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Guide to the Jay E. Allen Letters MSS.2342

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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

February 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-21T17:12-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

October 2010
Collection Title:

Jay E. Allen Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.2342

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (12 letters)

Dates:

1917-1919

Abstract:

Twelve letters from Jay E. Allen of Co. D, 1st Ammunition Train, 4th Motor Battalion of the American Expeditionary Forces, written between November 1917 to January 1919, to his sister, Lucy (Mrs. John) Davis of Lansing, Michigan.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains letters written by Private (later Wagoner) Jay E. Allen, between November 1917 and January 1919, to his sister, Lucy (Mrs. John) Davis of Lansing, Michigan, while he was in the Army. He first trained at Camp Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan, and then Camp Merritt in New Jersey before being sent to France and Germany with the 4th Morot Truck Company, 1st Division Ammunition Train of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Allen's letters to his sister are chatty, dealling mainly with the harvest, the mail he has (or has not) received, his brother and brother-in-law, and with what he was allowed to tell her before leaving for France. Once in France he again focuses on the harvest, this time in France, and going home - particularly after the signing of the Armistice.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2010

Acquisition Information:

donated by Wade Hall, 2006

Biographical/Historical note

Jay Elmer Allen was born on October 18, 1889 in Michigan, the oldest son of Elmer E. Allen. He registered for the draft in June 1917 and was at Camp Custer (Michigan) in November 1917, Camp Merritt (New Jersey) in February 1918, and in France by Mother's Day (May 1918).

Preferred Citation:

Jay E. Allen Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Letters Box SC0010 Folder 2342.01