Guide to the Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection,
Special Collections & Archives
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook
Physical Description: 1.71
Language of Materials:
Abstract: The Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection
consists mostly of correspondence, with some additional news clippings and ephemera from
1938 to 1945. A majority of the correspondence is from Wohlfert’s brother-in-law, Albert
Wohlfert, who was a sergeant in the United States Air Force stationed at Hickam Field in
Honolulu, Hawaii, before being sent to Europe during World War II.
This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2013
Conditions Governing Use:
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
[Identification of item], [date],
Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook
, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California
State University, Northridge.
Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1945
Series II: Ephemera, circa 1938-1943
Scope and Contents
The Ethel Wohlfert Scrapbook Collection contains a scrapbook created by Ethel Wohlfert.
This collection consists of correspondence and ephemera which dates from 1938 to 1945.
While materials were originally taped or glued onto pages of the scrapbook, almost all
of the items have fallen off of their original pages, and are consequently arranged
The collection is divided into two series, Correspondence (1938-1945) and Ephemera
Series I, Correspondence, consists mostly of letters, v-mail, and telegraphs to Ethel
and her husband Emil from his brother Albert (Al) Wohlfert. Al was in the United States
Air Force, stationed first at Hickam Field in Honolulu, Hawaii and then overseas in
Europe during World War II. His letters discuss the airmen's attitudes about living
and working at Hickam Field, advancement opportunities in the military, and his general
health and life overseas. Also included are letters to Ethel from various girlfriends of
Al's inquiring about his health and whereabouts, letters from family friends, and
telegrams between Emil and Ethel after he joined the war effort in 1943. Items in the
series are arranged chronologically.
Series II, Ephemera, consists of various items saved by Ethel, most of which are related
to her family's service in the military. Items in the series include cartoons
clippings from newspapers, ticket stubs from travel and money order transactions, Emil
Wohlfert's enlisted man's pass to take a month's leave from his post in
the army, and currency and stationery from a trip to Chihuahua, Mexico. Items in the
series are arranged topically.
Series I: Correspondence, 1938-1945
Series II: Ephemera, ca. 1938-1945
Box 1, Folder 10
Enlisted Man's Pass for Emil Wohlfert,
Box 1, Folder 11
Ticket Stubs - Travel and Financial
Box 1, Folder 12
Box 1, Folder 13
Box 1, Folder 14
Souvenirs from Chihuahua, Mexico
Box 2, Item 1
"Black Bullets for Hitler" by Roark Bradford,
1942 December 12