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Scherer, Waldemar (Second World War correspondence and scrapbook)
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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Waldemar Scherer Second World War correspondence and scrapbook
    source: Scherer, Waldemar P., Lt. Col. USAF
    Identifier/Call Number: 2013.057.w.r
    Identifier/Call Number: 661
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1945
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence from Waldemar Scherer to his son Sgt. Richard P. Scherer, USMC, and one scrapbook of letters written to Waldemar's newpaper column.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 2
    Container: 16-18

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Waldemar Scherer, Jr.


    This collection is arranged by material type and date.

    Biographical / Historical

    Waldemar P. Scherer (12/8/1889 - 5/16/1970) was born in Mankato, Minnesota to his parents George William Scherer and Minna Manderfeld. He remained living there and married Wilamine "Minnie" Hanson in 1916. They had five children; Robert, William, Richard, Betty, and Waldemar, Jr.
    Included in the collection are letters to his son Sergeant Richard Peter "Dick" Sherer, United States Marine Corps, while he was serving in the Second World War. Waldemar worked as an "advertising man" for Standard Oil Company and wrote for the Mankato (Minnesota) Free Press in a series of columns titled "Overseas Mail." Waldemar passed away at the age of 81 in Mankato.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title], Waldemar Scherer Second World War correspondence and scrapbook. (2013.057.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper columns written by Waldemar P. Scherer for The Mankato Free Press (Minnesota) titled "Overseas Mail." Interleaved within the scrapbook are letters from servicemen thanking him for writing the column and what it means to them to receive news from home. The collection also contains photocopies of letters written by Waldemar to his son Sgt. Richard P. Scherer, USMC of the 509th Marine Regiment.
    Inventory: 29 photocopies -- 1 scrapbook

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1939-1945)
    United States. -- Marine Corps
    World War (1939-1945) -- Homefront
    Scherer, Waldemar P., Lt. Col. USAF
    Scherer, Richard Peter