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World War II Joke and Humor Collection

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World War II Joke and Humor Collection, ca. 1941-ca. 1945 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: World War II Joke and Humor Collection, ca. 1941-ca. 1945Save to your list.

ID: SC/WWJH

Extent: 0.21 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/01/2013

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

The World War II Joke and Humor Collection consists of jokes, poems, rhymes, letters, cartoons, and other humorous materials read by and exchanged between soldiers serving in World War II. Common topics are sex, women, military life, commanding officers, and Hitler. Most items are hand-written, though some possibly copied out of magazines and other publications as there are multiple copies in different hands. A few items are type written, or small pamphlet publications.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The World War II Joke and Humor Collection consists of jokes, poems, rhymes, letters, cartoons, and other humorous materials read by and exchanged between soldiers serving in World War II. Common topics are sex, women, military life, commanding officers, and Hitler, most notably a lengthy rhyme titled "Hitler's Dream" in which the Nazi leader finds himself unable to enter Hell because the Devil does not want him to corrupt the "good morals" of his evil minions. Most items are hand-written, though some were probably copied out of magazines and other publications as there are multiple copies in different hands. A few small pamphlet publications, type written, or clipped from newspapers. Some items are mildly pornographic, and the collection also includes a few nude photographs. It is filed alphabetically by format.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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.

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Other Note: This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika Manders.


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Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: DrawingsSave to your list.
Folder 2: EphemeraSave to your list.
Folder 3: Extended Metaphors in ProseSave to your list.
Folder 4: JokesSave to your list.
Folder 5: LettersSave to your list.
Folder 6: Loose EnvelopesSave to your list.
Folder 7: PhotographsSave to your list.
Folder 8: Poems and RhymesSave to your list.
Folder 9: SongSave to your list.
Folder 10: StoriesSave to your list.
Folder 11: ValentineSave to your list.


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