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Waldemar Scherer Second World War correspondence and scrapbook

 Series — Box: WWII 2, Folder: 16-18
Identifier: 2013-057-w-r

Content Description

This collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper columns written by Waldemar P. Scherer for The Mankato Free Press (Minnesota) titled "Overseas Mail." Interleaved within the scrapbook are letters from servicemen thanking him for writing the column and what it means to them to receive news from home. The collection also contains photocopies of letters written by Waldemar to his son Sgt. Richard P. Scherer, USMC of the 509th Marine Regiment.

Inventory: 29 photocopies -- 1 scrapbook


  • 1943 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Waldemar P. Scherer (12/8/1889 - 5/16/1970) was born in Mankato, Minnesota to his parents George William Scherer and Minna Manderfeld. He remained living there and married Wilamine "Minnie" Hanson in 1916. They had five children; Robert, William, Richard, Betty, and Waldemar, Jr.

Included in the collection are letters to his son Sergeant Richard Peter "Dick" Sherer, United States Marine Corps, while he was serving in the Second World War. Waldemar worked as an "advertising man" for Standard Oil Company and wrote for the Mankato (Minnesota) Free Press in a series of columns titled "Overseas Mail." Waldemar passed away at the age of 81 in Mankato.


0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence from Waldemar Scherer to his son Sgt. Richard P. Scherer, USMC, and one scrapbook of letters written to Waldemar's newpaper column.


This collection is arranged by material type and date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Waldemar Scherer, Jr.

Finding Aid for the Waldemar Scherer Second World War correspondence and scrapbook
Lauren Menges
May 20, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States