New Descriptions Of World War I Collections Now Available

Monday, June 29, 2015
Photograph of woman in Belgium

New finding aids to seventeen World War I collections are now available through the Online Archive of California. Highlights include photographs and scrapbooks from US relief workers in France, a memoir describing Ernest Hemingway's work in the ambulance service, and documents from the Siberia-based "Wolfhounds."


Frank Angell Papers

The papers of this US psychologist and special representative to the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) from 191516 include materials relating to CRB's work in Belgium and to the German occupation of the country. Also included are materials documenting the work of the Comité National de Secours et d'Alimentation and Belgian unemployment before and during World War I.

Robert Arrowsmith Papers

Arrowsmith, an engineer from New Jersey, served as a member of the CRB department in charge of the transportation and distribution of food supplies in Liège. The papers contain clippings, printed matter, memorabilia, and photographs documenting these activities as well as relief publicity in the US. 

Frederick H. Chatfield Papers

Chatfield served as secretary of the Cincinnati branch of the CRB and was its delegate to the Commission du Lait of Le Comité de Secours et d'Alimentation de l’Arrondissement de Liège, a relief committee providing food and establishing dairy production centers in Liège during World War I. The papers include photographs, printed matter, and memorabilia.

Mrs. Leland E. Cofer Papers

Cofer (née Luisita Leland), an active member of the American Red Cross, helped establish Fatherless Children of France during World War I. Her papers document these activities and also include the papers of her husband, a health officer for the Port Authority of New York and assistant surgeon general of the US Public Health Service.

Helen Cutter Dobson Papers

The papers of this American Red Cross worker with the American Expeditionary Forces in France from 191819 include photographs, postcards, clippings, and a diary.

Rebecca Flint Papers

The papers of Flint, a YMCA relief worker in France from 191819, include travel documents, diaries, newspapers, postcards, and photographs documenting the experience of US relief workers during the war. 

Henry Nelson Hammond Papers

Hammond, a corporal in the US Army 27th Infantry (known as the "Wolfhounds"), was in far eastern Russia as part of the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia. His papers contain diaries, photographs, and other documents covering his enlistment and deployment in Russia.

John Kohnen Honey Papers

Honey's papers include diaries, letters, correspondence, clippings, postcards, and photographs documenting the American ambulance service attached to French Army forces in France during World War I. 

W. H. Honens Photograph Collection

These albums depict the activities of Stanford's unit of the Friends of France California, a US ambulance service in France and Albania during World War I.

Charles Kendrick Papers

The papers of this US businessman relate to US military activities in France during World War I, Herbert Hoover, national business associations in the United States, and San Francisco civic affairs.

Charles Nelson Leach Papers

The materials in this collection cover three periods of Leach’s life: his work in World War I-era Europe with the CRB and the American Relief Administration (1917–20); his internment by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II and his return home (194245); and his involvement with the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, particularly his attendance on an expedition to the Belgian Congo (largely the 1950s).

Edward Bartlett Lee Papers

The papers of this National War Savings Committee publicist consist of materials relating to the activities of various relief organizations during and immediately after World War I and to the Liberty Loan drives and other aspects of the war effort in the United States.

Lewis A. Maverick Papers

The papers of this US pacifist include correspondence, photographs, essays, reports, memoranda, diaries, newspaper clippings, and other documents related to the Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915), the Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation and International Committee for Immediate Mediation (1916), and various other international and US peace organizations.

Eliot Grinnell Mears Papers

The papers of this US trade commissioner in Turkey from 191920 include materials relating to economic conditions in the Balkans and Near East, to US commerce with Turkey, and to the US economy during World War II.

Lulu Ryan Rolston Papers

This collection contains photographs, documents, and scrapbooks from Rolston’s career at the American Ambulance Hospital of Paris and the New York Hospital in France. Also included are photographs and documents from her husband, Howard Rolston.

San Francisco Public Library Collection

These pamphlets, relating primarily to World War I and World War II in Europe, were collected by the San Francisco Public Library and bound into books by subject.

Henry Serrano Villard typescript : Red Cross driver in Italy : a memoir of the First World War

Relates to the American Red Cross ambulance service in Italy during World War I, and to Villard's acquaintanceship with the writer Ernest Hemingway in the ambulance service. Appendices include rosters of Red Cross personnel in Italy, and a copy of a 1918 article by Hemingway in a Red Cross bulletin.