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Finding Aid for the James Fenton Wylie papers, 1941-1945, 1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Fenton Wylie papers
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1945, 1987
    Collection number: 1842
    Creator: Wylie, James Fenton
    Extent: 4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Scrapbooks of Wylie's service in the Marine Corps during World War II, short stories and collected poetry.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Elmo Patin, 1994.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Megan Hahn Fraser, July 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Fenton Wylie papers (Collection 1842). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6944769 


    James Fenton Wylie was born February 4, 1923. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1951. From March 18, 1941 until his discharge in September 1945, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps. Wylie died September 28, 1987.

    Scope and Content

    The scrapbook was compiled by Wylie and contains transcripts of diary entries, letters to and from family and friends, clippings and ephemera from his time in the Marine Corps. "Notes on an Island Invasion: Betio, Tarawa Atoll, November 21-29, 1943" is described by the author as "a record of what an enlisted man of no importance saw in the nine days he was involved in the Battle of Tarawa" and draws from Wylie's diary entries of November 1943. "Short Stories," "Two Children's Stories" and "Two Fables" are works of fiction. "Amores" and "Erotikon" are collections of Latin and Greek poetry, respectively, selected by Wylie. "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" is a transcript of a translation by Edward Fitzgerald and edited by Wylie.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The scrapbook is arranged chronologically as Wylie compiled it. Some letters and clippings are arranged by the date they were read or received by him, rather than the date on the item. The short stories are arranged alphabetically by title. The collected poetry is arranged alphabetically by title.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    James Fenton Wylie---Archives.
    Marines --United States --Archival resources.
    World War, 1939-1945 --Personal narratives, American.

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