Finding Aid for the Edwin G. Frick First World War correspondence 2014.038.w.r

Lauren Menges
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Edwin G. Frick First World War correspondence
Creator: Frick, Edwin G., Sergeant, 1896-1919
source: Meissner, Shirley
Identifier/Call Number: 2014.038.w.r
Identifier/Call Number: 757
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet (10 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1917 August 21 - 1942 October 10
Date (bulk): 1917 August 21 - 1920 March 11
Abstract: This collection contains letters written by Sgt. Edwin G. Frick, AEF during the First World War.
Physical Location: Two letters missing from collection: Letter dated July 7, 1918 (folder 3) removed by former archivist on January 13, 2017 per staff paging slip. Letter dated April 30, 1919 (folder 8) removed by former archivist on October 18, 2016 per staff paging slip. Their current locations are unknown.
Language of Material: English .
Container: WWI 2
Container: 6-15
Container: 1-10

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Shirley Meissner


The collection is arranged by author and then chronologically.

Biographical / Historical

Sergeant Edwin George Frick, American Expeditionary Force (1/24/1896 - 4/2/1919) was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Justus and Carrie Frick, both born in Missouri to German parents. He worked as a salesman before he joined the military on June 5, 1917 and went to France in June 1918 with the Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division during the First World War, until his death from pneumonia lober (in his right lung) in Tonnerre, Yonne Department, Bourgogne, France after the war. During that time he served directly with Major General William Smith, 36th Division Commander, of whom he writes fondly and also served with the 132nd Artillery. He is interred at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.
Edwin's brother, Justus J. Frick, Jr., AEF (1897 - 1958) served as a Wagoner with the 230th MP Corps from 1917 until discharge at Camp Bowie, Texas on July 2, 1919 (his discharge papers spell his name "Justice," as he changed the spelling; confirmed by 1930 census).
Additional information on Sgt. Edwin Frick's unit can be found at The Yonne Doughboys project in France,, as well as the Texas Military Forces Museum,

Preferred Citation

[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Edwin G. Frick World War One correspondence (2014.038.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Content Description

This collection contains letters from Sgt. Edwin G. Frick, AEF during the First World War to his family and girlfriend, Elizabeth, from 1917 until his death in 1919. Most of his letters were written from France. Part of this correspondence includes letters that he received from Elizabeth. NOTE: Several letters are missing pages and may be separated in Folder 9; some may be lost/not donated with the collection.

Folder 1

  • 2 letters to family
  • 1 letter from Elizabeth to Mrs. Frick
  • 1 letter to Ed from Mary

Folder 2

  • 5 letters to family
  • 5 letters to Elizabeth
  • 1 letter to Ed from unknown

Folder 3

  • 10 letters to family
  • 9 postcards

Folder 4

  • 15 letters to family
  • 1 postcard

Folder 5

  • 7 letters to family

Folder 6

  • 9 letters to family

Folder 7

  • 1 letter from the Army
  • 5 letters to family
  • 1 letter to Ed from Elizabeth

Folder 8

  • 8 letters to family
  • 1 letter from Elizabeth

Folder 9

  • 4 envelopes addressed to Mrs. Frick
  • 1 letter from Elizabeth
  • 1 letter to Mrs. Frick from Edith R. Parrish
  • 1 letter to son from daddy (author or reciever unknown)
  • 3 letters from Ed
  • 1 history note about Federalists versus Anti-Federalists
  • 1 letter to Ed from Mary
  • 1 partial letter
  • 1 poem

Folder 10

  • 1 Justice J. Frick Discharge letter (removed from cloth binding stamped with Army seal)

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War (1914-1918)
World War (1914-1918) -- France
World War (1914-1918) -- Hospitals.
Military hospitals
United States. -- Army. -- Field Artillery
Meissner, Shirley