Guide to the Hoff Family Correspondence, 1917-2002, bulk 1941-1945

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Reference Code: USGZE UHC 387

Accession Number: 24-004

Collection Number: UHC 387

Creator: Harry Hoff; Olaf Hoff; Warren Hoff; Edwin Peterson; Glenn Sauer; Karen (Hoff) Gustafson

Title: Hoff Family Correspondence

Dates: 1917-2002, bulk 1917, 1941-1945

Quantity: .2 linear feet

Location of Collection: A9/2d (half archives box)

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Correspondence and biographical materials from the Hoff families time in World War I and World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Hoff Family Correspondence includes material from the family’s time in the World Wars. In 1917, Edwin Peterson (Karen Gustafson’s maternal uncle) enlisted in World War I. He fought until August 3, 1918, where he died during battle.

Gustafson’s paternal uncle, Olaf Hoff, enlisted on July 29, 1917. After his service, Hoff was active in the American Legion and contributed his time and money to local organizations like Junior Legion Baseball, the Eau Claire Bears, the Eau Claire Braves, and the Flying Eagles Ski Club. Hoff also owned the Hoff Produce Co. for more than 15 years. Olaf Hoff’s correspondence are between him and his siblings during his first year of service. The bulk of his letters are to his brother Harry, also Gustafson’s father.

On April 9, 1941, Gustafson’s uncle Glenn Sauer enlisted in the Army for World War II until he was honorably discharged on June 13, 1945. The majority of the collection consists of Sauer’s letters to his nephew Warren from 1941-1945.

Content Description

The Hoff Family Papers consist of letters and biographical information from Edwin Peterson’s, Olaf Hoff’s, and Glenn Sauer’s time serving during the first World Wars. The material ranges from 1917-2002, with the bulk from 1917 and 1941-1945.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire by Karen Gustafson on July 27, 2023.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open to the public but cannot be shared through social media by any party for a period of 25 years from the acquisition of the collection.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright [not] owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Processing Note: Processed by Guinevere Fischer in September 2023.

Arrangement: Flat Arrangement.

OCLC #: 


Personal Names:
Edwin Peterson
Glenn Sauer
Karen Gustafson
Karen Hoff
Olaf Hoff
Warren Hoff

Corporate Names:
American Legion
Eau Claire Bears
Eau Claire Braves
Flying Eagles Ski Club
Hoff Produce Co.
Junior Legion Baseball
United States Army

Subject Terms:
Pearl Harbor
World War I
World War II

Geographical Terms:
Camp Shelby, Missouri
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Fort Riely, Kansas
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
New Guinea, Australia
San Francisco, California
Syracuse, New York

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: The Hoff Family Papers
Letters and biographical information from Edwin Peterson’s, Olaf Hoff’s, and Glenn Sauer’s time serving during the first World Wars.
Dates: 1917-2002, bulk 1917, 1941-1945
Extent: .2 linear feet






Edwin Peterson Biographical Material



Olaf Hoff Biographical Information

June 17, 1919- November 18, 1959


Olaf Hoff Correspondence

July 23, 1917- October 31, 1917


Glenn Sauer Correspondence

April 22, 1941- January 12, 1945


Glenn Sauer Biographical Information

June 13, 1945-August 22, 2002