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Molly Ehrlich Tyler collection on Jewish women's service during World War II

Identifier: umja0018

Scope and Content

This collection consists of original documents and research materials dating from 1941 to 2006. Materials include photographs taken in uniform, original documents and photocopies of government records such as enlistment and discharge records, correspondence, postcards, pins, a cassette tape, and background research and ephemera on women in the military. Each file contains an index card with the woman's name, in what unit she served, when she was born, important family information, her current address, and what she contributed to the collection.


  • 1941-2006


Use of Materials

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives; please contact the archives for more detailed copyright information.

Historical Note

This collection was put together by Molly Ehrlich Tyler starting in the fall of 1990. Ehrlich herself enlisted in the Navy in 1943, serving in the U.S. Naval Women's Reserves, or WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), until 1946 when she returned to St. Paul and attended the University of Minnesota. Ehrlich her research related to fellow women in the services after having been rebuffed from joining the local Jewish War Veterans association. She conducted research and solicited materials related to women who served in various units during and immediately after World War II, including WAVES, WAC, WAAC, Women Marines Corps, Navy Nurse Corps, Army Nurse Corps, and USAF. This collection is comprised of original documents and information about 74 female veterans of World War II from Minnesota and North Dakota.


0.80 Cubic Feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of research conducted and materials collected by Molly Ehrlich Tyler to identify information regarding Jewish women in the Upper Midwest who served in the armed forces during World War II.


This collection consists of two boxes of files; the materials are in a single folder for each individual woman and are arranged alphabetically. If the maiden name of the woman is known, that is listed in parenthesis.

Source of acquisition

Materials donated to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest in 1993 by Molly Ehrlich Tyler; she continued to add to the collection through 2006.
Molly Ehrlich Tyler collection on Jewish women's service during World War II, 1941-2006
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
July 2014
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Collecting Area Details

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