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Joella Werlin Papers, 1919-2018
In 1994, Joella Werlin enrolled in an oral history course taught by Charles T. Morrissey where she produced an essay called "Lessons from 'the Perforated Page': Experiences of Anti-semitism at the U. S. Naval Academy in the 1920s," about her father, Joseph S. Werlin. Born to Jacob and Sarah Werlin in Houston, Texas, Joseph Werlin (December 5, 1900- May 30, 1964) attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis as a midshipman from July 1919 through February 1920, when he resigned from his position. Werlin wrote letters describing his experiences with anti-semitism at Annapolis, an experience echoed by the issues faced by Leonard Kaplan, a Jewish classmate whose photo in the Academy yearbook was on a perforated page, allowing it to be torn out by readers. The incident, according to Joella Werlin, received national press at the time and resulted in an investigation ordered by the Acting Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
Correspondence and background research material related to Werlin's essay (cowritten by Charles T. Morrissey) entitled, "Lessons from 'the Perforated Page': Experiences of Anti-semitism at the U. S. Naval Academy in the 1920s." The essay is concerned with her father, Joseph S. Werlin's, experiences at the U. S. Naval Academy in the 1920s. Includes Joella Werlin's recollections of "The Perforated Page," materials relating to Joseph Werlin's appointment to the Naval Academy, correspondence, articles, and photographs.
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Joella Werlin Papers, 1919-2018, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was revised by Elizabeth Seeley, January 2020.