The John H. Carper WWI Collection consists of materials collected by Carper from his time overseas in World War I, items which detail a military friendship which was cultivated during and endured after the war, as well as materials from the time period after his service overseas. These materials include photographs, postcards, military documents, scrapbook and scrapbook pages, a souvenir album, and correspondence.
The contents of the John H. Carper collection include photographs of Company “C” of the 108th field signal battalion; a photo of the Texas A&M class of 1924; postcards from Carper’s deployment overseas; a booklet of Soldiers and Sailors which outlines their accomplishments overseas; a post card album which shows the structural damage of Verdun after the German’s bombardment; a page from a scrapbook album that includes a damaged pay record book, a picture of a French soldier, a letter from John J. Pershing, and a medal certificate; a certificate of John H. Carper’s promotion to the rank of Sergeant; a souvenir album of Diekrich and Luxembourg which includes a letter to Carper’s wife on the reverse of the last picture in the album; a history of the Third platoon, Company “C” from departure from Camp Logan to withdrawal from Europe which was compiled by Bt. Sgt. W.O. Cooper; an account of the 33rd division from the Chicago Daily News; John H. Carper’s honorable discharge; a certificate of thanks from Pres. Gerald R. Ford; a discharge from the Illinois National Guard for John H. Carper which details his discharge when he was mustered into the Army; a correspondence to John H. Carper from J.S. Bourdin of Paris, France; and a scrapbook kept by Carper’s wife while John H. Carper was in Europe.