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Box 07

 Container

Contains 18 Collections and/or Records:

Elmer F. Kern, Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394
Scope and Contents The Elmer F. Kern, Jr. papers contain more than four hundred and fifty letters, including twenty-four v-mail letters, written to and from Kern and loved ones. In his letters to family members and friends, he describes his life in vivid details from when he was a student at Purdue University, from his different assignments in the Air Corps, and until his death in Germany. His letters show the different envelopes represent the numerous places he has been with different sender addresses and types...
Dates: 1938 - 1945

Kern family materials, 1940 - 1945

 Series — Box: 07
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 8
Scope and Contents This series includes general miscellaneous items that belonged to the family.
Dates: 1940 - 1945

General Miscellaneous Items , 1941 - 1945

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 11
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 8, File 1
Scope and Contents Materials consist of items that could have been belonged to any member of the family such as receipts and a letter from the National Automobile Club.
Dates: 1941 - 1945

Ruth's Miscellaneous Items, 1937 - 1945

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 12
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 8, File 2
Scope and Contents These materials are miscellaneous items with Elmer's sister's, Ruth, name on them which consist of a report card from Proviso Township High School, a S.S. data form, and an agreement between Singer Sewing Machine Company and Ruth for employment.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1937 - 1945

Photographs, 1940 - 1945

 Series — Box: 07
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 4
Scope and Contents Materials include several photographs of Kern as a student at Purdue and while he was active in the United States Army Air Force. Also included are potraits of Kern and one of his sister, Ruth. Lieutenant Schalliol also sent photographs of places they have been, their camp, as well as him and his wife to the family after Kern's death, which is included.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1945

Purdue related materials

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 5
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Elmer F. Kern, Jr. papers contain more than four hundred and fifty letters, including twenty-four v-mail letters, written to and from Kern and loved ones. In his letters to family members and friends, he describes his life in vivid details from when he was a student at Purdue University, from his different assignments in the Air Corps, and until his death in Germany. His letters show the different envelopes represent the numerous places he has been with different sender addresses and types...
Dates: 1938 - 1945

Military related materials, 1943 - 1945

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 6
Scope and Contents Materials include three different maps representing the three phases of Kern's final mission in World War II. One second map, second phase, there are markings of where Kern crashed his plane. These maps show the progression of discovery of military installations as well as the mission objectives. Miscellaneous items that Kern had throughout his time in the military include a 1945 certificate of membership from The American National Red Cross; correspondence from Ann Blyth which...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1943 - 1945

Newspapers and newspaper clippings

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 7
Scope and Contents This series consists of newspapers from either Purdue publications such as Purdue Exponent and The Yellow Dog or other publications such as The Chicago Daily News and The Stars and Stripes. Also included are various newspapers clippings are included about Kern, more specifically about his death in the war. Some have the following titles; "Named Fildom's Best for 1941", and "When" by Charles T Holman as well as one with photographs of "As British Took Over an Ancient Syrain City".
Dates: 1938 - 1945

As a student at Purdue University, 1940 - 1943

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 4, File 1
Scope and Contents Materials include candid photographs of members in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1943

Military, 1943 - 1945

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 4, File 2
Scope and Contents Photographs are from Kern's time in the military which include photographs of him in uniform in numerous different places as well as a couple of group photos featuring the Officer Candidate Class No. 94 in 1943. Also included are photographs sent from Lieutenant Willis Schalliol to the Kern family featuring Schalliol and his wife as well as landscape photographs of places they were at overseas.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1943 - 1945

Portraits of Kern

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 4, File 3
Scope and Contents Photographs include several portraits of Kern throughout his life as well as one portrait of his sister, Ruth.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1945

Purdue Magazines, 1942 - 1945

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 5, File 1
Scope and Contents Materials include an issue of "PMO Notes" dated December 1944 (Purdue Musical Organizations) and numerous issues of the "Purdue Alumnus". Also included is "Purdue vs. Indiana Official Program and Athletic Review" for November 21, 1942.
Dates: 1942 - 1945

Class materials, 1940 - 1943

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 6
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 5, File 2
Scope and Contents Materials include papers and items from his classes at Purdue such as “Elements of Casting and Welding for Students in General Engineering 34 at Purdue University” by C.T. Marek and R.W. Lindley, a term paper, and grade reports.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1943

Student Life , 1940 - 1943

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 5, File 3
Scope and Contents Materials consist of items that Kern gathered as a student at Purdue which include a student ticket for a basketball game, bookmarks, an "University Handbook" for 1940-1941, a "Purdue Memorial Union Building" brochure, a "Harem Scarem or The Sultan is a Lady" presented by Purdue Dads' and Mothers' Association program, a final exam schedule for engineering freshmen for 1939-1940, several brouchures for redsidence halls, and a poster for a Purdue Orchestra event.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1943

Commencement, 1943

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 8
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 5, File 4
Scope and Contents Materials included are for the 1943 August Commencement which consist of a commencement program booklet and list of candidates for graduation.
Dates: 1943

Various Newspaper Clippings, 1943 - 1945

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 7, File 1
Scope and Contents From the Series: This series consists of newspapers from either Purdue publications such as Purdue Exponent and The Yellow Dog or other publications such as The Chicago Daily News and The Stars and Stripes. Also included are various newspapers clippings are included about Kern, more specifically about his death in the war. Some have the following titles; "Named Fildom's Best for 1941", and "When" by Charles T Holman as well as one with photographs of "As British Took Over an Ancient Syrain City".
Dates: Majority of material found within 1943 - 1945

Maps of Kern's final mission, April 1 - 4, 1945

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 9
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 6, File 1
Scope and Contents These are maps representing the three phases of the mission that Kern was killed in. It has the misson objectives listed as well as known enemy installations plotted on the map. On the second phase, a marking was made to show where Kern was shot down and where his crash occurred in the phase called "Closing the Rhur Pocket".
Dates: April 1 - 4, 1945

Miscellaneous items from Kern's time in military

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 10
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 6, File 2
Scope and Contents From the Series: Materials include three different maps representing the three phases of Kern's final mission in World War II. One second map, second phase, there are markings of where Kern crashed his plane. These maps show the progression of discovery of military installations as well as the mission objectives. Miscellaneous items that Kern had throughout his time in the military include a 1945 certificate of membership from The American National Red Cross; correspondence from Ann Blyth which...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1943 - 1945