World War I Collection

Collection Summary

Title: World War I Collection
Call Number: MS 92-06
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from ADS Autographs
Processed By: TGT, 10-24-1991; JEF, 10-20-1998; MN, 11-26-2013
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The World War I Collection contains the diary of an American artilleryman, Charles Daley, of Naugatuck, Connecticut. His entries describe battles and camp life between 1917 and 1919. Many small, unidentified snapshots and other photographs accompany. Other miscellaneous military records, newspaper clippings, and other documents in the collection relate to Charles Gardner Coffin, another soldier from Catskill, New York. Also included is Howard E. Dudley's certificate of honorable discharge dated 1921.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Photographs taken during World War I. Most are photographs of groups of soldiers or individuals in uniform. There is little accompanying identification on photographs.
Box 1 FF 2 Small notebook diary of Charles Daley, an American artilleryman from Naugatuck, Connecticut. In the diary, Charles describes daily events and activities. He does mention arriving at Nova Scotia on October 11, arriving at a French town on October 31, fighting between November 1 and March 20, and bombarding Germany on April 6. He goes into detail of distances to camp, when the camp sleeps, eats, and other miscellaneous activities. Dating probably from 1917 to 1919, the entries are from October 1 through September 12.
Box 1 FF 3 Form postcard to Charles Coffin's father on February 6, 1919. Charles signs as a sergeant: (1) Charles Coffin's Registration Certificate Card issued June, 1917; (2) Charles Coffin's Military Census and Inventory of the State of New York, issued in 1917; (3) Articles which reproduce Charles Coffin's letters home from the Examiner, October 12, 1918 and October 19, 1918; (4) Order of Induction into Military Service issued May 20, 1918 for Charles Coffin; (5) National Guard Honorable Discharge Certificate issued to Howard E. Dudley on February 1, 1921.
Box 1 FF 4 Publicity card for Charles Coffin as Republican Candidate for District Attorney of Catskill, New York.