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Dorothy T. Arnold collection, 1904-1932 (majority within 1912-1919)

0.25 linear feet

This collection is primarily made up of photographs, periodicals and clippings, and ephemera related to World War I. The materials pertain to the occupation of France and Belgium, peace efforts, and the American-British-French-Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund, among other subjects.

This collection is primarily made up of photographs, periodicals and clippings, and ephemera related to World War I. The Photographs consist of 422 prints and 240 negatives; a few of the prints are duplicates, and some images are represented by both prints and negatives. Most of the personal photographs were taken in numerous locales in France between 1916 and 1919, often showing rubble and destruction, camouflaged outposts, healthy and wounded Allied soldiers, nurses, medical automobiles and other scenes directly related to the war. Some items feature artillery pieces, dugouts or bunkers, warships, and the front lines; one shows an artillery explosion. German-language signage is visible in a few photographs, as are German and Allied cemeteries and grave markers. One group of images relates to the victory parade held after Woodrow Wilson's arrival in Paris in 1918. Views of French churches, chateaux, and towns are also present. Some of the personal photographs from the war period are informal portraits of French men and women, including a group of girls with large Alsatian hair bows.

The collection contains some commercial photographs, with captions written directly on the negatives. These include views of dead soldiers, artillery pieces, and a picture of a French tank division heading into battle. One captures the explosion of a German mine in Cambria, and one features Ferdinand Foch and John J. Pershing.

Other groups of photographs date from before the war. A group of photographs taken in Albany in 1909 includes a view of the Emma Willard School. One group of prints is comprised of views of Ely Cathedral and the various colleges of the University of Cambridge. Another set concerns a trip to Mexico, particularly Oaxaca and Mitla. These pictures feature natives in local dress (often carrying large loads), an outdoor produce market, and horse- or mule-drawn vehicles.

The Ephemera series includes 5 empty albums once used to house some of the photographic negatives in the collection, including captions. Two empty photograph envelopes are housed with the photographs, as are a Kodak exposure guide, a manual for the No. 0 Graphic Camera, and a number of loose articles laid into the cover of an issue of Kodakery. A group of 19 large broadsides and notices includes items in English, French, and German. Many of these are the German army's posted notices to residents of occupied towns in France and Belgium, which list rules and regulations related to curfews, "voluntary" work, and other aspects of daily life. One lists methods for picking nettles and offers rewards for residents who provide them, one warns against alcohol use, and one contains news about the Germans' progress toward Paris. Also included are three advertisements for French war bonds, a sign encouraging viewers to "Help Re-chickenize Devastated France," and a sign for an Army telephone station.

One group of items pertains to theAmerican-British-French-Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund. This series includes a printed appeals by Helen Keller and the association's leadership, a pamphlet highlighting the organization's work, and reports by numerous organizations seeking to provide relief for blinded soldiers. Items printed in Braille include a list of rules for the Blinded Soldiers' and Sailors' Hostel in London, alphabet cards, a book with raised illustrations of several animals and parts of the human body, and several other items printed only in Braille.

The collection also includes a large number of Periodicals and Printed Items , including complete issues of and extracts from American magazines such as Vogue, the Illustrated London News, Dress & Vanity Fair, and The Red Cross Magazine; French publications such as L'Illustration, La Baionnette, and Les Arts Français; and the Austrian magazine Kikeriki. Many of these include photographs or other illustrations of winter recreational activities and World War I-era soldiers. Newspaper clippings often refer to the progress of World War I and to the peace process; one clipping pertains to the relationship between Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover in 1932. Other printed materials concern Germany's justifications for going to war, the German and Allied delegations' responses to the first draft of the Treaty of Versailles, and the capture of German artillery ("I have captured a boche Machine gun... what can I do with it?"). Other items include a musical score for a Girl Scout song entitled "Onward," French ration tickets, and a hand-colored lithograph by Marcel Jeanjean showing several French soldiers carrying logs across a battle-scarred landscape while smoke rises in the distance.


Edwin F. Conroy scrapbook, 1918-1921 (majority within 1918-1919)

0.25 linear feet

This collection consists of the contents of a scrapbook kept by Effie M. Conroy of the Bronx, New York, who documented the army service of her son, Edwin F. Conroy, a member of the 114th Infantry Regiment during World War I. The scrapbook contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and ephemera related to Conroy, to the 114th Infantry Regiment, and to the 29th "Blue and Gray" Division.

This collection consists of a 54-page scrapbook and 24 related items kept by Effie M. Conroy of the Bronx, New York, who documented the army service of her son Edwin, a member of the 114th Infantry Regiment during World War I. The first pages of the scrapbook mainly hold newspaper clippings, including a collection of humorous anecdotes from Conroy's time working as an attaché at the West Farms Court and later articles documenting the 114th Infantry Regiment and the 29th Division. These clippings, though undated, concern the infantry's service throughout and just after the war, and one item from the Bronx Home News relates Effie's thoughts upon hearing that Edwin had been wounded (p. 13). Several other clippings contain poetry, including a sheet of contributions by soldiers (p. 16), and one is a comic strip about service at the front lines (p. 19).

Correspondence includes a printed letter from Corporal Jos. H. Shea describing his journey to France onboard the SS Princess Matoika (p. 3), a printed letter from General John J. Pershing thanking soldiers for their service (p. 5), and many letters that Conroy wrote to his mother while in training at Camp McClellan, Alabama. Between May and June 1918, Conroy described his railroad journeys to the base, his life at the camp, and his journey to his unit's embarkation point at Newport News, Virginia. While in training, he discussed his daily activities and his anticipated voyage overseas. He wrote one letter on YMCA stationery with a letterhead composed of photographs (p. 29), and two of his postcards depict scenes from Camp McClellan. Though most of his letters date to his time in training, Conroy wrote later letters to Anna Gernand, with whom he shared his impressions of destruction near the front (p. 53), and to his aunt and mother.

Most ephemera items are printed programs, though the collection also holds a pamphlet of songs sung by the American Expeditionary Forces (p. 53) and a medal citation for service in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive (loose ephemera). One program relates to event honoring General Ferdinand Foch in 1921 (loose ephemera).


Mullett Family papers, 1665-1924 (majority within 1825-1924)

1 linear foot — 1 oversize folder

Williamston, Ingham County, Michigan, family. Financial records, clippings, and correspondence relating to Mullett Farm and John Mullett, surveyor; extract, 1864, from Meridian Township Register Book; letterpress book, journal, and correspondence, 1852-1893, of John H. Forster, surveyor, agent for Pewabic Mining Company, Hancock, Mich., and later owner of Springbrook Farm, Ingham County, Michigan; diary, 1840-1841, of Catherine Hall; and map, 1859, of Mullett Farm; and photographs.

The Mullett family collection contains many useful descriptions of the state, and is a good source of information for some of the state's economic and topographic conditions during the 19th century. The papers, 1825-1936, are broken down into four series.


United States Signal Corps photographic collection, 1918-1919

3 volumes, 1 box

The United States Signal Corps Photographic Collection contains approximately 1,630 photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces taken by the Signal Corps during WWI throughout the Western Front. The collection is divided into three volumes and one box, all loosely arranged by topic. General topics include destruction, battlefields and trenches, artillery, monuments, and postwar celebrations.

The United States Signal Corps photographic collection contains approximately 1,630 photos (many of which are duplicates) of the AEF taken by the Signal Corps during WWI throughout the Western Front. The collection is divided into three volumes and one box, all loosely arranged by topic. General topics include the AEF, warfare destruction, battlefields and trenches, artillery, monuments, and postwar celebrations.

Numerous photographs have handwritten and typewriter captions on the back, often stating location and subject matter. Also found on the back are different stamped inscriptions, including "Passed as Censored."

Many photos have an alpha-numeric code handwritten on verso that corresponds to the Catalogue of official A.E.F. Photographs. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1919, which can be found online through the Internet Archive.

Volume 1 contains approximately 270 photographs taken in France, Germany, Belgium, and the U.S. The bulk of these photos are of monuments in Paris, the Palace of Versailles, Rhineland-Palatinate, and unidentified rural areas depicting farmland and civilian life.

Other locations shown include the following (in order of appearance):
  • Paris, France
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Château-Thierry, France
  • Bacharach, Germany
  • Vincennes, France
  • Fontainebleau, France
  • Dordogne, France
  • Pierrefonds, France
  • Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
  • Bendorf, Germany
  • Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
  • Andernach, Germany
  • Altenahr, Germany
  • Pont-à-Mousson, France
  • Saint-Léger, Belgium
  • Humes-Jorquenay, France
  • Montsec, France
  • Varennes-en-Argonne, France
  • Joué-lès-Tours, France
  • Soissons, France
  • Brieulles-sur-Meuse, France
  • Vaux-lès-Palameix, France

Volume 2 contains approximately 270 photographs taken in France, Germany, and Belgium. Much of these photos relate to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, destruction (both urban and rural), casualties, battlefields and trenches, artillery, cemeteries, various AEF training schools, naval operations, and prisoners.

Other locations shown include the following (in order of appearance):
  • La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, France
  • Mayschoß, Germany
  • Forest of Argonne, France
  • Brieulles-sur-Bar, France
  • Les Petites-Armoises, France
  • Varennes-en-Argonne, France
  • Exermont, France
  • Chatel-Chéhéry, France
  • Étraye, France
  • Grandpré, France
  • Cochem, Germany
  • Pinon, France
  • Saint-Remy-la-Calonne, France
  • Montfaucon-d'Argonne, France
  • Berzy-le-Sec, France
  • Dannevoux, France
  • Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France
  • Saint-Quentin, France
  • Soissons, France
  • Ypres, France
  • Hooglede, France
  • Mouzon, Ardennes, France
  • Château-Thierry, France
  • Verdun, France
  • Metz, France
  • Rémonville, France
  • Juvigny, France
  • Péronne, France
  • Chaudun, France
  • Chavignon, France
  • Moirey-Flabas-Crépion, France
  • Reims, France
  • Cambrai, France
  • Neuvilly, France
  • Vaux-Champagne, France
  • Haudiomont, France
  • Paris, France
  • Koblenz (Coblenz), Germany
  • Oberwinter, Germany
  • Mont-Saint-Michel, France
  • Chamonix, France
  • Nanteuil-lès-Meaux, France
  • Lucy, France
  • Thiaucourt-Regniéville, France
  • Seicheprey, France
  • Nonsard-Lamarche, France
  • Colombey-les-Belles, France
  • Épieds, France
  • Boureuilles, France
  • Beaumont, France
  • Dormiers, France
  • Bertricamp, France
  • Bois de Hesse, France
  • Gondrecourt-le-Château, France
  • Langres, France
  • Le Charmel, France
  • Villers-Bretonneux, France
  • Saint-Aignan, France
  • Landreville (Ardennes), France
  • Imécourt, France
  • Nantillois, France
  • Stenay, France
  • Butgnéville, France
  • Le Mort Homme, France
  • Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • Gland, France
  • Herbeville, France
  • Vacherauville, France
  • Baleycourt, France
  • Marseilles, France
  • Vaux-Andigny, France
  • Saint-Juvin, France
  • Brieulles-sur-Meuse, France
  • Bohain-en-Vermandois, France
  • Mézy-sur-Seine, France
  • Badonviller, France
  • Bois de Belleau, France
  • Bazoches, France
  • Châteauvillain, France
  • Ploisy, France
  • Suresnes, France

Volume 3 contains approximately 270 photographs taken in France, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, and the U.S. The most substantial topics are the Treaty of Versailles, postwar parades and celebrations, Interallied Games, U.S. strategic army maps, drawings of army corps and division insignias, and aircrafts. Notable figures include President Woodrow Wilson, General John J. Pershing, Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, President Raymond Poincaré, and Marshal Ferdinand Foch.

Other locations shown include the following (in order of appearance):
  • Chaumont, France
  • Langres, France
  • Versailles, France
  • Paris, France
  • Le Havre, France
  • Sainte-Menehould, France
  • Gironde, France
  • Château-Thierry, France
  • New York City, United States
  • Hoboken, United States
  • Bendorf, Germany
  • London, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Montreux, Switzerland
  • Florence, Italy
  • Vinets, France
  • Reims, France

Box 1 contains approximately 820 photographs taken in France, Germany, Belgium, Monaco, and the U.S. This box contains all of the aforementioned topics supplemented by French Riviera, Loire Valley, ruins of Reims, Château de Fontainebleau, Pyrenees, Alps, AEF, and personal photographs.

Other locations shown include the following (in order of appearance):
  • Ypres, Belgium
  • Albert, France
  • Dun-sur-Meuse, France
  • Reims, France
  • Saint-Quentin, France
  • Montsec, France
  • Cantigny, France
  • Château-Thierry, France
  • Paris, France
  • Koblenz (Coblenz), Germany
  • Meaux, France
  • Vincennes, France
  • Versailles, France
  • Fontainebleau, France
  • Joinville-le-Pont, France
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Lourdes, France
  • Menton, France
  • Nimes, France
  • Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
  • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
  • Mont-Saint-Michel, France
  • Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Azay-le-Rideau, France
  • Loches, France
  • Amboise, France
  • Montrésor, France
  • Le Lude, France
  • Rigny-Ussé, France
  • Saumur, France
  • Chinon, France
  • Langeais, France
  • Blois, France
  • Saint-Savin, France
  • Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France