Thesa Jolly family papers
Scope and Contents
The Thesa Jolly family papers (1951-2016, bulk 1970-1974), consist of correspondence, articles, clippings, postcards, brochures, slides, photos, books, and ephemera created and collected by Thesa Jolly and relating predominantly to her time in the Peace Corps in Korea and also well to her father, Marine Corps Lieutenant Donald Jolly. The majority of the material is comprised of correspondence in the form of written letters and cards, largely from Thesa to Donald and her mother, and brochures, guides, memos, clippings, and articles mainly relating to the Peace Corps with some items specific to Donald Jolly's military career.
The collection also consists of ephemera in the form of stamps, handkerchiefs, framed artwork, flower patches, a Ten Won note, parchment, a plaque, travel related items, postcards, yearbooks, and the Korean game Yoot. The remainder of the collection comprises some photos and slides, a few financial documents, a syllabus, and a copy of the Holy Bible belonging to Donald Jolly (inscribed and annotated).
- 1951 - 2016
- Majority of material found within 1970 - 1974
- Jolly, Donald (Person)
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Advance notice required for access.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Thesa Jolly was born circa 1950 to Donald and Jean Jolly and is the younger of two daughters. After completing college, Thesa joined the Peace Corps in Korea, serving for two years between the summers of 1972 and 1974.
Her father, Donald Jolly, was born in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1922. He attended Chapman College and studied for the ministry at Pittsburgh-Xenia seminary, graduating in 1945. From 1945 to 1947, he was the assistant minister at Salinas United Presbyterian Church. In 1947 he joined the Navy Chaplaincy, serving a number of stations including El Toro Marine Corps, USS Renville, and Navy Communication Station. From July 1951 to February 1952, Jolly served with the Fifth Marines and the First Combat Service group in Korea during the Korean War. He received a Letter of Commendation for his service. Thereafter, he was stationed with the 12th Marines, Third Marine Division in Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, California.
1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Thesa Jolly was an American volunteer of the Peace Corps in Korea from July 1972-1974. Her father, Donald Jolly, was a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. This small collection comprises primarily correspondence, clippings, brochures, guides, memos, and articles relating both personally and professionally to Thesa and Donald Jolly. The collection also includes various forms of ephemera, photos, slides, and a few books.
Items are arranged alphabetically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Thesa Jolly.
- Jolly, Donald -- Archives
- Jolly, Thesa -- Archives
- Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Naval operations -- Archival resources
- Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives -- Archival resources
- Peace Corps/Korea
- Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- Archival resources
- Printed ephemera
- United States. Marine Corps. Marine Regiment, 5th. Battalion, 1st -- Archives
- United States. Navy -- Archives
- United States. Navy. Chaplain Corps -- Archives
- Volunteers -- Korea (South) -- Archival resources
- Finding aid for the Thesa Jolly family papers
- Sarah Cassone
- 2018 May
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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