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Clarence Carpenter Diaries

Identifier: SC 01037

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Scope and Contents

Diaries, 1918-1919, of Clarence Carpenter, a corporal in the United States Army during World War I. The first diary includes a list of all of the solidiers who were in his unit as well as their ranks. It also includes entries about his service during World War I, including his trip to Europe on the USS Wilhelmina, an encounter with a German U-boat, and their landing in France in July 1918. His unit never seemed to make it to the front lines before the war ended, so they marched to Marseille, from which they took a ship back to New York City. On the trip home, they spent time at Gibraltar. The second diary contains a typed transcription of the first.


  • Creation: 1918-1919


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Related Materials:

A military button (2011.604.01) received with this collection was transferred upon arrival to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03).

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Separated Materials:

A military button (2011.604.01) received with this collection was transferred upon arrival to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03).

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley in October 2011.

Guide to the Clarence Carpenter Diaries
Finding Aid Authors: Benjamin Bromley, Public Services Archives Specialist.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository