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

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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

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

December 2009
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 Sgt. Porter B. Rudolf, Jr. and Cpl. 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 or not going home.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of 30 letters from Sgt. Porter B. Rudolf, Jr. and Cpl. 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-"

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2007

Preferred Citation:

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

Letters Box SC0001 Folder 1983

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, October 17, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32213

Letter from Porter B. Rudolf, Jr., France, to Dad, Chicago, Illinois, November 21, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32214

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Cohons, France, to Dad, Chicago, Illinois, November 24, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32215

Letter from Porter B. Rudolf, Jr., Berdorg, Luxembourg, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, March 31, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32216

Letter from Porter B. Rudolf, Jr., Berdorg, Luxembourg, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32217

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 8, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32218

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 9, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32219

Letter from Porter B. Rudolf, Jr., Berdorg, Luxembourg, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 17, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32220

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 20, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32221

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 22, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32222

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32223

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32224

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32225

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32226

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32227

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 12, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32228

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 14, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32229

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 15, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32230

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 16, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32231

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 19, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32232

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 21, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32233

Letter from Porter B. Rudolf, Jr. to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 24, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32234

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32235

Letter from Porter B. Rudolf, Jr. to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, May 31, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32236

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, June 1, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32237

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, June 4, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32238

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, June 6, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32239

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32240

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, June 11, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32241

Letter from Roy P. Rudolf, Verneuil, France, to Mother, Chicago, Illinois, June 15, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32242