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Edward Donald Gehring Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 103, Folder: 1-4, Folder: 1-4
Identifier: 2017-179-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains contains correspondence to Aviation Machinist's Mate Edward Donald Gehring, United States Navy, primarily from his mother Elizabeth, his grandmother Ethel, his aunt Madeline, and her mother's employer Ralph Dox, during and after the Second World War. Along with 134 written correspondences, this collection also contains photographs, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, postcards, and other realia.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1941 April 9 - 1973 May 13

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

Elizabeth Margaret Gehring was born on 1 November 1894 in Pennsylvania. In the 1920s, she and her husband, William, lived in Erie, New York. At some point between 1920 and 1930, she became a housekeeper for Ralph Dox and moved into his home in Niagara, New York. William's status is unknown. She relocated to Van Nuys, California, in the mid-1940s to live near her mother. Elizabeth died on 8 April 1983 at the age of 88.

Ethel Elizabeth Wikel was born on 6 April 1874 in Pennsylvania. At some unknown date, she moved to Van Nuys, California with her family. She died on 15 January 1946 at the age of 71.

Madeline Woolston was born in 1907 in Pennsylvania. By 1940, she had moved to Van Nuys, California with the rest of her family.

Ralph Watson Dox was born on 9 May 1885 in Lockport, New York. He attended Columbia University, where he became an officer of the Philharmonic Society and the Barnard Literary Association. Dox graduated from Columbia Law School in 1909 and served as vice counsel to the United States at Nuremberg, Germany. When the United States was drawn into the First World War in 1916, he returned to New York to work in private practice. He lived in Lockport until his death on 3 March 1951 at the age of 65.

Edward Donald Gehring was born on 18 August 1923 in Pennsylvania and died on 12 February 2011 in Van Nuys, California at the age of 87.


.32 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains contains correspondence to AMM Edward Donald Gehring primarily, USN, from his mother, Elizabeth, his grandmother, Ethel, his aunt, Madeline, and her mother's employer, Ralph Dox, during and after the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence Folder 1 -- Series 2: Correspondence Folder 2 -- Series 3: Correspondence Folder 3 -- Series 4: Biographical Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Teresa Rogers.

Finding Aid for the Edward Donald Gehring Second World War correspondence
Lee Feldman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States