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Kramer J. Rohfleisch Papers

Identifier: MS-0274

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of research materials used by Kramer Rohfleisch in his work on the history of the Army Air Forces in World War II. The collection includes articles, pamphlets, clippings, training and field handbooks and manuals, ephemera,  miscellaneous materials, and declassified commanders' reports, memos, and letters.  Also included are Rohfleisch's personal training notes and curriculum from the Army Officer Candidate School.

The largest part of the collection consists of declassified, original reports, letters, and memos (both typed and handwritten) sent between operating generals in the Pacific Theater during World War II. These materials cover a huge number of topics related to military involvement in that area, and are annotated in his hand as part of Rohfleisch's extensive research.


  • Creation: 1935-1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Kramer Rohfleisch studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. After serving in Intelligence Operations during World War II, he wrote several histories of the Army Air Forces in the War, concentrating on operations in the South Pacific. He taught history at San Diego State College from 1947 to 1974.


2.50 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series: I. Printed Materials and Ephemera II. Commanders' Materials

Source of Acquisition

Kramer Rohfleisch



Related Publications

The Army Air Forces in World War II; prepared under the editorship of Wesley Frank Draven and James Lea Cate; v. 4, part I of this publication was written with research materials in this collection.

Related Publications

AAF in the South Pacific to October 1942; and The 13th Air Force; both written by Kramer Rohfleisch and published by the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

Processing Information

This collection was formerly known as the World War I and World War II Manuscript Collection. Series One of that collection (a former pamphlet file dealing with World War I) was separated and relevant materials were cataloged in 2010. The remaining materials became the current collection according to their original provenance.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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