Finding Aid for the Wallace Williams First World War correspondence collection 2015.095.w.r

Lauren Menges
Center for American War Letters Archives
12/8/2016
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866
speccoll@chapman.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Wallace Williams First World War correspondence
source: Reavis, Elmira
creator: Williams, Wallace
Identifier/Call Number: 2015.095.w.r
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet (3 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1917-11-24-1919-03-24
Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence from Lieutenant Wallace Williams, American Expeditionary Force, to his parents during the First World War. The collection also contains three newspaper clippings and three photographs.
Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives
Container: Mower 2
Container: 4-6

Content Description

This collection contains the correspondence from Lieutenant Wallace Williams, American Expeditionary Force, to his parents in Ottawa, Kansas, during the First World War. The collection also contains three newspaper clippings and three photographs.
Williams was a pilot during his service, but being an officer it seems he saw little action. He served in France but describes spending most of his time in chateaus with the local people. In a few of his letters he mentions serving with African American soldiers, whom he refers to as "coloreds" or "negros," although he doesn't have anything negative to say.
Letter dated July 28, 1918: "The way may be over in a short while. Pershing says, 'Hell, Heaven, or Broadway by Thanksgiving."
Letters dated in November 1918 indicate the war is coming to an end and their excitement over that news. Williams eventually returned home in March 1919.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elmira Reavis. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.

Preferred Citation

[Item title, Box number, Folder number], Wallace Williams First World War correspondence (2015.095.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Reavis, Elmira