Ben Byrnes Collection of miscellaneous WWI photographs
2010.034

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Byrnes, Ben
Title
Ben Byrnes collection of miscellaneous WWI photographs
ID
2010.034
Date [inclusive]
1912-1919
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
The collection is largely in good condition. Some of the photographs have creases were they have been bent and some have torn edges or corners. Two of the photos have visibly faded and may need to remain out of the light, but most are clear and defined. The photographs are in stable condition and not in immediate danger of deteriorating, therefore no special handling requirements are needed beyond standard archival practices.
Language
Multiple languages
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Ben Byrnes Collection of miscellaneous WWI photographs, 1912-1919. Coll No. 2010.034. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of twenty photographs ranging in dates from 1866 -1917. Seventeen of the photos were taken during World War I, mostly of U.S. and European soldiers in uniform. The WWI photographs were taken in England, France, and Russia. Two other photos were taken in 1866 and 1867 respectively, one is of a man in civilian clothing, the other is of a man in military uniform. Accompanying the picture of the soldier from 1867 are five military documents/correspondence ranging from 1895-1913.

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Arrangement note

These photographs are arranged by alphabetically. Portraits have been separated into those that have been identified and those that have not.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 2011 July

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

Revision Description

  2011 July; 2013 July.

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no access restrictions, at this time the collection is open for use.

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

Processing Information note

This collection was initially processed by Michael Juen as part of a class project. Volunteer, Amy Ziegler updated the finding aid and rehoused the material in July 2011. The finding aid was further expanded by Milissa Burkart.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Photographs.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Personal Name(s)

  • Byrnes, Ben

Subject(s)

  • Photography, Military.
  • Postcards -- World War I.
  • Postcards.
  • Special Collections -- Photographs -- World War, 1914-1918.
  • World War I Collection.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Canada
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- France.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Photographs.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Russia
  • World War, 1914-1918.

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Collection Inventory

 2010.034.1.1 Photo-postcard 1919 September 19   13.7 x 8.7 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Elderly bearded man (with an Amish-like appearance) holding a sign in his right hand with the dates Sept 5, 1864/June 12, 1865 while touching with his left hand an American flag hanging behind him. Pictured standing beside him is a young man in uniform holding a sign in his left hand with the dates Oct 5, 1917/Sept 9, 1919 while grasping the lower edge of the flag.

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 2010.034.1.2 Photo-postcard Undated   8.8 x 14 cm Sepia-toned photo-postcard

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Pencilled message on verso is written from Dr. S.A. [Fen---], 13th Battery, 5th London Brigade, RFA, [Larn] Hill, Salisbury Plain, Salibury, to Miss Catherine Jordan in London.

"Dear Catherine, a card as promised I'm having a ripping time and am as brown as your dress. Yours sincerely, S.A. [Fen---]

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 2010.034.1.3 Photo-postcard Undated   14 x 8 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Photo of a soldier (facing the camera) pictured in helmet, uniform, laced-up boots, binoculars and other gear, with a white arm band on his right arm and an [ARN] arm band on his left arm. He is pictured standing in front of the side of a stucco-like building.

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 2010.034.1.4 Photo-postcard Undated   9 x 14 cm Sepia-toned photo-postcard

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Group photo of uniformed soldiers (5 are standing, the other 2 kneeling on one knee) with a small dog, printed on a Carte Postale postcard.

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 2010.034.1.5 Photo-postcard Undated   13.7 x 8.6 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Studio portrait (with woodland backdrop) of a soldier in cap, dress uniform, and dark gloves.

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 2010.034.1.6 Photo-postcard Undated   13.9 x 8.9 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Studio portrait (with a river bank backdrop) of a seated, uniformed young soldier. A cameo of an older woman in uniform with two young girls is featured in the upper right corner of the portrait. Printed on verso of a Carte Postale postcard.

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 2010.034.1.7 Photo-postcard Undated   7.8 x 13.4 cm B/W photo-postcard, trimmed

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Studio portrait of two young uniformed men, both whose uniforms bear oak leaf pendants.

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 2010.034.1.8 Photo-postcard Undated   13.9 x 8.8 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Studio portrait, in an oval format, of two uniformed men seated and looking at a book-like object.

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 2010.034.1.9 Photograph Undated   14.1 x 8.3 cm B/W photograph

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Uniformed soldier with rifle is pictured with an older woman holding a handgun, standing in the snow with a set of snow shoes propped up between them.

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 2010.034.1.10 Photo-postcard Undated   7.1 x 13.8 cm B/W photo-postcard, trimmed

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Group photo of R.O.T.C. - Fort Snelling, Minnesota, featuring Henry Bender.

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 2010.034.1.11 Photograph Undated   13.6 x 8.6 cm B/W photograph

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Henry Bender pictured in uniform, standing with a cane.

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 2010.034.1.12 Photograph Undated   13.7 x 8.6 cm B/W photograph

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Henry Bender pictured in uniform and seated.

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 2010.034.1.13 Photograph Undated   Photograph measures 14.3 x 9.3 cm; photo mat measures 25.3 x 20.6 cm Sepia-toned studio portrait, matted. Copyright Hugh Nichols, Denver.

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Studio portrait of William Gallagher pictured in uniform and seated in a mission-style wooden chair.

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 2010.034.1.14 Photo-postcard circa 1917   13.9 x 8.9 cm Sepia-toned photo-postcard. Water damaged along bottom and lower right-hand corner.

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Studio portrait of Frank [Robinson], seated and in dress uniform, printed on verso of a Carte Postale postcard with the handwritten note "Paris, 1917".

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 2010.034.1.16 Photograph Undated   Photograph measures 20.2 x 12.3 cm; portfolio measures 20.7 x 13.4 cm, closed. Sepia-toned studio portrait with portfolio

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Studio portrait of Palmer Dow Russell, pictured in uniform and seated on the arm of an ornate wooden chair.

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 2009.010.2 Photo-postcard 1917 August 12   13.7 x 8.4 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Studio portrait of a uniformed soldier named "Will". Handwritten message on verso reads: "Expect to leave St. Louis about Wednesday 8-15 for Nevada Mo and will then go to Ft Sill Okla for further practice. Will." Postcard is addressed to Miss Kate Bates, Piedmont, Mo.

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 2010.034.1.17 Photograph Undated 

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 2010.034.1.18 Snapshot Undated   11.1 x 6.8 cm Sepia-toned snapshot

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Man pictured in uniform with medals and the letters [NJIK--] on his collar. His cap bears a white crucifix. He is pictured standing in the grass with a tapestry or carpet as a backdrop.

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 2010.034.1.19 Photo-postcard Undated   8.7 x 13.8 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Two uniformed soldiers, not American, seated on a boat deck playing checkers.

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 2010.034.1.20 Photo-postcard Undated   13.7 x 8.6 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Three soldiers, not American, with a machine-type gun, pictured outside of an ivy-covered brick building.

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 2009.010.1 Photo-reproduction circa 1915   15.2 x 9.9 cm, trimmed B/W photo-reproduction

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Photo-reproduction of a studio portrait of Han Hurler. This photo-reproduction was accompanied by information provided, presumably by the seller, which reads: "....Kaiser's infantry. Probably a Bavarian Regiment. Survived the war. Came to US in 1926 and worked as a baker in Philly (no foolin')"

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 2010.034.1.21 Photograph circa 1912   10.4 x 6.2 cm B/W studio portrait, copyright H. [Hukou---].

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Studio portrait of a [Russian] priest, seated. Handwritten message in [Russian] ink and the photographers stamp on verso.

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 2010.034.1.22 Photograph circa 1916   10.7 x 6.6 cm B/W studio portrait, copyright [T. Murray].

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Studio portrait of a young [Russian] soldier in uniform with medals and wearing a pointed cap, seated in a chair. Inscribed in ink and dated 24.4.17 on verso.

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 2010.034.1.23 Photo-postcard 1917 July 16   13.6 x 8.5 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Two soldiers, not American, pictured huddled in the doorway of a log structure. One of the men is without shoes. Pencilled message on verso appears to be in French.

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 2010.034.1.24 Photo-postcard Undated   13.8 x 8.7 cm B/W photo-postcard

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Studio portait of a chaplain in uniform, glasses and cap.

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 2010.034.1.25 Photograph circa 1910   13.7 x 8.8 cm B/W photograph

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Studio portrait of a nurse holding up a banner made of a dark background, with a light-colored rectangle with 2 5-pointed stars, at its center.

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