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June A. Dowling Papers

Identifier: MS 00198

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Scope and Contents

Papers of Sergeant June A. Dowling, consisting of a diary, 1917-1919, photographs, postcards, a French magazine, and a travel permission, all documenting Sergeant Dowling's World War I tour of duty in France. 


  • Creation: 1914, 1917-1919, 1932
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1917-1919


Language of Materials

English French

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Sergeant June A. Dowling, 487th Aero Squadron, U.S. Air Service. Sergeant Dowling’s family originated in Valdosta, Georgia. His father fought for the South in the Civil War, family relocated to Orlando, Florida, and son Bill fought in World War W II.

According to diary entries, June A. Dowling was promoted to corporal in November 1918 and to Sergeant in March 1919.


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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

The fragile condition of some items in this collection may limit handling.

Acquisition Information:


Related Materials

The two books listed below were originally part of the June A. Dowling Papers. They have been separated from this collection and catalogued.

"Tommy Atkins at War, As Told In His Own Letters", by James A. Kirkpatrick published 1914. Tommy Atkins, or Tommy, is a term for a common soldier in the British Army that was already well established in the nineteenth century, but is particularly associated with World War One. The 4 ½ x 7 inch 127 page book contains the British soldiers World War I stories complied from their own letters. This book is now available at Swem Library, call number D544 .K4 1914.

"Legion Airs, Songs of "Over There" and "Over Here", compiled and edited by Frank E. Peat and Lee Orean Smith published in 1932. The 7 x 11 inch and contains over a 100 songs from World War II such as Over There, You’re In The Army Now, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, The Old Gray Mare Hinky-Dinky, and Parley-Voo. This book is now available at Swem Library, call number ML3561.W3 L44 1932.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and described by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist, and rehoused by Vicki O'Brien, SCRC Staff, in April 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository