Homer Alva Armstrong WWI memorabilia
2003.026

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title
Homer Alva Armstrong WWI memorabilia
ID
2003.026
Date [inclusive]
1912-1936
Extent
0.75 Linear feet 4 boxes, 2 oversized items
General Physical Description note
Excellent.
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Homer Alva Armstrong WWI memorabilia, 1912-1936. Coll No. 2003.026. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Scope and Contents note

World War I era memorabilia of Homer Alva Armstrong, Bugler Company E, 117 Engineers, 42nd Rainbow Division. Items include 2 pocket diaries; medals, pins and patches; scrapbook; 4 caps, photographs, German souvenir postcards, currency, and a German metal sign for train passengers; National Guard certificate; "Hisory of the 42nd, the Rainbow Division"; "Official Summarized Chronology of the World War"; a field post letter and 2 postcards.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 2013 September

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa, OK, 74104-3123
918-631-2496
Marc-carlson@utulsa.edu

Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Armstrong, Ed and Jeanne
  • Armstrong, Homer Alva

Subject(s)

  • Special Collections -- Manuscripts -- Armstrong, Homer Alva.
  • United States. Army. Infantry Division, 42nd -- History
  • World War I Collection.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918.

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Collection Inventory

Photographs 

 2003.026.1.1.1 Homer Alva Armstrong   14 x 8.8 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Portrait of Homer Alva Armstrong in uniform and garrison cap; rainbow patch clearly visible.

 2003.026.1.1.2 Photo-postcard 1918 December 26   8.7 x 13.8 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Group photo of buglers, 117th Engineers, pictured in long coats, garrison caps, and bugles. Homer A. Armstrong is pictured (with mustach) in the back row, third man from the left.

 2003.026.1.1.3 Photograph 1914   20.3 x 25.4 cm B/W mounted photograph

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Group photograph of non-coms Company "K" 29th Infantry, Washington National Guard manuevers. Homer Armstrong is pictured top row, third man from the right.

 2003.026.5 Panoramic photograph   x cm B/W panoramic photograph

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Group photo of Company E 117th Engineers.

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Journals 

 2003.026.1.2 Journal 1 1918 January - December   10.4 x 6.9 x .9 cm Glossy, dark brown leather cover; ruled and formatted for daily entries.

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Handwritten entries in pen. In additon to journal entries, are names, addresses and miscellaneous notes.

Transcription   Laser printed copy of a word-by-word transcription, probably by Jeanne or Ed Armstrong. 11p.

 2003.026.1.3 Journal 2 1918 November - 1919 April   16.7 x 10.2 x .4 cm Faded blue paper covers with a handwritten label affixed which reads "Homer A. Armstrong/ Bugler Co. E. 117 Eng./ Elvingen, Luxemborg/ Hovelangen". Graphed pages,

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Handwritten entries in pen. Last page consists of detailed instructions for some kind of card game.

Transcription   Laser printed copy of a word-by-word transcription, probably by Jeanne or Ed Armstrong. 17p.

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 2003.026.1.4 Correspondence 

Field post letter 1918 October 13   Handwritten and signed letter from Homer Alva Armstrong to his grandmother.

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"Dear Grandma, I am writing to papa whom I think is with you now. This is a Heine letter paper. I found it where he left in too great a hurry....Love from Alva."

On verso is a post script: "Pa found this on Western Front in 1918--11 days before Armistice was signed and he used it. He put it inside an envelope and sent it to America."

Postcard 1918 December 9   Handwritten and signed postcard from "Alva" to Mrs. E. Armstrong. On verso a B/W photo-reproduction of Junkerath and Schule, Germany.

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"Dear Mother: Here is a card of Esch the town where I stayed last night. We slept in the school house...." Handwritten note on verso reads "Touring Germany on foot."

Postcard 1918 December 15   Handwritten and signed postcard from "Alva" to Mrs. E. Armstrong. On verso a hand-colored photo-reproduction of Marientha an der Ahr. Small segment of the upper right corner of the postcard is missing.

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"Dear Mother: Here's a card of a little town on the river Ahr or Ar or Aar whichever map you may have...."

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 2003.026.1.5 Biographical material   Laser printed copy of a brief bioraphical piece about Homer Alva Armstrong, written by Jeanne L. Armstrong, 35p. Also included is a printed copy of an email message containing a summary of Homer Armstrong's enlistment record, 1p.

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"Homer with the 42nd. A story of omer A. Armstrong's service with the 117th Engineer Corps of the 42nd Rainbow Division on the European fron in World War 1."

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 2003.026.1.6 Souvenirs 

Postcards   Set of 20 unsued postcards consisting of hand-colored, photo-reproductions of sites in and around Koln [Cologne], Germany. Handwritten note on verso of one of the cards reads "Mayschoss, Jan 27. Dear Gertrude: A few pictures of Koln or Cologne. I was there a couple of days. Alva." Paper wrapper is soft and fragile.

Foreign currency   Paper currency: 3 Romanian 100 lei bank notes; 4 Hungarian 1000 forint; 2 Hungarian 100 forint; 4 bills of unknwon currency [possibly Turkish?]; 1 Canadian penny.

Metal sign   Metal sign, printed in German, and once mounted by 4 screws or nails. Translated heading reads, "Precautions!" and is followed by an 8-point list of instructions, precautions,and prohibited activities for train passengers. Hand-printed note at bottom reads "Coblenz, March 14, 1919."

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 2003.026.1.7 "A Brief Story of the Rainbow Division"   Photo-illustrated publication by Walter B. Wolf, Adjutant, 84th Infantry Brigade. Printed by Rand, McNally & Co.: New York, 1919. Copyright Rainbow Division Veterans. Stapled pamphlet with portions of text highlighted in green; 61p with map tipped inside back cover.

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 2003.026.1.8 "Official Summarized Chronology of the World War"   Illustrated publication dedicated to the Gold Star Mothers, mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts of American's heroes. Stapled pamphlet with paper covers.

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 2003.026.2 Military regalia 

 2003.026.2.1 Garrison cap   Kahki green woolen garrison cap with tan lining. Upper edge and top front corner are either moth-eaten and/or torn.

 2003.026.2.2 Garrison cap   Blue, lightweight garrison cap with dark blue piping. "25 ORE" is embroidered on one side and "40/8" on the opposite side, both in dark blue thread.

 2003.026.2.3 Garrison cap with medalion   Navy blue cloth garrison cap with gold piping, an American Legion patch on one side and a Rainbow Division patch on the opposite side. "Oregon" embroidered on one side and "Portland" embroidered on the other, both in gold thread. Leather inner headband. Pinned to the cap, beside the American Legion patch, is a medalion bearing [St. Michael] recto, a list of battles on verso hanging from a rainbow-colored ribbon.

 2003.026.2.4 Garrison cap   Felt garrison cap in cream over royal blue, with red piping. "Veterans World War I U.S.A." silkscreened on one side along side a U.S.A. Veterans of WWI red poppy patch. "Multnomah Barracks No. 1287 - Oregon" silkscreened on the opposite side. Leather inner headband.

 2003.026.3.1 Dog tag 

 2003.026.3.2 Patch   Bugle circular patch

 2003.026.3.3 Patch   Rainbow shoulder patch

 2003.026.3.4 Patch   Sargeant chevron

 2003.026.3.5 Patch   Discharge chevron

 2003.026.3.6 Button   Rainbow lapel button

 2003.026.3.7 Button   Eagle lapel button

 2003.026.3.8 Button   US laural and star button

 2003.026.3.9 Button   Engineers button

 2003.026.3.10 Medalion 1935   State Champion Drum Corps, Portland Post No. 1, The Dalles. Ribbon with medalion.

 2003.026.3.11 Medallion   US Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ribbon with medalion.

 2003.026.3.12 Medalion 1931   American Legion 13th Annual Convention, Detroit. Ribbon with medalion

 2003.026.3.13 Medalion 1932   American Legion 14th Annual Convention, Portland, Oregon. Ribbon with medalion.

 2003.026.3.14 Ribbon 1932 September 12-15   American Legion National Convention, Portland, Oregon. Name tag with ribbon.

 2003.026.3.15 Medalion   12th Annual American Legion National Convention. Gertrude Armstrong. Ribbon with medalion.

 2003.026.3.16 Medalion 1934   American Legion Delegate, Astoria, Oregaon. Gertrude Armstrong. Ribbon with medalion.

 2003.026.3.17 Medalion   American Legion Annual Convention, Astoria, Oregon. H.A. Armstrong. Ribbon with medalion.

 2003.026.3.18 Ribbon 1935   American Legion Convention, The Dalles, Oregon. Name tag with ribbon.

 2003.026.3.19 Ribbon 1936 August 13-15   18th Annual American Legion Annual Convention, Rosebud, Oregaon. Name tag with ribbon.

 2003.026.3.20 Ribbon   18th Annual American Legion Annual Convention, Rosebud, Oregaon. Gertrude Armstrong. Name tag with ribbon.

 2003.026.3.21 Button   19th Annual American Legion Convention, Albany, Oregon. Name tag with ribbon and button.

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 2003.026.4 "My Rainbow Scrap Book"   30 x 22.5 x 3 cm Bookplate on verso of front cover indicates that the scrapbook was compiled and kept by Gertrude Armstrong. Scrapbook consists of paper covers with pages made from multiple colors of construction paper and may have originally been tied together with a narrow cream-colored satin ribbon, but were held together with celophane tape, now separated by the collections processor. Contents are pasted onto pages. Entire book and contents are becoming fragile.

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Gertrude Armstrong's handwritten note on verso of front cover reads: Please do not destroy. Mail this book to Los Angeles Chapter of Rainbow Division Veterans....As of January 1st 1979 there were 6,452 men living of the 1st World War. Average age was 83 years."

Contents include a June 1977 copy of "The Rainbow Reveille" newsletter, list of Rainbowers in Oregon as of 1944 (laid in), poems and articles about the Rainbow Division and/or its members past and present, cartoons, Rainbow Divison Veterans membership cards, photograph of Danny McKinnon and Arny, 1940, many photo-reproductions, illustrations and articles about General MacArthur, in memoriam notices, etc. 48p.

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 2003.026.6 Certificate 1912 February 14   29.4 x 38.9 cm

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National Guard of Washington appointment of Homer A. Armstrong to Corporal of Company "K", 2nd Infantry. Official certificate, filled in by hand and signed by commanding officers.

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