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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Digital Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Swope Family Correspondence
    Creator: Swope (Family : Swope, Charles Byron))
    Creator: Swope, Charles Byron
    Creator: Swope, Gretchen
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0510
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)
    Date (inclusive): 1917-1918
    Abstract: Letters from Charles Byron Swope to his wife, Gretchen, written during his tour of duty during World War I at Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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.
    Arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS and 3) MICROFILM.

    Publication Rights

    Digital copies of this material are intended to support research, teaching, and private study. This work may be used without prior permission. The original manuscripts for this collection are held by Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

    Preferred Citation

    Swope Family Correspondence. MSS 510. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 2000.

    Digital Content

    This collection has been microfilmed and digitized.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California -- History -- 1850-1950
    Angel Island (Calif.)
    World War, 1914-1918 -- California -- Personal narratives
    Fort McDowell (Calif.) -- History
    Swope, Charles Byron -- Correspondence
    Swope, Gretchen -- Correspondence
    Swope (Family : Swope, Charles Byron)) -- Correspondence