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John P. Malbrain Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017-303-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence between John P. Malbrain, Chief Radio Technician aboard the U.S.S. Egeria and his family and friends during the Second World War. Malbrain's letters to his wife, Corporal Jeanne Malbrain, detail his experiences aboard the ship in the Pacific theater. Later, Malbrain was injured in an unspecified incident and transferred to a Naval hospital for recovery and later transferred back to the United States. During that time, he discusses his routine in the hospital and how he is recovering.

Letters from Jeanne to her husband discuss her service in the Women's Army Corps at Fort Myer, Virginia. She talks about the other women, the food she cooks, movies she sees, and books she reads.

This collection also contains correspondence from John's father Joe to both John and Jeanne, correspondence from Jeanne's sister Marion Dockstader to John, correspondence from Jeanne's parents to her and John, and correspondence from John and Jeanne's mutual friends Norman "Goldie" Goldenberg, and several others, along with photographs and ephemera.


  • 1944 August 26-1951 March 14
  • Majority of material found within 1944 August 26-1945 November 27

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 mateiral is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.


0.75 Linear feet (2 document boxes)

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This collection contains correspondence between John P. Malbrain and his wife Jeanne, along with other members of both their respective families, during the Second World War.


This collection is organized by material type, author, and date.

Series 1: correspondence from John P. Malbrain Series 2: correspondence from Jeanne Malbrain Series 3: correspondence, other Series 4: photographs Series 5: clippings, newspapers Series 4: ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sheila Malbrain

Legal Status

Donor irrevocably transfers, conveys, and assigns to Chapman University all Intellectual Property Rights for the Donated Materials. For more information, consult original donation form.
Finding Aid for the John P. Malbrain Second World War correspondence
Lorraine Shaller
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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