Register of the Maximilian A. W. Boll papers

Finding aid prepared by Emilia Schrier
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Maximilian A. W. Boll papers
Date (inclusive): 1914-1960
Collection Number: 80085
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 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.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Boll, Maximilian A. W., 1892-1980


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maximilian A. W. Boll papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980.


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Arrangement Statement

The collection is organized into 3 series: "My First Journey: 1917"; Photographs; and Printed Matter

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 315th.
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--France.

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

"My First Journey: 1917-1919," 1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Photographs, 1914-1921


Printed Matter, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

The 315th Division, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Company C Yearbook, 1919