during World War II. The publications and professional papers are concerned with Herbert's work as a speech pathologist and membership in the American Speech and Hearing Association.


Esther Herbert's notes about this collection are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged chronologically with undated files at the end.
Box 1, Folder 1

Herbert's notes about the collection 2011

Box 1, Folder 3-18

Correspondence, Esther Herbert and Marvyl Doyle 1944-1968

Physical Description: [16 folders]
Box 1, Folder 19-21

Correspondence, Sue Graff and Marvyl Doyle February-September 1956

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 22

Correspondence, family 1953

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Correspondence, general 1944-1996

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 2, Folder 3

Clippings 1945-1967

Box 2, Folder 4

Military records 1945

Box 2, Folder 5

Diplomas and certificates 1937-1977

Box 2, Folder 6-10

Publications on speech pathology 1949-1971

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 2, Folder 12

Professional records 1963-1977

Box 2, Folder 19

Poem Undated


Marvyl Doyle papers Series 2. 1921-1997

Series Description

This series contains manuscripts, notebook journals, publications, and personal papers of Marvyl Doyle. Her personal papers include her birth certificate, military discharge records, and employment contracts. The manuscripts consist primarily of Doyle's unpublished poems and college papers. Her dissertation for the Doctoral Program in Education at the University of Southern California is also included in this series. The publications are concerned with Doyle's poetry, as well as later work as a reading and composition instructor and include a pamphlet series that Doyle co-wrote, titled "Lessons for Self-Instruction in Basic Skills." Note that Doyle correspondence can be found in Series 1: Esther Herbert papers.


Folders are arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 1

Personal papers 1921-1977

Box 3, Folder 2

Clippings 1938-1939

Box 3, Folder 3-4

Poems 1943-1997

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 5

Military papers 1946

Box 3, Folder 6

College papers 1948-1957

Box 3, Folder 7

Poetry journals and anthologies 1949-1956

Box 3, Folder 8-14

Notebooks circa 1952-1974

Physical Description: [7 folders]
Box 3, Folder 15

Lecture notes, Remedial and Diagnostic Reading 1954

Box 2, Folder 11

Gotham Book Mart Pamphlet 1956

Box 3, Folder 16-17

Dissertation 1961

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 18-21

Publications on writing instruction and reading comprehension 1962-1979

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 3, Folder 22

Miscellaneous notes and writings Undated


Sue Graff and Roberta Behr papers Series 3.  1925-2007

Series Description

This series comprises personal papers, property records, and books belonging to Herbert's lifelong friends, Sue Graff and Roberta Behr. Included in these materials are the military discharge records, diplomas and certificates, and art work of Sue Graff. The series also consists of clippings, pamphlets, and photographs regarding Zaca Lake, a property once owned by Behr. The books included in the series are in reference to Patience Worth, a spirit that allegedly contacted Behr's stepmother, Pearl Curran.


Books regarding Patience Worth have been placed at the end of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.
Box 2, Folder 14

Roberta Behr manuscript Undated

Box 2, Folder 13

Sue Graff papers 1946-1999

Box 2, Folder 18

Zaca Lake property papers 1970-2007

Box 2, Item 15

The Case of Patience Worth, by Walter Franklin Prince, University Books 1964

Box 2, Item 16

The Pot Upon the Wheel, by Patience Worth, Patience Worth Publishing 1927

Box 2, Item 17

Patience Worth: A Psychic Mystery, by Casper S. Yost 1925


Photograph albums, audiocassettes and DVD Series 4. 1943-1993

Herbert (Esther) and Marvyl Doyle photographs, sample

Series Description

This series includes photographs albums, photographs and slides that document the lives of Esther Herbert, Marvyl Doyle, and friends and family from 1943 through 1993. The bulk of the photographs document the women and their time in the Women's Army Corps. This series also includes seven audiocassettes of interviews with Esther Herbert; as well as one DVD, titled "Playa del Rey," which includes a slideshow of images of Herbert's home in Playa del Rey, California.


Photographs and slides are at the beginning of this series, followed by recorded interviews on audiocassettes, and one digital photograph slideshow on DVD.
box-binder 4

Photograph album 1 1943-1951

Scope and Contents

Includes 179 black and white photographs and 40 color postcards.
box-binder 4

Photograph album 2 1944-1945

Scope and Contents

Includes 132 black and white photographs.
box-binder 5

Photograph album 3 1943-1951

Scope and Contents

Includes 218 black and white photographs.
box-binder 6

Photographs and slides found loose 1944-1993

Scope and Contents

Includes 46 slides and 152 photographs.
Box 7, Item AC1824-AC1829

Herbert interview, with Ellie Dozier 2006

Physical Description: 6 audiocassettes.
Box 1, Folder 2

Herbert's notes about the interview with Ellie Dozier 2006

Box 7, Item AC1830

Herbert interview, with Joseph Hawkins 2011

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette.

Scope and Contents

Ellie Dozier, Dan Luckenbill, and Toshhide Kawai are also present during this interview.
Box 7, Item 1

"Playa Del Rey, 1946-1961" Undated

Physical Description: 1 DVD.

Scope and Contents

Slideshow of Herbert's home in Playa del Rey and Ballona Creek, California.