Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Miriam Kline Collection, 1941-1946

Finding aid created by
Marvin Brandwin and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Miriam Kline collection
Creator: Kline, Miriam, b. ca. 1930
Inclusive dates: 1941-1946
Bulk dates: 1941-1944
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection contains around 150 incoming letters that Miriam Kline of New York City received from men serving in the United States Armed Forces throughout World War II. They described their experiences and exercises at army training camps and other military bases within the United States.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4439.5.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Miriam Kline Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Miriam Kline was born around 1930, the daughter of Paul D. and Gertrude Kline of White Plains, New York. She had at least four siblings: Dorothy, Paul, Robert, and Mildred. During World War II, she lived in Manhattan, New York, where she worked for the American Surety Company. She corresponded with United States servicemen in several branches of the armed forces throughout the war.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains around 150 incoming letters that Miriam Kline of New York City received from men serving in the United States Armed Forces throughout World War II. They described their experiences and exercises at army training camps and other military bases within the United States. She also wrote 2 letters and sent 2 Christmas cards to soldiers.

Sergeant Walter C. Jessel and Private David W. Hoefer wrote most of the earlier letters between July 1941 and June 1942. Jessel, a friend, shared his experiences in the army both before and shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks, and Hoefer often wrote Miriam about his life in the army and about his affection for her, though he wrote less frequently after she declined his romantic advances in mid-June 1942. Throughout the war, Kline continued to receive letters from Jessel, Hoefer, and 14 other servicemen, primarily from bases in the United States. They described many aspects of everyday life in the army, army air forces, and coast guard.

Enclosures include 3 photographs of Walter C. Jessel in uniform, newspaper clippings, and humorous cartoons. Jessel drew a picture of his transport train in his letter postmarked October 13, 1941. Later items include letters that Miriam wrote to Jessel and to Lieutenant R. H. Davis in 1945, as well as Christmas cards she sent to Davis and to Allan Isakson.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Military education.
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
    • United States. Army Air Forces.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army--Officers.
    • United States. Coast Guard.
    • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Women.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Caricatures and cartoons.
    • Jessel, Walter C.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Board, Bradley.
    • Bowling, Glenn.
    • Brumme, Carl.
    • Dickenson, Artie.
    • Dows, Bob.
    • Glackmeyer, Ed.
    • Haagensen, Arthur, Jr.
    • Herman, M. H.
    • Hoefer, David W.
    • Isakson, Allan.
    • Jessel, Walter C.
    • Kline, Paul.
    • Leonard, James.
    • Lundholm, Donald.
    • Saul, George.
    • Walderman, Ted C.
    Genre Terms:
    • Christmas cards.
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Photographs.
    • Postcards.
    • Snapshots.
    • Telegrams.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Miriam Kline collection [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-13
     July 9, 1941-December 19, 1946