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Edward Henry Loudenbeck collection, 1917-1919

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Series I: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS2191/1-4 Correspondence, 1917-1919
4 folders
MS02: 56 letters written by veteran to his family, primarily to his sisters and brother who lived in Michigan. He tells of his experience during training at Camp Custer, Michigan, and being in battle in France; two letters from his pastor praying for his well-being; letter of appreciation from Pershing to fellow soldiers (2/28/1919), letter has a list of divisions and the number of wounded and casualties on the back. Topics include military and camp life, expenses, updates about Loudenbeck, morality, gender relations between American troops and European women, and news from home. Some letters are transcribed and included in the Mixed Manuscripts series.
BOX-FOLDER MSS165/1 Mixed Manuscripts, 1917-1919
1 folder
MS01: Transcription of Loudenbeck's original diary and correspondence. Diary entries cover training in the United States and combat in France. The diary is a transcribed copy of the original and contains a biographical note written by Loudenbeck's eldest daughter, Thelma Marie, in 1987. The diary documents his time at Camp Custer through his return from Europe. Some letters sent by Loudenbeck to his family are also transcribed. Topics include training camp, military life, farming in France, and summaries of each day. There are several photocopies at the end of the diary including images of Loudenbeck and Dora on their wedding day and the Loudenbeck farm in Michigan. Other photocopies include Loudenbeck's enlistment record and discharge certificate.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2191/5 Printed matter, 1919
1 folder
MS03: Postcards with illustrations related to World War I.
Series II: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS2191/6 Photographs, 1918
1 folder
PH01: Loudenbeck, 2nd from left, with three fellow soldiers in uniform, Camp Greene, North Carolina (1918).

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