"From the four corners of the earth" World War II as Revealed in the Muhlenberg College Archives

Muhlenberg College World War II Correspondence Collection Finding Aid
Muhlenberg College World War II Navy V-12 and V-5 Collection Finding Aid

Trexler Library's new exhibit celebrates the contributions and correspondence of Muhlenberg students and alumni in World War II.

On Display in the Rare Books Exhibit Room, Level B, Trexler Library

V-12 Navy students on parade behind Ettinger Hall, 1943.

During World War II, Muhlenberg College staff members Gordon Fister, Director of Public Relations, and John Wagner, Alumni Secretary, corresponded with Muhlenberg students and alumni who were serving in the armed forces. Fister and Wagner attempted to keep current with the addresses of those serving, in order to facilitate communication among the Muhlenberg community. They published a biweekly newsletter which was sent to the troops, and sent gifts of stationery with the image of "General Pete" (John Peter Gabriel) Muhlenberg on the letterhead. Wagner himself was on active duty from 1944-46, leaving the bulk of the correspondent responsibilities to Gordon Fister.

Muhlenberg's World War II collections comprise correspondence to and from 262 Muhlenberg students and alumni, in the form of letters, postcards, and V-mail. In addition, photographs, documents, and memorabilia reveal the history of the Navy V-12 and V-5 training programs that were based on campus from 1943-46.


Dr. Bertram Levinstone '42 reads from his 1944 letter to Gordon Fister, Director of Public Relations at Muhlenberg.


Explore where Muhlenberg men served and died.