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  • DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY
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  • ABSTRACT
  • SCOPE AND CONTENT

  • DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

    Title: Swope Family Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1917-1918
    Collection number: MSS 0510
    Extent: 0.40 linear feet (1 archives box)
    Repository: Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
    Shelf Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Preferred Citation

    Swope Family Correspondence, MSS 0510. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    ABSTRACT

    Letters (December 1917-November 1918) from Charles Byron Swope to his wife, Gretchen, written during his tour of duty at Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. Also included are letters from family members and friends. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

    SCOPE AND CONTENT

    The Swope Family Correspondence contains letters from Charles Byron Swope to his new wife Gretchen, written from Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, between December 1917 and November 1918. The letters begin shortly after Swope's induction into the US Army and end the day before the World War I Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Swope wrote about personal and financial matters, the loneliness of his separation from his wife, his efforts to increase his income as a musician and photographer, and his dream of owning a farm. His letters also provide insight into everyday life on a stateside military base during World War I.
    The collection also contains letters from Gretchen to Charles, although far fewer in number; letters from siblings and parents to Gretchen or Charles; and letters from friends. As a group, these letters relate family news and occasional gossip.
    The Swope Family Correspondence is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS. The first series is arranged alphabetically by author.