Thursday, February 14, 2013

Project Update

The past few months have been busy and exciting for project staff members involved in Missouri Over There. To date, we have examined over 140 collections and more than 33,000 pages of documents from institutions all across the state of Missouri. The collections have consisted of a variety of photos, documents, and artifacts specific to Missouri and World War I. Below are some highlights from a few of the collections we've yet to mention here on the blog.

Museum of Missouri Military History:

- The Joseph Koch collection. This collection consists of photographs and a pocketbook that Koch (a Missourian) picked up off of a dead German soldier during the war. The pocketbook contains vaccination/dental records, and photos of Russian POW’s.

The State Historical Society of Missouri:

- The Enoch Crowder collection. Crowder, who was born in Edinburg, Missouri, was the judge advocate general who administered Selective Service in World War I. This collection includes correspondence and other papers.

- Recruiting and propaganda posters specifically related to Missouri from the State Historical Society.

- World War I soldier biographical records held at the State Archives and Missouri Historical Society. We hope to merge the records held at both of these institutions into a single online database.

Missouri History Museum:

- The Joseph Boyce collection from The Missouri History Museum. This collection includes letters from Boyce’s cousin, Captain Hubert Ward. Ward was a part of the Royal Army Medical Corps with the British Expeditionary Force in France.

- The William Clark Breckenridge collection. This collection includes correspondence from St. Louis businessman, writer, and historian William C. Breckenridge regarding events leading up to the U.S. entry into WWI.

- The Clemens Family collection. This collection consists of correspondence from Fritz von Versen to his cousin, Mary Clemens, of St. Louis, MO, regarding life in Germany during and after WWI.

- The Esther Leonard collection. This collection is made up of medical school papers, military orders, contracts, and other war related documents. Leonard was contracted to serve as an army physician during WWI.

- The William Peters collection. Peters was the city photographer for St. Louis from 1916-1920. This collection contains over 100 photographs of preparedness parades, Missouri soldiers and sailors, African Americans registering for the draft, and various end of war celebrations.

The National World War I Museum:

- The Arthur N. Altringer collection from The National World War I Museum. This collection contains a scrapbook with memorabilia, photographs, and newspaper clippings from Base Hospital 28.

- The Francis Poindexter collection. Poindexter was in the 129th Field Artillery and later transferred to the School of Military Aeronautics in Austin, Texas. This collection includes letters of reference for officers and aeronautics schools, flight logs, books, orders, photographs and artifacts.

- The Daniel MacMorris collection. This collection includes correspondence, papers and photos related to the mural configuration designed by MacMorris for the Liberty Memorial.

University of Missouri-Kansas City:

- World War I Sheet Music collection from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jasper County Records Center:

- The Edwin Wiggins collection from The Jasper County Records Center. Wiggins was a part of the 128th Machine Gun Battalion from Carthage, Missouri. This collections includes photographs from Wiggins' service on the Mexican Border to his company leaving for training in 1917.

In addition to reviewing collections, we have also submitted our grant proposal to the Missouri State Library to fund the second phase of the project. We hope to digitize 35 collections, totaling 4,765 pages of Missouri World War I documents.