Guide to the Alton L. Flanders World War I Correspondence Collection, 1918-1919

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Alton L. Flanders World War I Correspondence Collection
Dates: 1918-1919
Identification: SC/ALF
Creator: Flanders, Alton L.
Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Alton L. Flanders served in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines infantry battalion during World War I. The collection consists of four letters he sent to his cousin Mrs. Jason Coppernoll in Johnstown, NY, in which he documents his experiences at Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusettes in 1918, and while stationed in France with the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) in 1918 and 1919.

Biographical Information:

Alton L. Flanders served in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines infantry battalion during World War I.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Alton L. Flanders World War I Correspondence Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Scope and Contents

This collection of letters from Alton L. Flanders to his cousin Mrs. Jason Coppernoll in Johnstown, NY, documents Flanders' experiences in training and while stationed in France with the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) during World War I. In the first letter Flanders writes from Camp Devens in Ayer, Massachusettes about training, his roommate, and visits home. In later letters, sent from France, he writes of the weather, going to the movies, and being in the hospital for 2 months while suffering from the Spanish Flu. The letters are written on YMCA stationary, and the envelopes of those sent from France are stamped "AEF Passed as Censored" on the front.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Letter to Mrs. Jason Coppernoll, 1918 February 13

Box 1, Folder 2

Letter to Mrs. Jason Coppernoll, 1918 April 5

Box 1, Folder 3

Letter to Mrs. Jason Coppernoll, 1918 May 31

Box 1, Folder 4

Letter to Mrs. Jason Coppernoll, 1919 February 26