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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:1914-1918
ID: 01/AR0750
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: By subject in folders.
Date Acquired: 02/19/2013
Languages: English, French, German

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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: John H. Carper WWI 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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