A Guide to the James E. Kreisle Family Papers, 1875-1997
The son of Matthew Ferdinand and Margaret (Hanna) Kreisle, James Edwin Kreisle (1918-2002) grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1942. The following year, he enlisted as a medical officer in the U. S. Army, training at Camp Hood and Camp Maxey in Texas. In 1944, Kreisle joined the 45th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), codenamed "Deliver," and shipped out to Europe, serving under the codename "Deliver-6" in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. After the war, he married Natalie A. Robie, the widow of Captain Theodore P. Robie, and the couple resided in Austin, Texas. In 1990, Kreisle published Deliver-6: Letters from the ETO, a compilation of his World War II letters with explanations.
Comprised of correspondence, publications, printed materials, photographs, a ledger, and a manuscript, the James E. Kreisle Family Papers, 1875-1997, chronicle Kreisle’s experience as a student at Harvard Medical School and as a medical officer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Correspondence, 1938-1990, discusses his academic and military activities, including training in Texas, descriptions of the weather and terrain, local peoples in Europe, and reminiscences with fellow officers. Compiled from Kreisle’s wartime letters, a handwritten draft and the 1990 publication of Deliver-6: Letters from the ETO documents his time in the European Theater of Operations, explaining topics discussed in his missives as well as previously unwritten or censored information about his activities. Publications and printed material, 1884-1997, includes magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, tourist attractions and historical sites brochures, and maps, such as Time, National Geographic, Harper’s Magazine, St. Nicholas Illustrated, Dallas Morning News, mathematical research articles, and the Giant War Map of the World War from 1941. Additionally, a ledger from J. P. Davie & Co. of Galveston, Texas, 1875-1877, includes itemized mercantile accounts and Buster Brown cartoons, while photographs depict Indianola, Texas, and Kreisle during World War II.
This collection is open for research use.
The donor retains copyright of unpublished materials.
James E. Kreisle Family Papers, 1875-1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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