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1. Overview of the Collection

 

Repository

McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator

Smith (Rufus M. and Carolyn M.)

Collection Number

M478

Collection Title

Smith (Rufus M. and Carolyn M.) World War I Collection

Size

.75 cubic feet

Language

English

Dates

1913-1919

Collection Status

Fully Reviewed

Abstract

The collection contains postcards, photographs, books, brochures, and newsletters from World War I.

 

2. Subjects

U.S.S. Troy

The Trojan Journal

The Battle of Bourges

Bourges, France

Orleans, France

Verdun, France

Camp Merritt, New Jersey (United States)

 

3. Biographical/Historical Note

This collection contains three copies of “The Trojan Journal”, a newsletter produced aboard the U.S.S. Troy. The ship was commissioned by the United States Navy in February 1919 as troop transport from the European theatre of World War I. She successfully brought home more than 14,000 troops before being decommissioned in September of that year. The newsletters cover the dates of August 13, 14, and 15, 1919, and chronicle notable daily events (including stowaways and fires), the distance in miles the vessel travelled that day, and the distance in miles from the departure port of Brest and the arrival port of New York.

This collection also contains information on Camp Merritt in Cresskill, New Jersey.  This military base was activated for use during World War I.  Thousands of troops deployed to Camp Merritt before being shipped off to Europe.  Camp Merritt was decommissioned in 1919.

 

4. Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, postcards, and other materials relating to military service in the Unites States and France during World War I. Presumably the materials were collected by Robert, the cousin of Rufus M. Smith, as the postcards are sent from Robert to Mr. Smith, the donor, who was residing in Wiggins, Mississippi.

 

5. Arrangement

The materials in the collection did not receive significant arrangement.

 

 

6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

 

7. Administrative Information

 

Provenance

This collection was donated by Rufus M. and Carolyn M. Smith via David Richards

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of

Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Brandon Ball and Nicole Lawrence, November 2013.

Sources

Contents of the collection.

Collection case file.

www.bergencountyhistory.org/pages/campmerritt.html

 

8. Container List

Box 1

Folder 1           Photographs: Soldiers M478-1 through M478-3 circa 1910s; undated

Folder 2           Postcards M478-4 through M478-13  undated

Folder 3           Postcards: United States and Holiday M478-14 through M478-22 (Dec. 1913 - Aug. 1919; undated)

Folder 4           Postcards: Holiday and United States M478-23 through M478-31 (1916; 1917; undated)

Folder 5           Souvenir Folder: U.S.S. Troy (Aug. 20 1919)

Folder 6           Newsletters: The Trojan Journal (Aug.13, 14, & 15, 1919)

Folder 7           Brochure: Camp Merritt (undated)

Folder 8           Book: The Battle of Bourges (1918-1919)

Folder 9           Postcard Books: Verdun (undated)

Folder 10         Postcard Books: Orleans (undated)

Folder 11         Postcard Books: Versailles and Bourges (undated)

Folder 12         Postcards: Versailles (undated)

Folder 13         Postcards: Versailles (undated)

Folder 14         Postcards: Versailles & Bourges (undated)

Folder 15         Postcards: Europe 1918-1919; undated

Folder 16         Postcards: Europe 1918; undated

Folder 17         Postcards: Europe (undated)

Folder 18         Postcards: Europe and Orleans (undated)

 

Box 2

Folder 1           Postcards: Orleans and Paris (undated)

Folder 2           Postcards: Paris (undated)

Folder 3           Postcards: Paris (undated)

Folder 4           Postcards: Paris and Emerald Coast (May 2, 1919; undated)

Folder 5           Postcards: Paris and Bourges (undated)

Folder 6           Postcards: Paris and Bourges (1919; undated)

Folder 7           Postcards: Bourges (1919; undated)

Folder 8           Postcards: Red Cross and Vierzon (1919; undated)

 

9.  Item List

Photograph Log

Box

Folder

Number

Description

Size

Type

Date

1

1

M478-1

Tug-of-war between soldiers

5 x 7

B & W

Circa 1910s

1

1

M478-2

Large group of soldiers

5 x 7

B & W

Circa 1910s

1

1

M478-3

Soldiers at attention

7 x 9

B & W

1919

1

2

M478-4

Ten minutes for lunch

4 x 6

Color  postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-5

A tight squeeze

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-6

Say sis!  Give me a kiss

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-7

I’m married now

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-8

A touch of high life

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-9

The right church but the wrong pew

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-10

Just saying good night

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-11

Can’t you see I’m lonely

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-12

Peek-a-boo

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

2

M478-13

Actions that reflect

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

3

M478-14

Hearty good wishes for a Merry Christmas

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1916

1

3

M478-15

Sincere greetings

4 x 6

Color postcard

1917

1

3

M478-16

Surf Avenue, Coney Island, New York

4 x 6

Color postcard

1919

1

3

M478-17

Cliff Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

4 x 6

Color postcard

1916

1

3

M478-18

Birthday wishes

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

3

M478-19

Don’t turn up your nose

4 x 6

Color postcard

undated

1

3

M478-20

Merry xmas

4 x 6

Color postcard

1913

1

3

M480-21

Keep your motives pure

4 x 6

Color postcard

1916

1

3

M480-22

Remembrance

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

4

M478-23

January 1st

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

4

M478-24

A Merry Christmas

4 x 6

Color postcard

1915

1

4

M478-25

Birthday salutations

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

4

M478-26

Sour Lake, TX

4 x 6

Color postcard

1917

1

4

M478-27

Typical K. of C. Building at camp

4 x 6

B & W postcard

undated

1

4

M478-28

Secession Hill, Abbeville, S.C.

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

4

M478-29

Forest County Courthouse, Crandon Wis.

4 x 6

Color postcard

undated

1

4

M478-30

I should worry like a horse

4 x 6

Color postcard

1916

1

4

M478-31

Good Bye Old Town

4 x 6

Color postcard

undated

1

9

M478-32

Verdun, Sous Les Obus

Verdun, Under the Obus

4 x 6

B & W postcard booklet

1914-1918

1

9

M478-33

Verdun, Sous Les Obus

Verdun, Under the Obus

4 x 6

B & W postcard booklet

1914-1918

1

10

M478-34

Souvenir D’Orleans

4 x 6

B & W postcard booklet

Undated

1

10

M478-35

Souvenir D’Orleans

4 x 6

B & W postcard booklet

Undated

1

11

M478-36

Versailles and Les Trianons

4 x 6

B & W postcard booklet

Undated

1

11

M478-37

Bourges

4 x 6

B & W postcard booklet

Undated

1

12

M478-38

Versailles, Le Chateau

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-39

Versailles, La Laiterie

Versailles, The Dairy

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-40

Versailles, La Place d’Armes

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-41

Palace of Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-42

Palace of Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-43

Versailles, Palais du petit Trianon

Versailles, Petit Trianon Palace

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-44

Versailles, Le Canal

Versailles, The Canal

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-45

Chateau de Versailles

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-46

Palace of Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

12

M478-47

Versailles, Le Parc du Chateau

Versailles, The Parc du Chateau

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-48

Versailles, Vue generale du Palais

Versailles, General view of the palace

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-49

Versailles

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-50

Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-51

Versailles, Grand Trianon

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-52

Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-53

Versailles, Hopital Militaire

Versailles, Military Hospital

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-54

Versailles, Monument de Jean Houdon

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-55

Versailles, Petit Trianon

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-56

Versailles, Bosquet de la Colonade

Versailles, Grove of the Colonade

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

13

M478-57

Versailles, Jardin du Roi

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-58

Versailles, Par cud Petit Trianon

Versailles, By cud Petit Trianon

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-59

Versailles, Palace du Marche

Versailles, Palace of Marche

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-60

Bourges, palais Jacques Coeur

Bourges, Jacques Coeur palace

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-61

Bourges, La Cathedrale

Bourges, The Cathedral

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-62

Bourges, La Cathedrale

Bourges, The Cathedral

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-63

Bourges, Le Theatre

Bourges, The Theatre

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-64

Bourges, Vue generale

Bourges, General View

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-65

Bourges, Rue Moyenne

Bourges, Average Street

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-66

Bourges, Rue Moyenne

Bourges, Average Street

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

14

M478-67

Statue de la Victoire

Statue of Victory

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

15

M478-68

La Victoire

The Victory

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

15

M478-69

L’Aisne devestee, Pinon

Devastated Forest

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

15

M478-70

Inter-Allied Games

4 x 6

Color postcard

1919

1

15

M478-71

Bombardemens de Paris

Bombing of Paris

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

15

M478-72

Eglise Saint-Gervaio

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

15

M478-73

L’Eglise bombardee a Paris

The church was bombed Paris

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

15

M478-74

Chemin des Dames

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

15

M478-75

Chemin des Dames

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

15

M478-76

Chemin des Dames

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

15

M478-77

Chemin des Dames

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-78

Chemin des Dames

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-79

Vertou, Le Pont de Portillon sur la Sevre

Vertou, The Bridge Gate on the Sevre

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-80

Vertou, La Sevre en aval de Portillon vers le Bourg

Vertou, Sevre the downstream gate to Bourg

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-81

Vertou – Les Quais un Dimanche

Vertou – The Quays on a Sunday

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-82

St. Amand-Montrond

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-83

Noirlac, pres Saint-Amand-Montrond

Noirlac, near Saint-Amand-Montrond

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

16

M478-84

Monument aux Morts

War Memorial

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

16

M478-85

Les Peperes

The Cushy

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

16

M478-86

Angleterre

England

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

16

M478-87

Pantheon de la Guerre

Pantheon of War

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-88

Pantheon de la Guerre

Pantheon of War

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-89

Miss Edith Cavell

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-90

Belgique

Belgium

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-91

Fragment de la Russie

Fragment of Russia

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-92

Pantheon de la Guerre

Pantheon of War

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-93

Roumanie

Romania

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-94

Monument aux morts

War Memorial

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-95

La Serbie

Serbia

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-96

Les Cuirassiers

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

17

M478-97

A Paul Deroulede

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

18

M478-98

Etats-Unis D’Amerique

United States of America

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

18

M478-99

Alliance Russe 1914-1916

Russian Alliance 1914-1916

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1918

1

18

M478-100

Statue de Jeanne d’Arc

Statue of Joan of Arc

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-101

Statue de Jeanne d’Arc

Statue of Joan of Arc

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-102

Orleans, La Place du Matroi

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-103

Orleans, Vue generale et le Pont Georges V

General view and George V Bridge

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-104

Le monument Jeanne d’Arc

Joan of Arc’s memorial

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-105

Orleans, La Rue de la Republique

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-106

Orleans, Vue generale el le Pont Georges V

General view el Georges V

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

1

18

M478-107

Orleans, Vue generale de la Loire

General view of the river Loire

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-108

Vue Generale et la Pont Georges V

General view el Georges V

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-109

Vue sur la Loire

Overlooking the Loire

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-110

La Place du Matroi

Square Matroi

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-111

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-112

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-113

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-114

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-115

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M478-116

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

1

M 478-117

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-118

Paris, Le Pont Alexandre III

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-119

Paris, L’Hotel de Ville

The City Hall

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-120

Paris, La Bastille

Paris, The Bastille

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-121

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-122

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-123

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-124

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-125

Paris, La Grande Roue

Paris, The Ferris Wheel

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-126

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

2

M478-127

Paris, Le Grande Palais

Paris, The Grand Palace

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-128

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-129

Paris, Le Pantheon

Paris, The Pantheon

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-130

Paris, Le Trocadero

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-131

Paris, La Colonne de Juillet

Paris, The July Column

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-132

Paris, Les Invalides

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-133

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-134

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-135

Paris, L’Opera

Paris, The Opera

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-136

Paris, Sainte-Chapelle

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

3

M478-137

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-138

Champs-Elyees, le Petit Palais

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-139

Paris.  La Place de la Concorde

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-140

Paris, La Tour Eiffel

Paris, The Eiffel Tower

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-141

Paris, L’Arc de Triomphe

Paris, The Arc de Triomphe

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-142

Paris, Place de la Republique

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-143

Paris, La Madeleine

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-144

Paris, La Colonne Vendome

Paris, Column Vendome

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-145

Paris, Notre-Dame

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-146

Paris, L’Arc de Triomphe

Paris, The Arc de Triomphe

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

4

M478-147

Cote d’Emeraude

Emerald Coast

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1919

2

5

M478-148

Paris, La Tour Eiffel

Paris, The Eiffel Tower

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1919

2

5

M478-149

American Red Cross L.O.C. Canteen

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-150

American troops marching through Paris

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-151

U.S. Battleship Virginia

4 x 6

Color postcard

1917

2

5

M478-152

Bourges, Artillerie

Bourges, Artillery

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-153

Bourges, Le Canal du Berry

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-154

Bourges, La Fonderie de Canons

Bourges, Cannon Foundry

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-155

Bourges, L’Hotel de Ville

Bourges, The City Hall

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-156

Bourges, Le Canal du Berry

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

5

M478-157

Cathedrale de Bourges

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-158

Bourges, Façade de la Cathedral

Bourges, Façade of the Cathedral

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-159

Bourges, Façade de la Cathedral

Bourges, Façade of the Cathedral

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-160

Bourges, Le Jardin de l’Archeveche

Bourges, The garden of the Archbishop’s Palace

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-161

Bourges, La Cathedrale

Bourges, The Cathedral

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-162

Bourges, Place Berry

Bourges, The Berry Square

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-163

My heart and these flowers for you

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-164

American Red Cross L.O.C. Canteen

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-165

Arc de Triomphe

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-166

New York Skyline by Night

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

6

M478-167

Bourges, Rond-Point de la Demi-Lune

Bourges, Rond-Point Half Moon

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

7

M478-168

Bourges, Artillerie

Bourges, Artillery

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

7

M478-169

Bourges, La Garc

Bourges, The Station

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

7

M478-170

La Place Berry

The Berry Square

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

7

M478-171

Bourges, Palais Jacques Coeur

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

7

M748-172

Bourges, La Gare

Bourges, The Station

4 x 6

Color postcard

1919

2

7

M478-173

Bourges, La Caserne du 37 d’Artillerie

Bourges, The Barracks of the 37 Artillery

4 x 6

Color postcard

1919

2

7

M478-174

Bourges, Les Etablissements Militaires

Bourges, The Military Institutions

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

7

M478-175

Bourges, Le Theatre

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

7

M478-176

Heureuses Paques

Happy Easter

4 x 6

Color postcard

1919

2

7

M478-177

Marechal Foch

4 x 6

Color postcard

Undated

2

8

M478-178

American Red Cross Canteen

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

8

M478-179

American Red Cross L.O.C. Canteen

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

8

M478-180

Vierzon, La Gare

Vierzon, The Station

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

8

M478-181

Vierzon, L’Abattoir

Vierzon, The Abattoir

4 x 6

B & W postcard

Undated

2

8

M478-182

In an American camp

4 x 6

B & W postcard

1919

   

10. Publication  Information

 

Publisher

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections

URL

[http://lib.usm.edu/spcol/index.php

Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

Email Contact

To email, go to: [http://lib.usm.edu/askalibrarian/

Revision Date

Last revised: 2013 November

 


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