Register of the Maximilian A. W. Boll papers
Finding aid prepared by Emilia Schrier
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6003
Title: Maximilian A. W. Boll papers
Date (inclusive): 1914-1960
Collection Number: 80085
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material:
1 manuscript box
(0.4 Linear Feet)
Abstract: The Maximilian A. W. Boll collection includes writings, photographs, and printed matter corresponding to his service in the
United States Army during World War I.
Boll, Maximilian A. W., 1892-
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1980.
[Identification of item], Maximilian A. W. Boll papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Maximilian A. W. Boll was born on June 7, 1892 in New York, NY to parents born in Germany. He was drafted into the United
States Army during World War I and fought in France against the Germans. During the war, he struggled with his German American
identity and German prejudice in America. He was denied entry to officer school due to his German ancestry. During his time
in World War I, he was a supply officer and frequently noted he felt more like an observer than a combatant. After returning
from the war, he became secretary of the 315th infantry association. Maximilian A. W. Boll passed away on August 1st, 1980.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Maximilian A. W. Boll collection includes writings, photographs, and printed matter relating to his service in the United
States Army during World War I. The writings include his memoir entitled "My First Journey" in which he describes his experiences
during World War I, beginning with his inner conflict of being an American of German ancestry. The photograph series consists
of photographs taken of Company C, 315th Regiment of Infantry, 79th Division of World War I. The printed matter series includes
a yearbook of Company C of which Maximilian Boll was an editor.
The collection is organized into 3 series: "My First Journey: 1917"; Photographs; and Printed Matter
Subjects and Indexing Terms
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 315th
box 1, folder 1
"My First Journey: 1917-1919"