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Russell Ray Dollarhide diary, 1917-1918.
BANC MSS 2009/12
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Russell Ray Dollarhide diary, 1917-1918
Soldier's diary


Dollarhide, Russell Ray., creator


Diary of World War I soldier from Douglas, Nebraska with dated entries and pencil sketch cartoon drawings depicting his experiences as a private in the Army Signal Corps (Company E, 405th Telegraph Battalion). The bound diary (15 x 9 cm) is titled "A Soldier's Diary (English-French edition)," arranged by Russell Lowell Furlong and published by Jordan & Company, Chicago, U.S.A. The diary begins with a cartoon depicting his arrival as civilian at Camp Lewis, Wash. [i.e. Fort Lewis, Wash.] on Oct. 22, 1917 and ends on May 6, 1918 in New York, N.Y., the day before he ships out for France. Details of the diary include military duties and tasks performed and the locations of stops on the troop movement across the country. Interspersed with the text are 11 pencil cartoons, many with humorous themes and captions, depicting a typical soldier's life. Also includes a phrasebook with title "The Soldier's French Phrase Book" (Chicago: Felt & Tarrant, 1918), heavily annotated in pencil. The inside cover has a handwritten list of places in France and Germany with some corresponding postal stamps in the back. Two separate cartoon sketches (21 x 13 cm, both dated 1918 in France) depicting the kind of Signal Corps operations shown in idyllic recruiting posters and the actual experience titled "As Is!" One cartoon sketch depicting a peasant looking woman in a harness pulling a goat that is pulling a cart titled "The Way They Do It In Germany."


1917 (issued)


n-us-wa -- n-us-nb
Dollarhide, Russell Ray -- Diaries
United States. -- Army. -- Signal Corps -- Military life
United States. -- Army -- Military life
United States. -- Army. -- Signal Corps -- Military life -- Caricatures and cartoons
United States. -- Army -- Military life -- Caricatures and cartoons
United States. -- Army. -- American Expeditionary Forces.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American
Soldiers -- United States -- Diaries
Soldiers -- Nebraska -- Douglas County
Camp Lewis (Wash.)


Russell Ray Dollarhide diary, 1917-1918, BANC MSS 2009/12, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; Jeff Carr; 20100316.
In English.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2010.041).
Purchase; Jeff Carr; 20100316.



Physical Description:

1 folder (5 items)




BANC MSS 2009/12


Washington (State)