Ben Byrnes collection of Edwin Conroy WWI correspondence
2010.020

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title
Ben Byrnes collection of Edwin Conroy WWI correspondence
ID
2010.020
Date [inclusive]
1918-1919
Extent
1.0 Box
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Ben Byrnes collection of Edwin Conroy WWI correspondence, 1918-1919. Coll No. 2010.020. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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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

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 Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright.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

Purchase

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Infantry Division, 29th.
  • United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 114th.

Personal Name(s)

  • Byrnes, Ben
  • Conroy, Edwin

Subject(s)

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

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Collection Inventory

 2010.020.1.1 Letter with envelope 1918 Jan 11 

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"Dearest Mother...After leaving that morning we took boxcars to St. Argans arriving about 2 a.m. the next mroning selpt in billets that morning then went through the "Mill" had a cootie bath and our clothes steamed...."

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 2010.020.1.2 Leetter with envelope 1918 Jul 1 

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"My own dearest Mother...Had a very unexciting trip over water was fine until about the 12th Day then it was rough. Just had a slight headache otherwise...."

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 2010.020.1.3 Letter with envelope 1918 Jul 14 

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"Dearest Mother...Have certainly been traveling some since I left home I never thought that in 2 1/2 mo. I would be so far away...."

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 2010.020.1.4 Letter with envelope 1918 Jul 20 

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"Dearest Mother & sister...At present I am at a school for [erased by censor]...I have been made a [erased by censor] and will remain so if I make good. It is much better than being in a line company as a man has a chance to think for himself...."

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 2010.020.5 Letter with envelope 1918 Aug 8 

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"My dearest Mother...Received your last letter dated June 30, have had none since...It is certainly a treat to receive a letter from home and I read them over and over until I know them by heart...."

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 2010.020.6 Envelope 1918 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mrs. E. M. Conroy,noting receipt of letter on Sept 20, 1918.

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 2010.020.7 Letter with envelope 1918 Aug 21 

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"My dearest Mother...Poor Henry, my heart goes out to him. I can hardly imagine such a calamity. Just when I was thinking how happy they were to-gether...."

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 2010.020.1.8 Letter 1918 Aug 21 

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"My dear Grandma, Maude & Josie...I thought I would drop you a line tho so as to let you know I am still in France and in the best of health. Will to give all France for one little block in the good old U.S.A...."

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 2010.020.1.9 Letter with envelope 1918 Aug 25 

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"Dearest Grandma...I hope you are feeling fine again and will cook some home-made bread for me when I return. Life is just one march after another here...."

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 2010.020.1.10 Letter with envelope 1918 Aug 25 

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"My dearest Mother...To-day being Sunday in France, seemed more like a Sunday at home with all the Sunday papers. I just sat down and read until my6 eyes were tired...."

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 2010.020.1.11 Letter with envelope 1918 Aug 31 

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"Dearest Mother...Nothing very exciting as I am still back resting. There are a few Boche machines fly over us but the French anti-aircraft guns scare them off...."

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 2010.020.1.12 Letter with envelope 1918 Sept 5 

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"Dearest Mother...I am going on duty at 12 to-night so I thought I would stay up and drop you a line. The French YMCA had an entertainment a couple of nights ago and believe me it was crowded...."

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 2010.020.1.13 Letter with envelope 1918 Sept 12 

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"My dearest Mother...So it is warm in N.Y. I*t has been warm here but for the last 4 days it has rained allmost [sic] coninually making it very muddy and dis-agreeable. But as there are others who suffer more than I, I consider myself well off...."`

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 2010.020.1.14 Envelope circa 1918 Sept 12 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mrs. J. H. Thies.

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 2010.020.1.15 Letter with envelope 1918 Oct 4 

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"My dearest Mother...As I wrote in the last letter we were still in the trenches but at present are out again. The boys are certainly pushing ahead and good news keeps coming in. Maybe by next summer if things keep on I will be home...."

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 2010.020.1.16 Letter with transcription 1919 Oct 10 

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"Dearest Mother....Some place to write a letter in a shell hole. Things are happening so fast its hard to get time to write...."

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 2010.020.1.17 Letter, envelope, transcription 1918 Oct 21 

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"Dearest Mother, Little did I think that when I wrote the letter you will find with this one, I would be mailing if from a hospital...I was gassed laying in a shell hole. I was putting another fellow's gas mask on--and got it myself...."

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 2010.020.1.18 Letter, envelope, transcription 1918 Oct 29 

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"Dearest Mother...Have been laying here dreaming all day, something I haven't done for sometime. I can see around me dozens of buildings that compose the hospital...."

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 2010.020.1.19 Letter, envelope, transcription 1918 Nov 13 

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"Dearest Mother, Well I'm finished and here I am miles away from the front. I can just imagine how welcome it was to the boys to hear they had surrendered and signed the armistise [sic]...."

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 2010.020.1.20 Envelope circa 1918 Nov 22 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mres. James H. Thies, postmarked 22 Nov 1918.

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 2010.020.1.21 Envelope circa 1918 Nov 22 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mrs. E. M. Conroy, postmarked 22 Nov 1918.

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 2010.020.1.22 Letter, envelope, transcription 1918 Dec 1 

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"Dearest Mother, Just waded thru about 6 inches of mud to come over here to write you a letter...Well we can write an tell where we were now, so Ill just tell you a fe places that I can remember. First we came over in the S.S. Pastores an old United [Fruiter]. We were attacked twice by U boats and it was certainly some sight to see the gun crews firing at them...."

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 2010.020.1.23 Letter, envelope, transcription 1918 Dec 1 

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"Dearest Mother...So you read about fighting in the [Vosges in Alsace]. It was mostly patrol fighting or raids by both sides as neither side advanced...."

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 2010.020.1.24 Letter with envelope 1918 Dec 4 

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"My own dearest Mother...oh! how I appreciate and look for your letters. No matter how bad the day or how down cast I feel, your letters make me feel satisfied. It is a feeling indescribable...."

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 2010.020.1.25 Envelope circa 1918 Dec 7 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mrs. E. M. Conroy, noting received 3 Jan 1919.

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 2010.020.1.26 Letter with envelope 1918 Dec 9 

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"Dearest Mother...Just a short note to tell you I am still here at the Convalesant [sic] Camp. To=-day they called for 'H' class to go back to the 29 Division, but as I am 132 I could not go...."

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 2010.020.1.27 Letter with envelope 1918 Dec 15 

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"Dearest Mother...Gee! I wish I could write you I was coming home but the way I am placed here I don't even know where I am going to be to-morrow...."

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 2010.020.1.28 Envelope circa 1918 Dec 18 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mrs. E. M. Conroy, postmarked 16 Dec 18, 1918.

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 2010.020.1.29 Letter fragment with envelope circa 1919 Jan 18 

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"...as sometimes it is impossible to get writing paper and other times I have no time...."

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 2010.020.1.30 Envelope circa 1919 Jan 28 

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Envelope only, addressed to Mrs. E.M. Conroy, postmarked 28 Jan 1919.

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 2010.020.1.31 Postcard circa 1918 

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"To my dear Mother." Embroiderd pansies and sentiment on fabric pocket, pasted into a postcard; small card signed "Love, Ed" tucked into pocket.

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 2010.020.1.32 Letter, envelope, translation circa 1933 Oct 20 

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Association of Veterans of Verdun (R. Panau, Chairman of the Guestbook). Typed, undated form letter to Edwin F. Conroy. "In response to your request, I have the honor to inform you that I shipped today the Medal of Verdun, you will find in this the degree that your name was included on the guestbook of the soldiers of Verdun . Please accept, dear sir and friend, the expression of my best feelings." (translation by Google Translate)

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 2010.020.33 Postcards circa 1918 

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Picture postcards, mostly undated, all with handwritten notes:

1) Trench digging, Camp McClellan, Anniston, Alabama. Postmarked 22 May 1918. Addressed to Conroy's mother. 2) Saint Nazire. Rocks and lighthouse at the city of Martin. Dated Jan 1918. Addressed to Conroy's mother. 3) Tours. Old City Hall and Rabelais Square. Addressed to Conroy's grandmother. 4) Harz, Ottofels (Germany). Addressed to Conroy's mother. 5) American troops in parade, Paris, 4 Jul 1918. Addressed to Conroy's mother. 6) Tent scene, Camp McClellan, Anniston, Alabama. Addressed to Miss Josie Maude Thies. 7) [An ornate building located somewhere in France]. Addressed to Miss Josie Maude Thies. 8) Pier and bandstand at Paignton Green

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 2010.020.1.34 Greeting card circa 1918-1919 

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"Dinna Forget. A Kindly Wish...." Happy New Year card, signed "Edie".

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 2010.020.1.34 Letter circa 1918-1919 

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"From Your Mother..." Handwritten poem to her son.

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 2010.020.1.34 Press clipping circa 1918 

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"Selective draft recruits depart for Fort Slocum. First contingent of 2,000 men, numbering 571, respond to Nation's special call." Press clipping.

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