Register of the Swope Family Correspondence

Mandeville Special Collections Library 0175S
UC, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Phone: (858) 534-2533
Fax: (858) 534-5950
Email: spcoll@ucsd.edu
Repository Website: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/
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Swope Family Correspondence, 1917-1918

MSS 0510

Mandeville Special Collections Library







UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

La Jolla, CA 92093-0175

Contact Information:

  • Mandeville Special Collections Library 0175S
  • UC, San Diego
  • La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
  • Phone: (858) 534-2533
  • Fax: (858) 534-5950
  • Email: spcoll@ucsd.edu
  • Repository Website: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/
This file last updated: March 2003.

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.

CONTAINER LIST

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Box 1, Folder 1

Alice J. (friend) to Gretchen Swope, 1918.

Additional Note

(4 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 2

Barth, Elise to Gretchen or Charles Swope, 1918.

Additional Note

(3 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 3

Katherine (Gretchen's sister) to Gretchen or Charles Swope, 1918.

Additional Note

(15 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 4

Sawyer, Eda to Gretchen Swope, .

Additional Note

(2 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 5

Swope, B.F. (father of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles Swope, 1918.

Additional Note

(10 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 6

Swope, Charles Byron to B.F. Swope (father), 1918.

Additional Note

(2 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 7

Swope, Charles Byron to Gretchen (wife), .

Additional Note

1917, December -1918, June. (118 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 8

Swope, Charles Byron to Gretchen (wife), .

Additional Note

1918, July -November. (133 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 9

Swope, Charles Byron to Gretchen (wife), .

Additional Note

Fragments and undated letters. (31 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 10

Swope, Gretchen to Charles (husband), .

Additional Note

1917, December -1918, February. (10 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 11

Swope, Marie (sister of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles, .

Additional Note

1917, December -November 1918. (56 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 12

Swope, Milly (sister of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles, .

Additional Note

1918, January -1918, October. (12 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 13

Swope, Mrs. B.F. (mother of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles, 1918.

Additional Note

(28 leaves)
Box 1, Folder 14

Miscellaneous letters from various family not listed above, .

Additional Note

(20 leaves)
 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous materials, .

Additional Note

Newspaper clippings, poems, etc.