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John H. Carper WWI Collection, 1916-1924 | Manuscripts

Collection Overview

Title: John H. Carper WWI Collection, 1916-1924Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1918
ID: 01/AR0750
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 02/19/2013
Languages: English, French, German

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Abstract

The John H. Carper WWI Collection is a collection of WWI materials.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

John H. Carper was born in Pulaski, Virginia and was 27 years old when he enlisted to serve during World War I. His occupation before the enlistment was a cable-man. His official date of enlistment in the United States Army was June 21, 1916 at an enlistment locale in Chicago, Illinois. Serving during World War I, Carper was appointed a non-commissioned officer whose job detail was a master electrician. His enlistment record states that he was involved in the following expeditions: Somme, from August 9-16, 1918; Argonne Meuse, from September 26 to October 21, 1918; the Vadien line, June 23, 1918; Verdun, from September 7-25, 1918; and Troyenpace, from October 25 to November 11, 1918. His record also states he was of excellent character. John H. Carper was honorably discharged from his duty in the United States Army in 1919.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Dan H. Carper
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: {Name of Collection}, University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books
Processing Information: Box-level description available for collection in the UNT Archives. Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.

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Box 1: The John H. Carper WWI Collection, 1916-1924Add to your cart.
This box contains WWI materials from the John H. Carper Collection.
Barcode: 7079
Folder 1: Correspondence: 44 WWI Postcards, c.1918Add to your cart.
This folder contains 44 WWI postcards.  The postcards include the following subjects: Diekirch,  German postcards, French postcards, a postcard from the Sammy Series for Soldiers addressed to Mrs. Louise Carper, a postcard of the ruined cathedral at Reims, Luftkurort Saarburg, a photographic postcard of a soldier, a field service postcard, a Department for Reception of Returning Troops postcard to Mrs. John H. Carper;  photographic postcards of daily life in and out of camp and of friends, postcards of Vals-les-Bains and Larochette, a postcard of a trench after battle, a postcard of Esch, a postcard of the battle field in Argonne, a postcard of heavy artillery fire, a postcard from Bourdin, a postcard of a soldier who has passed on and a soldier in a granade hole, Christmas postcards, a panoramic postcard of Larochette-Fels, a postcard of dead man's hill, and a postcard of the bombardment of Verdun.
Extent: 44 postcards
Folder 2: Correspondence: Souvenir album of  War picture postcards of Verdun after the bombardment, c.1918Add to your cart.
This folder contains a post card album which shows the structural damage of Verdun after the German’s bombardment. It contains approximately 16 postcards.
Extent: 16 postcards
Subject/Index Terms:
Verdun (France)--History--Pictorial works.
World War, 1914-1918.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Letter to John H. Carper from J. S. Bourdin, 1921-05-04Add to your cart.
This folder contains a letter to John H. Carper from his friend J.S. Bourdin.
Extent: 1 letter
Folder 4: Document: No. 2075 Honarable discharge and enlistment record for John H. Carper, c. 1919Add to your cart.
This folder contains John H. Carper’s honorable discharge from the United States Army.
Extent: 1 document
Subject/Index Terms:
World War, 1914-1918.
Folder 5: Document: Certificate in Memoriam of John. H. Carper, n.d.Add to your cart.
This folder contains a certificate in memoriam of John H. Carper from Pres. Gerald R. Ford which thanks Mr. Carper for his service in the United States Army.
Extent: 1 certificate
Folder 6: Document: History of the 3rd Platoon, Company "C", European Theatre, with the A.E.F., n.d.Add to your cart.
This folder contains a history of the Third platoon, Company “C” from their departure from Camp Logan to withdrawal from Europe which was compiled by Bt. Sgt. W.O. Cooper, Co. "C", 108th, field signal battalion.
Extent: 1 document
Subject/Index Terms:
World War, 1914-1918.
Folder 7: Document: Honorable discharge certificate of John H. Carper from the Illinios National Guard, 1917-08-01Add to your cart.
This folder contains a honorable discharge from the Illinois National Guard for John H. Carper which details his discharge when he was mustered into the United States Army.
Extent: 1 document
Subject/Index Terms:
World War, 1914-1918.
Folder 8: Document: Scrapbook page which includes a damaged pay record book, a picture of a French soldier, a letter from John J. Pershing, and a medal certificate, 1916-1919Add to your cart.
This folder contains a page from a scrapbook album which includes a damaged pay record book for John H. Carper, a picture of a French soldier identified as J.S. Bourdin, a letter from John J. Pershing, and a medal certificate.
Extent: 4 items
Subject/Index Terms:
World War, 1914-1918.
Folder 9: Object file: The Story of the 33rd Division: the Prairie Division, Reprinted  from the Chicago Daily News, 1919-04-05-08Add to your cart.
This folder conatins The Story of the 33rd Division: the Prairie Division, Reprinted  from the Chicago Daily News. It was dated from reprints of accounts from the Chicago Daily News, April 5-8, 1919, and was written by Lieut.-Col. Frederic L. Huidekoper.
Extent: 1 item
Subject/Index Terms:
World War, 1914-1918.
Folder 10: Photographs: Diekirch and Luxembourg souvenir album which includes a letter to John H. Carper’s wife, 1919Add to your cart.
This folder contains a souvenir album of Diekirch and Luxembourg that includes a letter to Carper’s wife on the reverse of the last picture in the album. The letter is dated January 1, 1919.
Extent: 1 souvenir album of six photographs
Subject/Index Terms:
Diekirch (Luxembourg)
Folder 11: Small Book: Soldiers and Sailors - WWI history and Notable moments in the War, 1914-1918Add to your cart.
This folder contains a small book whose cover has been torn. The booklet is titled Soldiers and Sailors which outlines the military's accomplishments overseas during WWI.
Extent: 1 item
Folder 12: Scrapbook: Clippings kept by Carper's wife during John H. Carper's military service in EuropeAdd to your cart.
This folder contains a scrapbook of clippings kept by Carper’s wife while John H. Carper was in Europe.
Extent: 1 scrapbook
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