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World War I Collection

Identifier: MS-Retro-092
Collection divided into five parts: I) Correspondence between Lieut. J.N. McClure and Ruth Agnes Kerr, 4 letters, 1918-1919, written when McClure was serving overseas (arranged); 2) Letters written (in French) in 1915 by Belgian children thanking the American people for gifts of food (not processed); 3) ca. 50 letters (1917-19) written by Charles Beckwith to his sisters when Beckwith served as a corporal in the U.S. Army, stationed first at Fort Monroe, Virginia and later sent to France with the American Expeditionary Force (arranged). Box 4 contains 43 letters from John Burkin (of Ohio) to his wife Evelyn from August to December 1918, from Camp McClellan in Anniston, Alabama--mostly regarding camp life and the anxiety of going overseas. Box 5 contains 37 letters between Sergeant Kenneth C. Sharpe and his parents, mostly his mother. The letters are dated from 1917 to 1922 and vary in content from aspects of home life during World War I in America and the military life of Sharpe while overseas and in the U.S.


  • 1916 - 1929


Language of Materials

Collection is in English and Belgian French.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.


1.66 Cubic Feet (7 flat manuscript boxes: two oversize, two 8 x 10, and two standard size. )

Biographical / Historical

This composite collection contains the correspondence of Charles Beckwith; a corporal in the U.S. Army, who was stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia, from March 1917 to April 1918. Shortly thereafter, Beckwith was sent to France with the American Expeditionary Force where he served until the end of the war. J. N. McClure; a lieutenant overseas also contributed correspondence to the collection with several letters to Ruth Agnes Kerr.


Collection is arranged into four series: Series I: Belgian Children's Correspondence, Series II: Charles Beckwith Papers, Series III: Burkin Papers, and Series IV: Sharpe Papers. The correspondence between J. N. McClure and Ruth Agnes Kerr, as well as miscellaneous ephemera and manuscripts have been placed in a fifth series titled Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Ephemera.

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

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