Guide to the Irving E. White Letters, 1918-1919
Collection number: MC 158
Size: 1 box
About Irving E. White
Irving E. White, of Canaan, New Hampshire, entered boot camp at Camp Upton, New York
in September of 1918 and was transferred to France in December of that same year,
where he remained until June of 1919.
About the Irving E. White Letters
The Irving E. White Collection contains 38 letters, written from Irving White to his
sister Elsie "and all the others" (his parents, his sister Myrtie and brother Earl).
The letters from Camp Upton describe life in a World War I boot camp and indicate
White’s palpable reluctance to go to "that Place," that is, abroad to war. There is
a reference to the influenza epidemic of 1918. The letters from France are mainly in
response to letters from his family, describing life in New Hampshire more than in
wartime France, with the exception of descriptions of food. A trip to Paris and a
review of the troops by General Pershing are mentioned (11 April, 1919). The
collection also includes a newspaper clipping from Thanksgiving 1918, probably sent
to White by his mother or sister, which humorously contrasts the respective feelings
of the family at home and the soldier at the front about the holiday, and seventeen
“soldiers mail” envelopes.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], Irving E. White Letters, 1918-1919, MC 158, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ, June 2, 1997 (Accession number:
|Box 1, Folder 1||September-December, 1918|
|Box 1, Folder 2||January-March, 1919|
|Box 1, Folder 3||April, 1919|
|Box 1, Folder 4||May-June, 1919|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Newspaper clipping, undated|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Envelopes, 1918-1919|