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Guide to the Porter B. Rudolf Jr. and Roy P. Rudolf Letters MSS.1983

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

April 2008

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Porter B. Rudolf Jr. and Roy P. Rudolf Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.1983

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (30 letters, 103 pages)

Dates:

1918 - 1919

Abstract:

Letters from Sergeant Porter B. Rudolf Jr. and Corporal Roy P. Rudolf to their parents in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. The letters (the majority of which are from Roy) describe daily life in France, mainly after the cease fire on November 11, 1918, and the abundance of rumors about going home.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of thirty letters from Sergeant Porter B. Rudolf Jr. and Corporal Roy P. Rudolf to their parents in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, from October 17, 1918, through June 15, 1919. The letters (the majority of which are from Roy) describe daily life in France, mainly after the cease fire on November 11, 1918. Porter's letter of November 21, 1918, gives a detailed account of the last day of the war and the "hoping against hope that the Armistice would be signed which would prevent any one being killed on the final day."

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2007

Preferred Citation:

Porter B. Rudolf, Jr. and Roy P. Rudolf Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2005

Biographical/Historical note

Porter B. Rudolf Jr. was born on November 15, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois, the first of four children (Porter B., Jr., Edna, Roy, and Wilbur) to Porter and Josephine Rudolf. Roy Rudolf was born circa 1898. Porter, or "Po," served in France until the cease fire. Roy served in the 304th Tank Corps and arrived in France in mid-November 1918, after the Armistice. Porter returned to Chicago in early June of 1919, but Roy stayed until sometime later.

Access Restrictions:

none

Source(s)

Hall, Wade, 1934- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Travel and Tourism (localbroad)

War and Military (localbroad)

World War I (localbroad)

World War, 1914-1918 (lcsh)

Letters Box SC0001 Folder 1983.1