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COLLECTION Identifier: A-165

Papers of Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch, 1916-1960


Correspondence of Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch, teacher and missionary.


  • 1916-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2.5 linear feet (6 file boxes)
The Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch Collection covers the period from 1916 to 1960. The majority of the letters are from Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch to her mother, Mrs. Marguerite Cherry, and her father Mr. E. E. Cherry, Sr. Also included in the collection are occasional letters from Kramer Rohfleisch and Peter Rohfleisch to Mrs. Cherry.


Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch was born in 1910. As a child and adolescent in Los Angeles, California, she was one of the thousand studied by Dr. Louis Terman. She attended Pomona College, Claremont, California, from 1928 to 1932, when she received her B. A. degree in music. She spent her sophomore and junior summers working at Camp Richardson in Lake Tahoe.

After her graduation from Pomona in 1932, she went to Guadalajara, Mexico as a missionary. She left Mexico late in the summer in 1933 to return to California. For the remainder of the year and the first half of the next, she lived with relatives and did housekeeping and childcare.

On May 12, 1934, she married Kramer Rohfleisch, a graduate student at Berkeley. With the exception of one year in Germany just prior to World War II (1936-1937) and a couple of summers at Camp Richardson, she resided in Berkeley from then until 1939. During her years there, she took a few courses and did more housekeeping, childcare, and gardening, in addition to occasional jobs such as canvassing, writing, and social work.

In 1939, she moved with her husband to Santa Ana, California. There she taught music and English and participated in other musical groups. In 1942 she and her husband adopted a son, Peter.

When her husband was in the armed services during the war (1943-1947), they were stationed in Washington, D. C. and Chicago, Illinois. She was, then, most concerned in being a housewife and mother but again did participate in usually informal music groups.

After the war she returned to California: this time La Mesa. She again took up gardening and also taught high school music classes until the mid-1950's. From that time until the correspondence ended, she taught music at San Diego College for Women.


The collection is arranged in three series:
  1. Series I. Correspondence of Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch to Marguerite Cherry
  2. Series II. Correspondence of others to Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession Number: 1652

The papers of Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in July, 1969 by Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch.


  1. Box 1: Folders 1-14
  2. Box 2: Folders 15-25
  3. Box 3: Folders 26-38
  4. Box 4: Folders 39-56
  5. Box 5: Folders 57-75
  6. Box 6: Folders 76-86

Processing Information

Processed: November, 1970
Link to catalog
Rohfleisch, Marjorie Cherry, 1910-1999. Papers of Marjorie Cherry Rohfleisch, 1916-1960: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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