Inventory of the Channel Islands Collection

Processed by Rita Morin.
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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Inventory of the Channel Islands Collection

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Rita Morin
Date Completed:
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Machine-readable finding aid derived from Microsoft Word and MARC record by Rita Morin.
© 2011 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Channel Islands Collection
Dates: 1940-1998
Collection Number: 2000C26
Collection Size: 6 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The collection is comprised of diaries, letters, proclamations, permits, orders, ration cards, identification documents, photographs, postcards, printed matter, video tapes, and compact disks relating to life on the Channel Islands under the German occupation during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: English, French and German

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.
The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Channel Islands Collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Historical Note

The Channel Islands are comprised of five main islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, and three smaller islands: Jethou, Brecqhou and Lihou. The islands lie off the French coast of Normandy but are dependencies of the British crown.
After the fall of France to Germany, in June 1940, the Channel Islands became indefensible for the British. On June 20, 1940, the decision was made to remove all troops from the Channel Islands and cut the underwater cable providing communications between Britain and the Channel Islands. Island residents had to make the decision to stay or evacuate to England. British ships were sent to take those residents ready to evacuate but there were not enough ships to accommodate all evacuees.
On June 28, 1940, the Germans bombed St. Helier, the capital of Jersey, and the Guernsey capital of St. Peter Port. On June 30, 1940, German troops landed on the islands and began the occupation. The occupation lasted five years, from June 30, 1940, through May 9, 1945. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Commonwealth to be occupied by Germany during World War II.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Channel Islands Collection relates to life on the Channel Islands under the German occupation during World War II. It is comprised of diaries, letters, proclamations, permits, orders, ration cards, identification documents, postcards, photographs, printed matter, video tapes, and compact discs. The bulk of the material depicts daily life on the islands during the German occupation, but also includes materials related to the liberation and post-occupation life of the islanders. The collection is arranged into series and contains materials in English, French and German.
The Diaries and Correspondence series illustrates life during the occupation through letters and diaries that document the daily life of island residents living through the occupation and the experiences of a resident deported from the islands to Laufen as a German prisoner of war.
The Occupation and Post-Occupation Materials series encompasses a wide variety of items that were used in the daily lives of island residents and in the running of the government during the five years of occupation. It also illustrates island life from the occupying force's point of view and post-occupation. In addition, the series includes items relevant to the liberation and post-occupation.
The Printed Matter series contains various printed materials depicting life on the island during the occupation such as personal memoirs, island histories and poetry, as well as items that highlight the tourist industry built on the islands as a result of the occupation.
The Audiovisual Materials series contains items that cover both the occupation of the islands and general history of the island. There are firsthand audio accounts from fifteen residents who lived through the occupation. Video footage includes captured wartime newsreels and interviews with survivors of the occupation as well as unique video footage documenting life on the island of Guernsey from 1915 to 1945.
The Newspaper series contains a number of original newspapers spanning daily life under occupation and liberation. The newspapers also report on the progress of the war from a pro-German perspective. The bulk of the papers were printed on Jersey and Guernsey.
All materials in this collection were collected by C. C. Kohler, an antiquarian bookseller from Dorking, England.


The collection is organized into 5 series: Diaries and Correspondence, Occupation Materials, Printed Matter, Audiovisual Materials, Newspapers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Channel Islands -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Channel Islands
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain
Miltary Government

Collection Contents

Box: 1-2

Diaries and Correspondence, 1941-1945

Scope and Content Note

Contains diaries and correspondence of civilians and internees living on the Channel Islands during the occupation.


Arranged in two groups: Civilian Materials and Internee Materials; thereunder chronologically.

Civilian Materials, 1941-1945

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

George H. Budge pocket diaries, 1941-1945

Box/Folder: 1 : 2-3

Dolly diaries, 1 Jan. 1942- 20 Mar. 1944

Box/Folder: 1 : 4-7

Elise Morris correspondence, 1942-1945


Internee Materials, 1942-1944

Box/Folder: 2 : 1-2

Henry J. Le Goupillot, interned in Laufen, 1942- 1944

Scope and Content Note

Contains diaries, letters, photographs and music book
Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Internment correspondence, 1943-1944

Box: 2-3

Occupation and Post-Occupation Materials, 1940-1992 (bulk 1940-1945)

Scope and Content Note

Contains a wide variety of items that documents island life during and after the German Occupation.


Arranged in four groups: Civilian Materials, Government Materials, German Forces Materials, and Post-Occupation Materials; thereunder chronologically by document type

Civilian Materials, 1940-1945, 1992

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Aerial propaganda, 1940-1944

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Currency, Channel Island, circa 1940

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Evacuee communications, 1941-1944

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Photo postcards and photographs, 1940-1943

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Red Cross messages, 1941-1943

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

The Red Cross Civilian Postal Message Scheme with the Channel Islands during The Occupation 1940-1945 by David Gurney, 1992

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Theater programs, 1942-1943

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Miscellaneous documents, 1942-1944


Government Materials, 1940-1945

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Memoranda, correspondence and documents, 1941-1944

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Identity cards, circa 1941

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Official notices, 1941-1944

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Permits and passes, 1940-1944

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Postage stamps and tax stamps, 1940-1945

Box/Folder: 3 : 5-6

Ration books, 1940-1944

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Ration forms and correspondence, 1941-1944


German Forces Materials, 1940-1945

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Aerial propaganda, 1943-1945

Scope and Content Note

In English, French and German
Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Currency, German, circa 1940

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

German personnel materials, 1940-1942

Scope and Content Note

In German and contains photographs

Post-Occupation Materials, 1945-1948, 1965, undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

Correspondence and postcards, 1945

Box/Folder: 3 : 12

The Criff newsletter, 1945

Box/Folder: 3 : 13

Daily Worker pamphlet, 1945

Box/Folder: 3 : 14

Exhibition flyer, undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 15

Government reports, 1945, 1965, undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 16

Liberation Day souvenir programs, 1946-1948, 1995

Box/Folder: 3 : 17

Ration books and identity cards, 1945-1946

Box: 4-5

Printed Matter, 1945-1996

Scope and Content Note

Contains memoirs, poetry, a screenplay, island guides and histories, museum guides and souvenirs, and miscellany. See also newspapers


Arranged alphabetically by document type and thereunder chronologically
Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Bibliographies, 1970, 1975

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

German occupation, 1955-1995

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Guernsey Evening Press index, 1940-1945

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Guernsey Star index, 1940-1945

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

Island guides, 1965-1993

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

Island histories, 1944-1958

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Jersey occupation tapestry, 1995-1996

Scope and Content Note

Contains interactive CD-ROM
Box/Folder: 4 : 8

Julia Pascal play, Theresa, 1990

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Merchant shipping, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 10-11

Memoirs, 1947, 1993-1995, 1997, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Memoirs 1990, 1995, 1997, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Museum guides and pamphlets, Guernsey, undated

Scope and Content Note

In English, French and German
Box/Folder: 5 : 3

Museum guides and pamphlets, Jersey and Alderney, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

Museum souvenirs, Guernsey, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

Museum souvenirs, Jersey, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

Poetry, 1944-1946, 1978

Box/Folder: 5 : 7

Postal service pamphlets, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Red Cross S.S. Vega, 1996

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

Société Jersiaise, 1945-1946

Scope and Content Note

In French and English
Box/Folder: 5 : 10

Miscellaneous island books, 1994-1998

Box: 6

Audiovisual Materials, 1990, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains an audio cassette documenting occupation experience and two VHS videocassettes, in PAL format, documenting life on the islands
Box/Folder: 6 : 1

Hitlers British Islands, Channel islands occupation experience, audio cassette, 1990

Box/Folder: 6

A living history: Channel islands occupied, VHS cassette, undated

Box/Folder: 6

Moving memories, 1915-1945, VHS cassette, undated

Box: 7

Newspapers 1940-1995

Physical Description: 7

Scope and Content Note

Contains newspapers printed during the occupation, post-occupation, and special-issue Liberation Day editions.


Arranged chronologically by type
Box/Folder: 7 : 1

Occupation newspapers, 23 Oct.1940 - 21 Mar.1945

Scope and Content Note

In English and German
Box/Folder: 7 : 2

Post-occupation newspapers, 11 May 1945 - 25 Aug. 1945

Scope and Content Note

In English, French, and German
Box/Folder: 7 : 3

Liberation Day commemorative editions, 1946-1995