Guide to the Ethyl Hoffman Guthrie and John Guthrie Papers 1925-1962 MG 1644


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material

Administrative Information

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Guthrie Papers

Guide to the Ethyl Hoffman Guthrie and John Guthrie Papers
MG 1644
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
(973) 596-8500 x249
© 2006 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Processed by Evan Panayi, May 2006.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. June 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Guthrie, Ethyl Hoffman.
Title: Ethyl Hoffman Guthrie and John Guthrie Papers
Dates: 1925-1962
Abstract: World War II era records of a New Jersey couple, Ethyl Hoffman Guthrie and John Guthrie, including WACS related items, and Selective Service items.
Quantity: .33 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 1644

Biographical Note

This collection contains World War II era material about Ethyl Hoffman Guthrie and her husband John E. H. Guthrie. She is referred to as Ethyl Hoffman through her military records. Ms. Hoffman was part of the WAAC (Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) during World War II and lived in Irvington, NJ. She enlisted on August 4, 1943 and was activated for active duty August 23 1943. She completed her training at Ft. Des Moines in Iowa. She then served overseas as a member of WAAC from January 1, 1944 until June 11, 1945. While overseas, she served as a switchboard operator where she earned various service medals including 3 Bronze Service Stars and a WAAC Service Medal. She also participated in numerous battles and campaigns for the Allies, including Naples Foggia, North Aapennines and Rome Arno.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, John E. H.Guthrie served as a dentist in the Newark area. He became a member of the New Jersey Board of Health in 1938. He also received many accolades from the city of Newark for his service as at the Newark City Hospital. In 1937, he was inducted as a member of the National Guard. He also was part of the U.S. war effort by participating in Selective Service from 1940-1944. During that time, he earned various honors from the President for his duty for Selective Service.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of various materials from the World War II era including many WAAC related military documents, newspaper clippings, event programs, and correspondence from overseas, inlcuding postcards, Christmas cards and V-Mail. There are photographs of Ethyl Hoffman in military uniform. There are also medical records for Augusta Hoffman (Ethyl’s mother) from after the war.

In addition to the documents pertaining to Ethyl Hoffman, there are various documents pertaining to her husband John Guthrie and his service as a dentist. There are certificates of completion for Army Extension Courses. There is also a small amount of military correspondence pertaining to John Guthrie and a physical exam report. There are certificates and membership cards from the New Jersey Department of Health, Selective Service and Newark City Hospital (including a folder of oversized certificates and diplomas).

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

This collection contains many fragile documents, please handle with care.

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Guthrie, Ethyl Hoffman, b. 1910.
Guthrie, John E.H., b. 1884.
Hoffman, Augusta.
Subject Organizations:
New Jersey. State Dept. of Health.
United States. Army.
United States. Army. Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.
United States. Army–Dental care.
United States. Selective Service System.
United States–Armed Forces–Women.
Subject Topics:
Dentistry–New Jersey–Newark.
Dentists–New Jersey–Newark.
Telephone operators.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945–Participation, Female.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Irvington (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
United States–National Guard.
Document Types:
Letters (Correspondence)
Membership cards.
Military records.

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Related Material

For related material at the New Jersey Historical Society, see:

Manuscript Group 1337, Merritt Family

Manuscript Group 1391, Thomas Kovanich (d. 1945), World War II soldier

Manuscript Group 1395, Droppa Family

Manuscript Group 1517, Mueller Family (Newark, NJ)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1644, Ethyl Hoffman Guthrie and John Guthrie Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Susan O’Donnell on April, 1998.

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Container List

Guthrie Papers

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Ethyl Hoffman military documents 1925-1962
1 2 Ethyl Hoffman official headquarters documents 1942-1945
1 3 Ethyl Hoffman photographs (including 2 photographs of unidentified people) ca. 1940s
1 4 Ethyl Hoffman correspondence: postcards from Italy, Christmas cards, V-mail ca. 1940s
1 5 Ethyl Hoffman miscellaneous: invitations to military social events, event programs, WAC informational pamphlet, membership cards, checks. ca. 1940s
1 6 Ethyl Hoffman newspaper clippings ca. 1940s
1 7 Augusta Hoffman (Ethyl’s mother) hospital records for Irvington General Hospital, ambulance receipts, Essex County Blood Bank information 1948-1949
1 8 John Guthrie certificates, military correspondence,membership cards 1925-1942
Folder Title Date
OS John Guthrie diplomas and certificates 1912-1944

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