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Series I:Recordings
BOX CD/DVD218 Speech by Leo Joseph Bailey to the Southern Cayuga Central School, 05/15/1987
1 DVD
ID: AFC2001/001/76979 MV01
MV01: DVD of two speeches given by Leo J. Bailey at Southern Cayuga Central School, the first to a social studies class, and the second to a French class. In both, Bailey discusses his war experience in France with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Topics include World War I dog tags, veteran's injury during the war, corresponding with French soldiers and German Prisoners of War, and the United States' entry into the war.
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Series II: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS2121/1 Clippings, 1968-2008
1 folder
MS01: An article about Bailey and his wife traveling to Europe to visit World War I battlefields (1968); an article from The Citizen about Bailey talking about Medal of Honor winner, Louis Van Iersel, includes an image of Bailey at the time (1985); an obituary from the Auburn, New York paper The Citizen for Bailey summarizing his life and information on his family (6/13/1988); an article from the New York Cortland Standard by Martin Sweeney about Bailey's service during World War I (11/24/2008).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2121/2 Correspondence, 1917-1968
1 folder
MS02: 12 pages of 32 transcribed letters from Bailey to his sister, Francis Bailey Heinrich, from 7/18/1917 to 7/11/1919 about his Army service; an original one page handwritten letter from Bailey to his sister, Francis, from a hospital after he was wounded by shrapnel with an envelope addressed by a YMCA volunteer (6/21/1918); an original one page double-sided handwritten letter from Bailey to his mother about his travels and service in Europe (11/17/1918); two copies of a typed letter, one copy is five pages and the other is seven pages with images, from Bailey to his friends about an American Legion trip to Europe from 8/1927 to 10/1927 to visit battle sites and memorials from World War I where his company fought (11/15/1927); a copy of a four page typed letter from Bailey to members of his former company and surviving relatives about his trip and photographs of an American memorial cemetery (10/18/1968).
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BOX-FOLDER OVZ0262/1 Memoirs, 1922-2003
1 folder
MS03: A hard bound 119 page typed manuscript written by Bailey from 1922 to 1926, with additions and handwritten notes through 1964 from people who read it. Documents Bailey's Army service during World War I from 1917 to 1919. Memoir also includes clippings and photographs (some of veteran). The manuscript was later used by Laurence Stallings as basis for the chapter, "The Education of Private Bailey," in his book The Doughboys. Topics include: political situation of United States before entry of war, camp life, French people and customs, the French military and its veterans, combat at Belleau Woods, army hospitals, American Prisoner of War Camps (POW).
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BOX-FOLDER MSS2121/3 Memoirs, 1922-2003
1 folder
MS04: A 168 page transcribed copy of MS03 with scanned images from the memoir.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2121/4 Military Papers, 1919-1921
1 folder
MS05: Bailey discharge certificate (10/25/1919) and certificate of appointment for Bailey as sergeant in Prisoner of War Escort Company 85 (7/18/1921).
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Series III: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS2121/5 Photographic Prints, 1917-1919
1 folder
PH01: An image of Louis Van Iersel (right) standing next to E. B. Evans (a.k.a. Elias Bumbaroff) of Company M, 9th Infantry, wearing their Army uniforms, Soulacourt, Haute-Marne, France (1917 - 1918).
PH02-12: Scenes of the French countryside during the war.
PH10-PH12: feature Bailey.
PH13: A French nurse standing outside, Ile-sur-Fille, France (8/1919).
PH14: A French and Germany cemetery near Reims, France (1919).
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BOX-FOLDER MSS2121/6 Digital Prints, 1919-2010
1 folder
PH15: A black and white portrait of Bailey wearing his Army uniform on leave in Paris, France (4/1919).
PH16: A color image of Bailey kneeling at the grave site of John Thomas in the cemetery at Fère-en-Tardenois, France (1968).
PH17: A color portrait of Bailey standing outside wearing his Army uniform on Memorial Day (5/1987).
PH18: A color image of Margaret Bailey Redmond holding her father's memoir with the transcribed version (2010).
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