Register of the John Kohnen Honey papers

Finding aid prepared by Danielle Lopez
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
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© 2008

Title: John Kohnen Honey papers
Date (inclusive): 1917-1919
Collection Number: 79063
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Diaries, letters, correspondence, clippings, postcards, and photographs relating to the American Ambulance Service attached to French Army forces in France during World War I. As a whole, the collection depicts John Kohnen Honey's time in the American Field Service during World War I.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Honey, John Kohnen, 1896-1978.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Kohnen Honey papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979.


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Biographical Note

Biographical note

March 16, 1896 Born, North Dakota
1915-1917 Student at Stanford University
1917 Enlisted into the United States Army as a Private First Class
1917 Volunteered as a member of the American Ambulance Field Service in France
1919 Dischraged from military service
August 2, 1978 Died, California

Scope and Content of Collection

Collection include diaries, correspondence, clippings, postcards and photographs relating to the American Ambulance Service attached to French Army forces in France from 1917 to 1919. As a whole the collection details Honey’s time in the American Field Service during World War I. Through diaries and correspondence, Honey provides a glimpse into a life of a soldier within the American Field Service. Photographs and negatives depict scenes of destruction, war and everyday life of the American Ambulance Service.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Field Service.
France. Armée.
World War, 1914-1918--France.
World War, 1914-1918--Medical care.


Personal Papers 1917-1919

Scope and Contents

Contains military papers, letters, diaries, and newspaper clippings related to the American Field Service from 1917-1919. As an enlisted soldier assigned to the American Ambulance Service, Honey described the conditions of war in letters to family members and personal diaries. Pieces of the diaries have been typed out. Articles about Honey’s service were published in several issues of the Gresham Outlook, a hometown newspaper from Gresham, Oregon.
Box-folder 1:1

Military papers, 1917-1919

Box-folder 1:2

Diaries, 1917-1919

Box-folder 1:3

Typed diary, 1917-1919

Box-folder 1:4

Correspondence, 1917-1918

Box-folder 1:5

Newspaper clippings, 1917-1918


Photographs and postcards 1917-1919

Scope and Contents

Photographs include image of American and French troops, the ambulance service of the American Field Service, and scenes of destruction in France during World War I. Collection contains over 600 prints and 150 negatives.
Box-folder 1:6

Postcards, 1918

Box-folder 1:7

Photo album, 1917-1918

Box-folder 2:1

Negatives, 1917-1918

Box-folder 2:2-5

Prints, 1917-1918