Lauren C. Post Papers MS-0353

Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Lauren C. Post Papers
Creator: Post, Lauren Chester
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0353
Physical Description: 0.42 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1917-1977
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

The Lauren C. Post Papers (1917-1977) document Dr. Lauren Post's involvement with San Diego State College servicemen in World War II as well as his professional output as professor of geography at San Diego State. The collection includes correspondence, essays, monographs, programs, news clippings, and photographs.
The collection is divided into two series, arranged alphabetically: World War II San Diego State Servicemen Files (1943-1953) and Professional Files (1939-1978). The [url=] World War II San Diego State Servicemen Files[/url] (also available online) include correspondence from Post regarding Aztec News Letter donations, programs from events honoring Aztec servicemen, and annotated address changes for distribution of the Aztec News Letter. Of particular note is an essay written by Post about San Diego State men and women who served in World War II, with a focus on the 134 Aztecs who were killed in action during the war. Professional Files primarily consists of essays and monographs written by Post. The series includes extensive documentation of his Santa Fe Trail trip, including a travelogue, essays, and photographs. Also included in this series is a folder of Post's personal documents, which contains his Navy enlistment and discharge papers, dated 1919.

Arrangement Note

I. World War II San Diego State Servicemen Files, 1943-1953
II. Professional Files, 1939-1978

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Lauren Chester Post Papers, 1899-1977, Louisiana State University
World War II San Diego State College Servicemen's Correspondence Collection, 1941-1945

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lauren C. Post Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Biographical Note

A native of Rayne, Louisiana, Lauren Post was professor of geography at San Diego State from 1937-1969. He was educated at the University of California and Louisiana State University, and taught at San Francisco State and at Louisiana State before coming to San Diego State. Post is remembered for his Aztec News Letter in which he corresponded with Aztec servicemen and women during World War II.
Immediately after Pearl Harbor and as the War progressed, Aztec students were soon scattered all over the globe, disconnected and separated from their college, their friends, their loved ones, and their former lives. In the spring of 1942, Dr. Post, a veteran of World War I, decided to try a "news service experiment" intended to provide information about the locations of current and former Aztecs dispersed around the world. The Aztec News Letter thus became a crucial lifeline throughout the War for Aztec servicemen and women facing difficulty and danger wherever they were stationed. Lauded as one of the first of its kind in the nation, the Aztec News Letter premiered in May of 1942 and was released monthly until its 48th issue in March of 1946. By then, The Aztec News Letter circulated to more than 3,000 service and home front readers. The project and the letters that made it possible would forever characterize the Aztec spirit during wartime. Not only are the letters historically significant; they also offer a unique perspective about San Diego State during a global crisis.

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography
Personal Papers
United States--Armed Forces--Biography--Sources
Santa Fe National Historic Trail--Pictorial works
San Diego State College
Post, Lauren C.--Archives
San Diego State University--Alumni and alumnae--Biography--Sources

box 1

World War II San Diego State Servicemen Files Series 1 1943-1954

Scope and Contents

Items in this series are [url=]available online[/url].
box 1, folder 1

Aztec News Letter Correspondence from Post Folder 1 1943

box 1, folder 2

News Clipping of Kenneth Scidmore and Lauren Post at San Diego State College Homecoming Reception Folder 2 1953

box 1, folder 3

"San Diego State College in World War II" by Lauren Post Folder 3 n.d.

box 1, folder 4

Servicemen Address Changes Folder 4 n.d.

box 1, folder 5

Servicemen Materials: 1st Annual Reunion Program, Aztec News Letter Play Program, Tau Delta Chi Newsletter Folder 5 n.d.; 1946-1947

box 1

Professional Files Series 2 1939-1978

box 1, folder 6

Correspondence to Post Folder 6 1953-1977

box 1, folder 7

Essay and Description of Santa Fe Trail Trip Folder 7 1953

box 1, folder 8

Essays and Monographs Written by Post Folder 8 1939-1973

box 1, folder 9

Newspaper Clippings about Lauren Post Folder 9 1953-1978

box 1, folder 10

Personal Materials: Honorable Discharge from the Navy; 75th Birthday Field Trip Folder 10 1919; 1974

box 1, folder 11

Post Material Located at Louisiana State University Folder 11

box 1, folder 12

Santa Fe Trail Trip: Photographs Folder 12 1953