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Thesa Jolly family papers

Identifier: 3314

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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).


  • Creation: 1951 - 2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Finding aid for the Thesa Jolly family papers
Sarah Cassone
2018 May
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States