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Joe and Dorothy Hartzer-Corcoran Correspondence

Identifier: MSS 0505

Scope and Content

The Joe and Dorothy Hartzer-Corcoran Correspondence houses the correspondence of the Hartzer family. This collection, which dates from 1943 to 1979 consists of letters, and postcards belonging to the Hartzer Family. The correspondence includes letters from Joseph Hartzer to Dorothy (Corcoran) before they were married, Marguerite Corcoran to Dorothy Corcoran at Sweet Briar College, and Jacksonville resident’s postcards and letters to the Hartzer family. Also included is an annotated map of Chicago from when Joe lived there and an English paper written by Dorothy on “The Mulholland Mansion” in 1942.


  • Creation: 1943 - 1979



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joe Hartzer was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1917. During World War II he served in the Pacific in the Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, he flew air transports and bombers. Hartzer was briefly stationed in California before moving to Chicago. He married Dorothy (Corcoran) in 1947 and they moved to Jacksonville, Florida in the 1950’s. He worked in real estate and insurance. Hartzer passed away on December 14, 1999 age 82.

Dorothy Elise (Corcoran) was born to Marguerite and Arthur Adams Corcoran. Marguerite and Arthur Corcoran moved to Palatka, Florida from Michigan to establish and run the Wilson Cypress Company. They owned a home at "Sunny Point" on the St. Johns River. They also built a cypress ocean front home in Ponte Vedra. As well as a home in Old Ortega, Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida and were neighbors and friends to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Dorothy (Corcoran) was a student at Sweet Briar College in the 1940’s and married Joe Hartzer in 1947. She died in 1995.


1.03 Linear Feet (3 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence of the Hartzer-Corcoran family including letters and postcards that describe life in North Central Florida.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jeff Hartzer (Grandson of Marguerite and Arthur Adams Corcoran) in 2014.

A Guide to the Joe and Dorothy Hartzer-Corcoran Correspondence
Finding aid created by Jacob Neal
February 2022
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America