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Unidentified World War I Soldier's Letter

Identifier: SC-30

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a two-page letter typed by a World War I soldier returning by ship to the United States from Europe. The letter describes the conditions and activities aboard the transport ship U.S.S. Aeolus, on which he is travelling, as well as the writer’s duties while he is aboard. The author writes about the people he would like to see once he reaches the United States. He also offers insight into race relations in a segregated army. Additionally, the collection contains a postcard showing the Aeolus.


  • Creation: 1919

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.


0.01 linear feet

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Existence and Location of Copies

Items in the collection are digitized and available on CORE Scholar at

Processing Information

Items are stored in an envelope inside the folder. Please exercise care when removing and replacing the items to prevent tears in the paper from catching on the envelope.

Guide to the Unidentified World War I Soldier's Letter (SC-30)
Initial processing and finding aid by archives staff. Finding aid revised according to DACS standards by Megan O’Connor and Andrew Sullivan, April 2021.
2021 April
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA