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Walter V. Hankla Collection

Identifier: MSS-0061

Scope and Contents

This collection contains postcards and a souvenir book from Paris, France. There are series of postcards from the United States, Mexico, and Japan with as-needed sub-series describing the specific geographic location the postcard depicts. The postcards from the United States and Mexico date from approximately 1930 to 1950. This approximation is based on their material qualities, publishing information, format, and the few post-dated postcards available. The time frame of the postcards from Japan are unknown but suspected to be from around the same time as it is assumed they arrived in an envelope (included in the collection) post-dated 1954. The souvenir book titled “Souvenir de Paris” is located in the back of box 1 of Hankla Collection. It contains 12 leporello black and white photographs of landmarks in Paris, France cabinet cards. Based on research, it is meant to have 20 photographs and should be in leporello format. This book is from the publisher Rommler & Jonas in Dresden (founded in 1871), Germany and from approximately 1870 to 1900, as suggested by the format of the photographs (cabinet-cards) and rounded corners of each card.


  • 1870 - 1950
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1950

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

Southwestern University Special Collections and Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from SU Special Collections and Archives before any publication use. Special Collections does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Vernon Hankla was born in 1929 and died at the age of 41 in 1971. He was married to Ann Hollis Hankla in 1954 and they had four children. In 1949, Walter Hankla was a sophomore at Southwestern University. In 1982, the Hankla Scholarship was established at Southwestern University in honor of Air Force Major Walter V. Hankla by his parents, William and Edwina Hankla, both alumni of Southwestern University’s class of 1923.


0.52 Linear Feet

Language of Materials




This collection contains postcards documenting various landmarks and buildings in the United States, Mexico, and Japan. Also included in this collection is a souvenir book of photographs from Paris.


This collection is arranged into three series and follows this order in Box 1. The first series is United States with the alphabetically arranged subseries of Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. In each subseries, the items are arranged by serial number (if applicable) and like items are grouped together. The second series is International and includes the alphabetically arranged subseries of Japan and Mexico. In each subseries, the items are arranged by serial number (if applicable) and like items are grouped together. The third series is the souvenir book titled “Souvenir de Paris.”

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Walter V. Hankla, 1954

Processing Information

Lauryn Brandon, 2021

Guide to the Walter V. Hankla Postcard Collection
Lauryn Brandon
October 26, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the SU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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