Biographical Note: Herbert W. Kuhm was born on February 25, 1898. He graduated from North Division High School in Milwaukee in June 1916. After graduation, Kuhm worked at the Milwaukee Sentinel and attended night classes in Marquette University's School of Journalism. He entered the College of Dentistry in 1917. He participated in the short-lived Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), a government program designed to prepare pre-draft age men for service in the army and navy. As a junior, he was one of two students in charge of the school's morgue. During his senior year, he wrote a popular comic sketch for the all-university vaudeville show; helped organize the Harlequins, a student dramatic club; and served as humor editor of the student annual, The Hilltop. Kuhm graduated from Marquette in June 1921. He died in August 1979.
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Scope and Content: The collection consists of a single scrapbook assembled by Herbert W. Kuhm during his undergraduate years at Marquette University, 1917-1923. It includes photographs, clippings, and ephemera documenting his activities with the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.); the College of Dentistry; the Harlequins, a student drama group; and the student annual, The Hilltop. The scrapbook contains remarkable, graphic photographs of the College of Dentistry's morgue, annotated with Kuhm's mocking commentary, and colorful ephemera relating to campus performing arts.