Finding Aid for the James Fenton Wylie papers, 1941-1945, 1987

Processed by Megan Hahn Fraser, July 2009; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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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.

Genres and Forms of Material


Container List



Box 4, Folder 1

Amores, an anthology of ancient love poetry and prose of the Latins 1987

Box 4, Folder 2

Erotikon, an anthology of ancient love poetry and prose of the Greeks (1 of 2) 1974-86

Box 4, Folder 3

Erotikon, an anthology of ancient love poetry and prose of the Greeks (1 of 2) 1974-86

Box 4, Folder 4

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward Fitzgerald, edited by J. Fenton Wylie 1946



Box 1, Folder 1


Box 1, Folder 2

Scrapbook 1942 January-July

Box 1, Folder 3


Box 1, Folder 4

Scrapbook 1942 October

Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6


Box 1, Folder 7

Scrapbook 1943 January

Box 1, Folder 8


Box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook 1943 April

Box 2, Folder 2


Box 2, Folder 3


Box 2, Folder 4

Scrapbook 1943 September-October

Box 2, Folder 5


Box 2, Folder 6

Scrapbook 1944 January

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8


Box 3, Folder 1

Scrapbook 1944 July-August

Box 3, Folder 2


Box 3, Folder 3

Scrapbook 1944 December

Box 3, Folder 4

Cartoon book

Box 3, Folder 5

Message book (1 of 2)

Box 3, Folder 6

Message book (2 of 2) 1944

Box 3, Folder 7


Box 3, Folder 8

Scrapbook 1945 March-May

Box 3, Folder 9



Short Stories

Box 3, Folder 10

Notes on an Island Invasion

Box 3, Folder 11

Short Stories 1987

Box 3, Folder 12

Two Children's Stories

Box 3, Folder 13

Two Fables 1987