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A Guide to the B.L. Pemstein Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pemstein, Bernard L.
Title: B.L. Pemstein Papers
Dates: 1943-1944
Abstract: Correspondence of B.L. "Bunny" Pemstein, a young Jewish Navy recruit stationed at Key West during World War II.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 Box.
Identification: Ms 200
Language(s): English

Scope and Content

The collection primarily is comprised of correspondence written in 1943-1944 by B.L. "Bunny" Pemstein, a young Jewish Navy recruit stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Key West during World War II. The letters are addressed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Pemstein, in Worcester, Massachusetts. The letters provide valuable information about life at a South Florida Naval station during the war. Pemstein discusses his training and work as a hospital corpsman, his off duty activities, baseball, his dating of Waves and other women, and the war itself. Some of the letters include enclosures such as photographs and news clippings, as well as copies of "The Scalpel," the newsletter for the Naval Hospital.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

The Naval Historical Collection of the Naval War College in Rhode Island holds a set of Bernard L. Pemstein Papers comprised of correspondence sent from the Training Station in Newport and from the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA, in 1943.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], B.L. Pemstein Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Correspondence. September-October 1943
1 Correspondence. November 1943
1 Correspondence. December 1943
1 Correspondence. January 1944
1 Correspondence. February 1944
1 Correspondence. March 1944
1 Correspondence. April 1944
1 Correspondence. May 1944
1 Correspondence. June 1944
1 Correspondence. July 1944
1 Correspondence. August 1944

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Key West (Fla.) -- Description and travel -- 20th century.
United States. Navy -- Military life.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Hospitals -- Florida.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Jewish.

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