date(s):
1892-1988
subject(s):
World War, 1914-1918
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A1802 Rausendorf Family Papers Rausendorf Family Papers A1802 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:32:51 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Rausendorf Family Papers Rausendorf family A1802 3.1 Cubic Feet (5 boxes; 2 oversize folders) 1892-1988 Processing Information Processed by Sonya McDonald, July 2001, and Joy Novak, November 2002. Donor Information The Rausendorf Family Papers were donated to the Missouri Historical Society by Peggy Rausendorf on November 28, 1999. (Acc.No. 2001.110) Biographical Sketch Charles Rausendorf was born in Dresden, Germany, on September 27, 1854, to Karl Gottlieb Rausendorf and Christiane Elizabeth Schafer. He came to the United States in 1883. In 1887, he married Caroline Sharp (1864-1953), who was born in Jefferson County, Missouri, to Carl Sharp and Maria Hauser. The couple had four children: August (1889-1961), Mathilda (1894-1969), Anna (1896-1913), and Walter (1900-1977). Charles died in Saint Louis in 1917. Mathilda Rausendorf sang in the St. Louis Opera Chorus. She may also have sung in the San Francisco Opera Chorus. She was married to Walter Oster. August Henry Rausendorf served in World War I. In 1922, he married Olivia Marie Raining (1895-1977), daughter of John F. Raining and Kathryn Bender. In 1927, the couple went on a European tour with the American Legion, visiting his family in Dresden. The couple had one child, Raymond Rausendorf. Raymond Rausendorf was born on December 2, 1923. On February 15, 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and went through basic training at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas. After basic training, he served with the 234th QM Salvage Collecting Company, stationed at Camp Ellis, Illinois. He left for overseas duty on January 25, 1944, and served in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands, and as part of the occupation forces in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to the United States on January 13, 1946, and resumed his studies at Westminister College in Fulton, Missouri. In 1952, he married Peggy Jo Wilson, daughter of Perry Wood Wilson and niece to A.C. Bruce. He died on August 30, 1995 in Chesterfield, Missouri. Scope and Contents The Rausendorf Family Papers consist of correspondence, including letters written during World War I and World War II, family records, passports, certificates, notebooks, programs, newspaper clippings, journals, medals, and foreign currency. The Family Records consist of general Rausendorf family documents, ranging in date from 1864 to 1947, including ancestry charts, Charles Rausendorf’s citizenship papers, baptismal certificates, confirmation certificates, Mathilda Rausendorf’s birth certificate, real estate deeds, certificates of title, New St. Marcus Cemetery deeds, Charles Rausendorf’s last will and testament, and Caroline Rausendorf’s last will and testament. The Caroline Rausendorf folder consists of materials ranging in date from 1918 to 1947, including correspondence, defense savings bonds, ration books, and a passport. The August Rausendorf folders include a night school completion certificate, military documents, World War I correspondence with his mother and his wife, Olivia, general correspondence, expense notebooks, a Lutheran church membership certificate, and American Legion documents, including Olivia Rausendorf’s identification card dated 1927. The materials range in date from 1909 to 1961. The Walter Rausendorf folder includes a school certificate and ceremony program from 1916. The Perry Wood Wilson folders include military documents, World War I correspondence with family, and business correspondence, ranging in date from 1918 to 1988. The A.C. Bruce folder includes miscellaneous membership cards, finance notebooks, and receipts. The Mathilda Rausendorf folders include personal journals, programs, ticket stubs, clippings, correspondence primarily with family, notebooks, organization membership certificates, receipts, and a passport dated 1969. Materials range in date from 1914 to 1969. The Raymond Rausendorf boxes contain primarily World War II correspondence both to and from Raymond. Letters from Ray Rausendorf to his parents that were originally bound by Olivia Rausendorf in scrapbooks have been arranged chronologically in boxes 3 and 4. The letters were originally in envelopes pasted into scrapbooks, with the date the letter was written and the date the letter was received written above the envelope. Some of the letters had incorrect dates or date information missing. These letters have the corrected date information on the lower left corner on the back of the letter. Loose items from the ends of the scrapbooks can be found at the end of each box. Box 5 contains letters between Ray and his parents, dated 1943, and correspondence to or from others. The items in Box 5 were originally stored in a plastic bag. This box also includes newspaper clippings, receipts, notes, and other documents regarding Clayton High School, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and Westminster College. All materials range in date from 1924 to 1966. Arrangement The collection is arranged in the following series: Family Records Series , Caroline Rausendorf Series , August Rausendorf Series , Walter Rausendorf Series , Perry Wood Wilson Series , A.C. Bruce Series , Mathilda Rausendorf Series , and Raymond Rausendorf Series . The papers are arranged by the names of family members, with the papers for each individual arranged chronologically. Separated Materials Photographs and publications were transferred to the Photos and Prints Department and the Library. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Rausendorf Family Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Clubs -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Families -- Missouri -- Saint Louis German Americans -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Rausendorf family -- Genealogy United States -- Armed Forces World War, 1914-1918 World War, 1939-1945 -- France Rausendorf, August Henry Rausendorf, Caroline Rausendorf, Charles, 1854-1917 Rausendorf, Mathilda Rausendorf, Perry Wood Rausendorf, Raymond, 1923-1995 Rausendorf, Walter Bruce, A.C. Rausendorf Family Records Series Ancestry charts. No date 1 1 Birth and church certificates. 1864-1915 1 2 Deeds and wills. 1903-1947 1 3 Graduation program from Adams School kindergarten, 1916, and graduation announcement for St. Louis Central High School, 1920. 1916; 1920 1 4 Caroline Rausendorf Series Documents. 1918-1947 1 5 August Rausendorf Series Documents. 1909-1918 1 6 World War I correspondence. 1918-1919 1 7 Documents. 1919-1927 1 8 Documents. 1928-1929 1 9 World War II registration certificate and correspondence. 1942-1944 1 10 Documents. 1951-1961 1 11 Walter Rausendorf Series School certificate and ceremony program. 1916 1 12 Perry Wood Wilson Series Documents. 1918-1951 1 13 Documents. 1960-1988 1 14 A.C. Bruce Series Membership cards, finance notebooks, and receipts. No date 1 15 Mathilda Rausendorf Series Journal. 1914-1918 2 1 Document. 1916 2 2 Documents; Liederkranz Club. 1922-1924 2 3 Documents; Liederkranz Club. 1926-1931 2 4 Documents; “The Miracle.” 1927 2 5 Documents. 1930 2 6 Documents; Liederkranz Club. 1932-1936 2 7 Documents; Saint Louis Grand Opera Company. 1937-1938 2 8 Documents. 1939 2 9 Documents; Liederkranz Club. 1938-1945 2 10 Documents; Golden Eagle Club. 1942-1944 2 11 Documents; Golden Eagle Club. 1945-1947 2 12 Documents. 1968-1969 2 13 Raymond Rausendorf Series Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Jan 3 1 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Jan 3 2 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Feb 3 3 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Mar 3 4 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Apr 3 5 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 May 3 6 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 June 3 7 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 July 3 8 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. Includes a letter from Chaplain Charles J. Fabling, dated Feb 23, 1944. 1944 Aug 3 9 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Sept 3 10 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Oct 3 11 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1944 Nov 3 12 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. Includes letter from James S. Hill, dated Christmas 1944. 1944 Dec 3 13 Documents. Includes two letters from Ruth Mason to Mrs. A.H. Rausendorf and one letter from Mrs. Earl T. Moore to Mrs. A.H. Rausendorf. All items in this folder found loose at the end of the scrapbook. 1944 Nov-Dec 3 14 Documents. All items in this folder found loose at the end of Olivia Rausendorf Scrapbook 1. 1943 Apr-1944 July, no date 3 15 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Jan 4 1 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Feb 4 2 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Mar 4 3 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Apr 4 4 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 May 4 5 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 June 4 6 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 July 4 7 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. Includes letters commenting on the atomic bombing of Japan. 1945 Aug 4 8 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. Includes photographs of Japanese soldiers. 1945 Sept 4 9 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Oct 4 10 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Nov 4 11 Letters from Raymond Rausendorf to his parents. 1945 Dec 4 12 Documents. All items in this folder were found loose at the end of Olivia Rausendorf Scrapbook 2. 1945 Jan-1946 Jan, no date 4 13 Documents. 1924-1938 5 1 Documents. 1941-1942 5 2 Documents. 1942 5 3 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents, Uncle Walter, Jack Egan, Sue Seschen, and Grandma Raining. 1943 Feb-Mar 9 5 4 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents, Amanda Von der Au, Alfred R. Naunheim, and Sue Seschen. 1943 Mar 10-19 5 5 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents and Sue Seschen. 1943 Mar 21-31 5 6 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents, Uncle Walter, and Grandma Raining. 1943 Apr 1-10 5 7 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents, Sue Seschen, James A. Shaw, and Iota Chapter #506 O.C.S. 1943 Apr 11-30 5 8 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents and Vance Moore. 1943 May 5 9 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents. 1943 June-Sept 5 10 Correspondence between Raymond and his parents, Roy Eugene Williams, and John J. Moser, Jr. 1943 Oct-Dec, no date 5 11 Documents. Includes Nagoya booklet, Erker’s Photographic Works envelope, Atami Spa envelope, and newspaper clippings. 1943-1945 5 12 Unidentified notes and a notebook with a list of letters and packages sent to Ray. 1944-1945 5 13 Tickets for events at Westminster College and newspaper clippings. 1946 5 14 Graduation announcement and diploma from Westminster College. 1948-1966 5 15 Ray Rausendorf photograph album. 1943-1945; no date 6 Olivia Rausendorf scrapbook 1. 1944 6 Olivia Rausendorf scrapbook 2. 1945 7