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1936 Olympics Collection

Identifier: MS-2020-21

Content Note

This collection contains photos, information cards, newspaper clippings, correspondence, an interview transcript, essays, and a magazine article related to the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany. The materials belonged to two women: Esther Wenzel, who attended the Olympics as a spectator, and Veda Brown who had a pen pal in Germany at the time of the Olympics.


  • 1936 - 2004

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Biographical / Historical

In 1936, Germany, under Nazi rule, hosted the Olympic Games. Wichita State University alumna Esther Wenzel attended the games as part of a trip sponsored by her graduate school at the University of Michigan. Wichita State University alumnus Harold Manning was competing in the Olympics in track and field and showed Wenzel around. She wrote several essays and later gave an interview about her experiences. Veda Brown had a pen pal in Germany at the time of the Olympics. The pen pal sent her newspaper clippings and information cards about the preparations and celebrations surrounding the games. Wenzel and Brown’s materials arrived at Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 2008 and 2009 respectively.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Series 1 -- Esther Wenzel's Materials, 1936-2004
Subseries 1.1 -- Esther Wenzel's Essays, undated
Subseries 1.2 -- Esther Wenzel's Olympics Memorabilia, 1936
Subseries 1.3 -- Esther Wenzel Interview and Article, 1998 and 2004
Series 2 -- Veda Brown's Materials, 1936

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown source, 2008 and 2009

Processing Information

ALM, 2020-05

1936 Olympics Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Special Collections and University Archives
Wichita State University Libraries
1845 Fairmount
Wichita KS 67260-0068