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Charles Kraut papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description


Miscellaneous Documents

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Title: Charles Kraut papers, 1914-1955Add to your cart.

ID: 1/7/MSS 245

Primary Creator: Kraut, Charles.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized into two series:  (1) Correspondence, and (2) Miscellaneous documents.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2006

Subjects: Kraut, Charles, Kraut, Pearl, World War, 1939-1945

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Ephemera., Kraut, Charles - Correspondence, Kraut, Pearl - Correspondence, Records (documents), Soldiers - United States - Correspondence

Languages: English, Hebrew

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Charles Kraut Collection contains documents and correspondence, mainly between Charles and his wife, Pearl, dating from 1941 through 1945.  Also contained in the series, and filed at the end, are letters to Charles from various friends and family, some of which are written in Hebrew. Other materials include newspaper clippings, photos, Kraut's wedding announcement, military pay record, military evaluation and miscellaneous ephemera.

Biographical Note

Charles Kraut was born in Chicago and worked as a clothing designer in his father's clothing store. After Pearl Harbor he enlisted and trained at Fort Lewis, Washington, and went on to work as a clerk for the 138th Infantry Division in Alaska for three years before being transferred to Europe in 1945. After only a few months, the end of the war forced the disbanding of his division.

Although Kraut served throughout the Battle of the Aleutian Islands, June 1942 to August 1943 he wrote little about it in the letters in this collection. On several occasions he wrote that he was aware that censors would read what his letters and he limited description of his military duties to a minimum.

Because he was not able to write freely on his military service, the contents of his letters to his wife mostly concern matters of his family and of his heart. His letters repeatedly express feelings of both physical and emotional isolation as well as his eagerness to return to his wife, and future plans they would share together.

Subject/Index Terms

Kraut, Charles
Kraut, Pearl
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Method: Purchased using funds from the Piper Robeson Donation.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Charles Kraut papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1945],
[Series 2: Miscellaneous Documents],

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Folder 12: Newspaper articlesAdd to your cart.
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Folder 13: Photos and NegativesAdd to your cart.
47 total
Folder 14: Miscellaneous ephemeraAdd to your cart.

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