Ben Byrnes collection of Norman Sweetser WWI archive
2010.019

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Byrnes, Ben
Creator
Sweetser, Norman, 1894-1980
Title
Ben Byrnes collection of Norman Sweetser WWI archive
ID
2010.019
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1917-1918
Date [inclusive]
1874-1945
Extent
1.0 Linear feet Box 1: photographs, correspondence, miscellaneous Box 2: college notes in 5 journals Box 3: mss book
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Ben Byrnes collection of Norman Sweetser WWI archive. Coll No. 2010.019. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Scope and Contents note

Contains Edwin C. Sweetser's 5 volume set of hand-written material in large journals; as well as photographs and letters by and about Norman Sweetser, an American flying a Caproni bomber for the Italians.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 2010 June

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

Revision Description

  2013 January

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 Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright.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

Purchased as part of the Ben Byrnes acquisition, March 2010.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Milissa Burkart, 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Byrnes, Ben
  • Sweetser, Edwin Chapin, 1847-1929

Subject(s)

  • World War I Collection.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Correspondence.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Photographs.

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Collection Inventory

 2010.019.1.1 Photographs 1874-1945   9.0 Photographs Studio portraits

 2010.019.1.1.1 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Sepia-toned image. 10.2 x 6.5 cm. 25.6 x 15.4 cm matted. F. Gutekunst Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Norman Sweetser. Studio portrait of Sweetser as a young boy.

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Same image as 2010.019.1.1.2

 2010.019.1.1.2 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Sepia-toned image. 10.2 x 6.5 cm. 25.6 x 15.4 cm matted. F. Gutekunst Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a young boy.

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Same image as 2010.019.1.1.1

 2010.019.1.1.3 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Sepia-toned image. 17.2 x 12.4 cm. 28.9 x 20.9 cm matted. Gilbert & Bacon Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a young man.

 2010.019.1.1.4 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Black/white image. 25.4 x 20.3 cm.

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser in uniform.

 2010.019.1.1.5 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Black/white image. 24.6 x 19.5 cm. [New York photographic studio]

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a young man, full view. Pictured in suit coat and tie.

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Similar to 2010.019.1.1.6-7

 2010.019.1.1.6 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Black/white image. 24.6 x 19.5 cm. [New York photographic studio]

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a young man, 3/4 view. Pictured in suit coat and tie.

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Same image as 2010.019.1.1.7

 2010.019.1.1.7 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Same image as 2010.019.1.1.6 Black/white image. 24.6 x 19.5 cm. [New York photographic studio]

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a young man, 3/4 view. Pictured in suit coat and tie.

General note

Same image as 2010.019.1.1.6

 2010.019.1.1.8 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Black/white image, 25.4 x 20.4 cm.

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a middle-aged man. Pictured with mustache, suit coat and tie.

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Same image as 2010.019.1.1.9

 2010.019.1.1.9 Norman Sweetser   1.0 Photograph Black/white image, 25.4 x 20.4 cm.

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Norman Sweetser: Studio portrait of Sweetser as a middle-aged man. Pictured with mustache, suit coat and tie.

General note

Same image as 2010.019.1.1.8

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 2010.019.1.2 Correspondence 1917-1945 

 2010.019.1.2 Letter with envelope 1917 Sept 9 

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"Dear Mother--Here we are - do not know when we depart for distant lands - but soon...."

 2010.019.1.2 Letter with envelope 1917 Sept 10 

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"Dear Father--We are still here waiting the arrival of more coal. However I am glad to have gotten this far as we are very comfortable on board...."

 2010.019.1.2 Letter 1917 Sept 13 

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"Dear Mother--The above heading [On Active Service] is according to orders included in the notice that I could get this letter off to you if written before 3 p.m...so far I have no ambition to read, study or write...."

 2010.019.1.2 Letter with envelope 1917 Sept 13 

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"Dear Mother, There is a mail going out at 3 p.m. for some Canadian port - so far we couldn't have made better weather for ourselves...shuffle board [and] cards are the most popular amusements...."

 2010.019.1.2 Letter 1917 Sept 29 

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"Dear Mother...We left New York on Tuesday and entered Halifax harbor just at sunset on Thursday--Sept 13. We anchored. We stayed anchored. On September 21st, again at sunset, we glided out of the harbor along with thirteen other ships...." Enclosed with the letter: the poems, "Throw out the Life-Line" and "Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me" (on verso), excised from an unknown source.

 2010.019.1.3 Letter 1917 Oct 8 

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"Dear Mother--I received my first word from home - your letter of the 14th of September - it certainly seemed good to get it...I did not suppose we would receive any mail until we reached our final destination which will be somewhere in Italy...."

 2010.019.1.3 Letter 1917 Oct 18 

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"Dear Mother--At last I am at my destination and it certainly seems good to be settled...We stayed in Liverpool just a day and then set off for France. The trip acorss the channel was very rought and a great many were sick, but fortunately I escaped...."

 2010.019.1.3 Letter with envelope 1917 Oct 27 

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"Dear Mother--I have had my first flight. It was almost disappointing, it was so much as I had imagined. However a long standing ambition satisfied gives a very pleasant feeling of gratification...."

 2010.019.1.4 Letter 1917 Nov 1 

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"Dear Mother--Still I receive no mail from the States and I find it hard to write, not knowing what is going on in the world....I have now had eight lessons and yesterday graduated into the back seat...."

 2010.019.1.4 Letter with envelope 1917 Nov 3 

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"Dear Mother--To-day is a red letter day for sure. I received your letters....I think I told you that as we were leaving we each received a sweater, helmet, socks, [wristlets] and muffler from some ladies charitible organization...." Pasted above the letter's greeting is a 2.7 x 1.8 cm Kodak picture of Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.4 Letter 1917 Nov 10 

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"Dear Mother...Yesterday I received a letter from Art. He is at Tours, France and is now soloing. At the rate I am going here I can't solo before the middle of December as I have had only ten lessons...."

 2010.019.1.4 Letter 1917 Nov 14 

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"Dear Mother--At last I have found a place where I can enjoy myself at both work and play. Flying days have been very few and far between of late due to the wind and I have taken to painting the walls of our room...."

 2010.019.1.4 Letter with envelope 1917 Nov 18 

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"Dear Mother--Again it is a beautiful day but we do not fly on account of the wind. However I have used my time very well by decorating the ceiling...The scaffolding I am using consists of our two coat racks for the base..

 2010.019.1.4 Letter with envelope 1917 Nov 25 

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"Dear Mother--Every Sunday night twelve of us have a special dinner at the canteen in order to vary the monotony of issue meals and to-night is to be our Thanksgiving celebration...."

 2010.019.1.5 Letter 1917 Dec 5 

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"Dear Mother--We have been strangely busy of late and the weather has been cold...Snow has visited Foggia [Italy] for the first time in ten years...."

 2010.019.1.5 Letter 1917 Dec 9 

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"Dear Mother--I have had my first solo flight - Its was wonderful...We are assinged to a line with an instructor and take as many lessons as necessary with him before before going solo...the flight consisted in making a tour of the camp, which takes about seven minutes...."

 2010.019.1.5 Letter 1917 Dec 16 

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"Dear Mother...I had two rides and tomorrow will start on quarter turns. I got up about 300 meters to-day and went futher than I have been before and altogether had the best ride so far...."

 2010.019.1.5 Letter 1917 Dec 24 

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"Dear Mother--Except home I can think of no other place I should like to be this Christmas Eve than right here in Naples...."

 2010.019.1.5 Letter 1917 Dec 27 

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"Dear Mother...We planned to go up Vesuvius on Christmas day and visit Pompeis yesterday, but both trips fell through....However, I got lots of shopping done and three days is a short time to see even just the town itself...."

 2010.019.1.5 Letter with envelope 1918 Jan 17 

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"Dear Mother...When the weather is good we have only just time to eat lunch between the morning and afternoon fying sessions...part of the exercises was to do two spirals to the left and two to the right on the way down...."

 2010.019.1.6 Letter with envelope 1918 Jan 29 

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"Dear Mother...[I] am now, at least officially, a pilot...Four of us were ready to raid so we proceeded to bundle up in the combination of borrowed and privately owned apparel we had been collecting...."

 2010.019.1.6 Letter 1918 Feb 11 

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"Dear Mother--When in Rome...I arrived yesterday...I had tea at the Embassy where I met charming people...I hate to think of leaving to-morrow eveing and wonder why Father left after only a stay of six weekes...."

 2010.019.1.6 Letter with envelope 1918 Feb 27 

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"Dear Mother--Yesterday being Sunday I went to church and made fudge--How is that for living up to ones principles?...."

 2010.019.1.7 Letter 1918 Mar 3 

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"Dear Mother...Two nights ago we had an entertainment in Foggia for the benefit of some war charity. Our services were volunteered by our commanding officer..."

 2010.019.1.7 Letter with envelope 1918 Mar 15 

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"Dear Edith...This letter is going to have a hard time I can see as initerruptions have commenced already...We have also had visitors in the way of two English planes en route from London to '?'. :Some trip eh? One of the pilots was one of the foremost English aviation authorities...."

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Envelope addressed to Miss Edith Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.7 Letter 1918 Mar 19 

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"Dear Mother...As you know I received my commission on March 11 but as I am in the Reserves I am still on Cadet basis so far as rank and pay are concerned until my active service orders arrive...."

 2019.019.1.7 Letter with envelope 1918 Mar 25 

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"Dear Mother...One of the men was badly hurt yesterday and [we] are keeping quiet chiefly on that account. He broke his leg in several places and is suffereing from the shock and from the consequent operation...."

 2010.019.1.8 Letter with envelope 1918 Apr 6 

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"Dear Mother...Yesterday we had as a visitor the King of Italy. Being my first view of Royalty I was much interested...

 2010.019.1.8 Letter with envelope 1918 Apr 14 

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"Dear Edith...Flying is going well adn I expect to go solo in a few days. I have as my instructor on of the boys in the detachmemnt ahead of me and he is very good...."

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Envelope addressed to Miss Edith Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.8 Letter with envelope 1918 Apr 19 

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"Dear Mother...This morning I went solo...the machines we train on are low powered and I have a couple more giros to make and a half hour ride to do before I go on the more powerful ones...."

 2010.019.1.8 Letter 1918 Apr 28 

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"Dear Mother--You don't know how tickled I am with the sweater. It arrived yesterday and is certainly a peach...I think I told you I finished my advanced brevit a few days ago...."

 2010.019.1.9 Letter 1918 May 2 

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"Dear Mother...We arrived in Naples at six a.m...After attending to a few errands we had a wonderul lunch at the [G---] Cafe...."

 2010.019.1.9 Postcard 1918 May 3 

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"Just another one--Leave to night for Palermo.

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Addressed to Miss Edith Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.9 Letter 1918 May 8 

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"Dear Mother--This is the most wonderful place you can imagine [Capri]. While I am confined to my room while my clothes undergo treatment at the tailors, must tell you all about it...."

 2010.019.1.9 Letter 1918 May 14 

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"Dear Mother...A couple of days ago was Mother's day and i was traveling so I must pay my particular respects in this letter slightly late...I wish I could give you a good old hug and call you my best girl instead of trying to write 'mush'...."

 2010.019.1.9 Postcard 1918 May 28 

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"Just to say hello as I happed to have this postal - I sent you some snap shots in a letter yesterday and will send the rest in a few days. Love to all..."

 2010.019.1.10 Letter 1918 Jun 11 

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"Dear Mother--A year ago to-day I held up my right hand and became Pvt. N. Sweetser at Essington, Pa...The aviator camp is a rather peculiar unit in the scheme of things...."

 2010.019.1.10 Letter 1918 Jun 16 

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"Dear Mother...To-day I finished up my training here so I am approaching the time that I can prove that i am worth all the time and money the Government has spent on me...."

 2010.019.1.10 Letter 1918 Jun 23 

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"Dear Mother...I shall be here [Rome] a couple more days and then move on to another school. While here I have ordered another uniform and extra bre3eches of Bidford cord - a very heavy stuff. Also I have gotten a lot of other equipment including a watch...."

 2010.019.1.10 Letter 1918 Jun 27 

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"Dear Mother--You don't know what a relief it is to be in this new location. We got in night before last and after eating went straight to bed. We spent the morning and early afternoon in Milan and I got a very favorable impression of the city...."

 2010.019.1.10 Letter 1918 Jun 29 

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"Dear Mother--Thought this might interest you...." Written on verso of a concert program in Italian.

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Aug 10 

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"Dear Mother--To-day has been quite a day. To begin with I got up early to fly a new machine, or rather one that has been in the hospital recently, but it had a relapse...You mentioned seeing the camouflaged ships for thr first time...they are warships camouflaged to look like merchant vessels and so [---] submarines to attack them...."

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Aug 21 

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Dear Mother...I was surprised and pleased this morning to be able to buy a copy of 'The Stars and Stripes' at a news stand in town. It as you no doubt know is the official A.E.F. newspaper published by and for that organization itself...."

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Sept 15 

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"Dear Mother--Have been up here [Milan] two days to get a new machine but as it is not ready I am going back by rail and will return later for the machine...."

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Sept 18 

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"Dear Mother--Back again once more and I found your letter of July 24th and 27th waiting for me together with one from Father which was doubly appreciated because of the rarity of its specie...."

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Sept 22 

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"Dear Mother...To-day has been glorious. We - Doug, Bill, Shelton and I - were sitting in the Cova the restaurant headquarters of the A.E.F. in Italy waiting for lunch when a Red Cross Capt. very kindly asked us if we wanted to go out to [L-- C--] with him in his Ford...."

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Sept 26 

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"Dear Mother--Still here [Milan] but I have hopes of leaving via air route this evening...."

 2010.019.1.11 Postcards 1918 Sept 28 

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"Dear Mother--You see I didn't [---] as expected and so am putting in a two day wait in the most pleasant way imaginable [Stresa]...." Enclosed with the letter are 4 picture postcards depicting scenes in and around Stresa.

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4 picture postcards.

 2010.019.1.11 Letter 1918 Sept 29 

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"Dear Mother--Back here [Milan] again to my sorrow for in spite of the delights of Milan I like Stresa better...."

 2010.019.1.12 Letter 2/20/1931 

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Carbon copy typed and signed letter from "Sidney" to Miss Edith Sweetser regarding a joint bank account belonging to Edith, Marion and Norman Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.12 Letter 1931 May 21 

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Carbon copy typed letter from [SPS] to Miss Edith Sweetser regarding the status of a joint account belonging to Edith, Marion and Norman Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.12 Postcard Undated 

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Souvenir postcard depicting Old Pier & Douglas Head, Isle of Man.

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 2010.019.1.12 Miscellaneous 1874-1931   3.0 Items

 2010.019.1.12 Document 1945 Mar   1.0 Item

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Page torn from a date book, Mar 1945, with handwritten notes and addresses.

 2010.019.1.12 Document Oct 14 

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State of New York claim for benefits and notification of continuance of total unemployment stub. $26.00 for Norman Sweetser.

 2010.019.1.12 Luggage tag Undated 

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Luggage or parcel tag, Burlington Lines, made out to Lt. Thomas O. Waage, 314 Bomb Wing, Peterson FLD, Colo.

 2010.019.2-3 Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser 1874-1917   5 manuscript books

 2010.019.2.1 Manuscript book 1875-1878 

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Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser: Manuscript book #1 containing handwritten transcriptions of quotations; personal writings; lists of marriages and funerals for 1875-1878.

 2010.019.2.2 Manuscript book 1889 

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Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser: Manuscript book #2 containing handwritten transcriptions of quotations and personal writings.

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Housed together with 2010.019.2.1

 2010.019.3.1 Manuscript book Undated 

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Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser: Manuscript book #3 containing handwritten transcriptions of quotations and personal writings.

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Housed together with 2010.019.3.2-3

 2010.019.3.2 Manuscript book Undated 

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Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser: Manuscript book #4 containing handwritten transcriptions of quotations and personal writings.

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Housed together with 2010.019.3.1, 3

 2010.019.3.3 Manuscript book 1917 Dec 27 

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Rev. Edwin C. Sweetser: Manuscript book #5 containing handwritten transcriptions of quotations and personal writings.

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Housed together with 2010.019.3.1-2

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