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Current Exhibit:

A Century On: 

Remembering the Great War

 

 

World War One soldiers and a ruin

MS 66: Francis Wolle Collection


Exhibit runs 6 February – 15 August 2014

 

 

The Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Colorado Boulder presents A Century on:  Remembering the Great War, a commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.  This exhibit features the letters, maps, photographs, posters and war-time artifacts of esteemed former University of Colorado Boulder faculty:  law professor and football coach Fred G. Folsom (1873-1944), English professor and drama coach Francis Wolle (1889-1979), and History professor James Field Willard (1876-1935).  The works of ordinary soldiers as well as authors on both sides of the conflict – Ernest Hemingway, John dos Passos, Siegfried Sassoon, John Masefield, Rupert Brooke, T.E. Lawrence, Ernst Jünger, and Erich Maria Remarque among them – leave us with their own remembrances of the Great War and its aftermath.      

  
Highlights of the exhibit include the Francis Wolle Collection of intelligence maps, Signal Corps photographs, and letters home, in which Wolle shares his impressions of the state of the town of Verdun in the months after the Armistice.  Marking the course of the war through letters and postcards, the Leonard Tinnè Berthon Collection relates the sad account of one British captain who did not make it home.  War-time helmets, an American gas mask, and a French Croix de Guerre are among the items that round out our exhibit. 


Please join us in Special Collections, Norlin Library N345, during our walk-in hours Thursday and Friday afternoons between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. or Monday through Wednesday by appointment.  A Century on:  Remembering the Great War runs through August 15th.   Special Collections will host an open house, free and open to the public, featuring both the exhibit and selections of early twentieth-century war photography, April 11th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  For more information or to schedule a visit, call 303/492-6144 or email: spc@colorado.edu.


World War and Remembrance:


South Wall, Case 1:

  • Alsace-Lorraine: President Wilson’s Address to Congress, Jan. 8, 1918.  World War I Poster Collection, Folder 5, Archives, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.  Collected by James F. Willard. 
  • “Treaty of Peace with Germany.” Senate Documents Vol. 13, 66th Congress: 1st Session, May 19-November 19, 1919. Document No. 49. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919. KF12 U5.

South Wall, Case 2: 

  • Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud.  1914-1919: La Guerre: 150 planches artistiques de la collection personnelle du commandant Tournassoud. Lyon: Argence & Vidal, [1920?]. SPC SCUBA D522 .T6 1920.
  • French infantry officer's helmet, 1st Model, M15.  Courtesy of the R.T.N. Collection.
  • French Croix de Guerre with star.  Courtesy of private collection. 
  • French R. Lalique War Relief Medal (Orphelinat des Armées); German Zeppelin Badge (Z); British Royal Naval Division Machine Gun Battalion Cap-badge (R.N.D.); British (92 Punjabis) Cap-badge; British Royal Naval Air Service Armoured Car Section Collar-badge (R.N.A.S.). Courtesy of the R.T.N. Collection.
  • British 1914/15 Star K. 24965. W.R. LaPidge STO.2.R.N.  British war medal DMZ-138367 PTE.J.M.J. Wright A.S.C. and British WWI Victory Medal 52036 A.SJT.T.P. Springfield R.A.M.C. Courtesy of private collection. 
  • Underwood & Underwood, stereopticon photographs.  Gift of John C. van Bradt. Uncat 05-05-70 OS2.
  • T.E. Lawrence.  Seven Pillars of Wisdom.  Uncat 94-7-86.      
  • T.E. Lawrence.  Secret Dispatches from Arabia.  Cockerell Press.  Goldman Collection.    
  • Captain Leonard Tinnè Berthon Collection.  MS 424. 
  • German dog tags [erkennungsmarken].  Courtesy of Al Goranson. 
  • Adolf Hitler.  Mein Kampf.  München: F. Eher Nachf., 1925-1927.  SPC PLUME DD247.H5 A3. 
  • European authors on the war:
    • Erich Maria Remarque. All Quiet on the Western Front (Im westen nichts neues).  New York: Limited Editions Club, 1969.  PT2635.E68 I625 1969.    
    • John Masefield. Gallipoli. London: W. Heinemann, 1916. SPC D568.3 .M3.
    • John Masefield. The Old Front Line. New York: Macmillan, 1917. SPC D545 .S7 M3 1917a c.2.
    • John Masefield. The Battle of the Somme. London: Heinemann, 1919. SPC D545 .S7 M29.
    • Rupert Brooke.  “1914,” Five Sonnets. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Limited, 1915. SPC PR6003 .R4 N5.
    • Ernst Jünger. In Stahlgewittern: aus dem Tagebuch eines Stosstruppführers. Berlin: E.S. Mittler & Sohn, 1922. SPC D640 .J692 1922.
    • Siegfried Sassoon.  Collected Poems.  With introduction by Henri Barbusse, Le Feu.  London:  Faber & Faber, [1947].  PR6037 .A86 1947.
  • German emergency money, Reichsbank and Reichsschulden verwaltung. Winestine Collection of Emergency paper money and miscellaneous bank notes. MS 264, envelope 2.
  • French emergency money, Banque de France. Winestine Collection of Emergency paper money and miscellaneous bank notes. MS 264, envelope 1.
  • German authors on the war: 
    • Karl Ewald Olszewski. Der Kriegs-Struwwelpeter. München: Holbein-Verlag, 1915. SPC D526.5 .O5 1915.
    • Ernst Jünger. Der Kampf um das Reich. Essen: Wilhelm Kamp, [c. 1930]. SPC DD248 .K36 1930.
    • Edmund Schultz and Friedrich G. Jünger. Das Gesicht der Demokratie. Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel: [c1931]. DD238 .S3.
    • Ernst Jünger. Das antlitz des Weltkrieges. Berlin: Neufeld & Henius, [1930]. SPC D522 .J8 1930x c.2.

The American Experience: 


North Wall, Case 1:

  • Underwood & Underwood, photographs and stereopticon.  Gift of John C. van Bradt. Uncat 05-05-70 OS2.
  • Committee of Public Information.  A Danger to Democracy.  Four Minute Men.  Bulletin, no. 24.  (Feb. 18, 1918). 
  • WWI issue helmet, Fred G. Folsom. MS 246: Folsom/Elting Collection, Box 301; WWI issue gas mask, Fred G. Folsom.  MS 246: Folsom/Elting Collection, Box 301.
  • Franklin Folsom letter to Fred Folsom, “Dear Papa,” 1918.  MS 246 Folsom/Elting Collection, Box 217, Folder 9; Fred Folsom letter to Franklin Folsom, 1 January, 1919; Franklin Folsom letter to Fred Folsom, 1 January 1919.  MS 246 Folsom/Elting Collection, Box 217, Folder 10.
  • Fred G. Folsom, center, holding the far end of the bucking strap he invented.  Undated.  MS 246 Folsom/Elting Collection, Box 216, Folsom Photographs. 
  • “War as an Industry.” Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 190, No. 50, June 15, 1918. Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing Co, 1918.  AP2 .S2 v.190 (April-June, 1918). 

North Wall, Case 2:

  • I Want You for The Navy.  World War I Poster Collection.University of Colorado Boulder Archives. 
  • American authors on the war: 
    • John dos Passos. Three Soldiers. New York: George H. Doran Co, 1921. SPC PS3507 .O743 T5 c.2.
    • Ernest Hemingway.  A Farewell to Arms. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929. SPC PS3515 .E37 .F3 1929a.
    • Dalton Trumbo. Johnny Got His Gun. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Co, 1929. SPC Ps3539 .R928 .J6.
    • T.S. Eliot. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922. SPC PS3509 .L43 .W3 1922.
  • Erskine Reed Myer.  Lieutenant, 356th Infantry, 89th Division, U.S.A. Keeping Step, 1917, 1918, 1919; The Letters of a Doughboy Lieutenant. 1930. MS 87.
  • The Red Cross Magazine (September, 1918; October, 1918). 
  • J. Fred Harley. When is His Highness? Or, The Disgrace of the Sam Browne Belt, c.1951. MS 86.

Western Front / Home Front:


Floor Case 1:

  • Verdun, annotated map.  Base Printing Plant 29th Engineers, U.S. Army, 1918. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 3, Map Case 2.
  • Francis Wolle to Mrs. Hartley C. Wolle in Verdun, France. February 2, 1919. MS 66, Box 1.
  • Headquarters, IV Army Corps, Special Orders, No. 26. January 26, 1919. Orders for and report on a surveillance mission. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 13, Folder 1.
  • View looking into the city of Verdun at the Porte Chausse. Private E.L. Rose, 4th Corps artist, is seen sketching. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #15. MS 66, Box 3.
  • View of Cathedral of Verdun made from the courtyard of made from the courtyard of the College Marguerite. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #16. MS 66, Box 3.
  • Ruins of an old Church at Consenvoye showing a horse-shoer of the 23rd Engineers, Wagon Co. #3, at work in the transept. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #10. MS 66, Box 3.
  • View looking into the village of Consenvoye to the northeast.; foreground Pvt. E.L. Rose, 4th Corps Artist, sketching ruins, background kitchen of Wagon Co #3, 23rd Engineers. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #11. MS 66, Box 3.
  • View of Verdun showing Porte Chaussee. On the left is a shell-spattered wall. On the right in the distance is the Cathedral. In the foreground are barbed-wire entanglements. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #14. MS 66, Box 3.

Floor Case 2:

  • View of a Tank Barrier. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #1. MS 66, Box 3.
  • View of the entrance to German officers’ quarters on a hillside south of Reville. The face of the Kaiser out in stone has been nearly destroyed. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #9. MS 66, Box 3.
  • Scene on Verdun-Etain road near the crossroads to Eix. 4th Corps Historical Survey Party eating dinner. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #17. MS 66, Box 3.
  • Close-up view of dugout at Menil-la-Tour used as P.C. by Army Corps from Sept. 11th Mihiel offensive. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #37. MS 66, Box 3.
  • Chateau St. Menil-la-Tour used as headquarters, 4th Corps. Sept. 10th to Oct. 10th 1918. Francis Wolle Photo Collection, #35. MS 66, Box 3.
  • Letter from Francis Wolle to Mrs. Hartley C. Wolle from the war front, September 21, 1918. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 1.
  • Letter from Francis Wolle to Mrs. Hartley C. Wolle, with envelope, August 23, 1918. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 1. Army Corps. Staff, 3rd Office, General Order No. 141 [censored]. August 16th, 1918. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 1.
  • Letter from Francis Wolle to Mrs. Hartley C. Wolle concerning the signing of the armistice, January 10, 1919. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 1.
  • Letter from Francis Wolle to Mrs. Hartley C. Wolle from France, with envelope, October 20, 1918. Francis Wolle Collection. MS 66, Box 1.

Floor Case 3:

  • William Arthur Jones, Company K, 23rd Engineers, U.S. Army.  Photograph, Honorable Discharge, and naturalization certificate.  Courtesy of Prof. Margaret Jobe. 
  • War-time sheet music, Courtesy of the Rosamond Cann Collection:
  • Irving Berlin. Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning. Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., 1918.
  • Geoffrey O’Hara.  K-K-K-Katy. Leo. Feist, Inc., 1918. Harry von Tilzer. Bring Back, Bring Back, Bring Back the Kaiser to Me. Lyrics by Adele Rowland and Eddie Moran. Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. Co, 1917.
  • Harry L. Watson.  Khaki Bill. C. L. Barnhouse, 1917.
  • Billy Baskette. Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France. Lyrics by C. Francis Reisner and Benny Davis. Leo. Feist, Inc., 1917.
  • Egbert van Alstyne. For Your Boy and My Boy. Lyrics by Gus Kahn. Jerome H. Remick and Co., 1918.
  • Con Conrad.  Oh!  Frenchy.  Lyrics by Sam Ehrlich.  Broadway Music Corporation, 1918. 
  • Corporal James A. Cann, CO E 353 Infantry, and family photograph.  Courtesy of the Rosamond Cann Collection. 
  • Cantonment Life, Camp Funston Illustrated.  Baird Company Engravers, 1918.  University of Colorado Boulder Archives.

Floor Case 4:

  • Thomas L. Fletcher World War I Scrapbook with U.S. Military dog tags. France, 1917. MS 262.
  • “Great War Ends.” The Chicago Daily Tribune, 77 270 (Nov 11, 1918): 1.

Acknowledgements: 


Special Collections would like to acknowledge the many contributions of Lauren Stapleton, Patrick Mulcrone, Andrew Violet, Deborah Fink, Prof. Deborah Hollis, Elizabeth Newsom, Greg Robl, Louis Zeller, Katelyn Cook, and Anna Slover to the production of this exhibit.  Special thanks are also due to Prof. Bruce Montgomery, David Hays and the staff of Archives, Dr. Carol Byerly, Prof. Margaret Jobe, Leanne Walther, Ross Etherton, Randall Nishiyama, Barry Ratliff, Al Goranson, Joe Hughes, and Darwin and Beverly Guinn for their much appreciated support and expertise.