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Flori Family Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 50] Edit




  • 1917-1940 (Creation)


  • 0.30 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 79 items other_unmapped (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    This collection consists mainly of letters written to the folks at home in Maplewood, Missouri by three brothers serving in the military during World War One: August G., Charles L., and Joseph C. Flori. The men describe no combat experiences in their missives, but they do speak of their more routine activities at camps in America and later in service in France and Germany. This collection is organized into 2 series:  1. Correspondence;         2. Miscellaneous.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Please contact the Saint Louis University Archives for details.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts and Archives.

  • Preferred Citation

    Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections.  Flori Family Manuscript Collection (DOC MSS 50).

  • Scope and Contents

    These letters from American servicemen in World War One describe day-to-day life in the military--guard duty, the assignment of special duty, moving to ports of embarkation, outfitting for the voyage overseas, different customs encountered in Europe, and relations with the inhabitants of a defeated Germany--while avoiding the experience of combat.  All of the correspondents display the conviction that the war cannot last long once the Americans have entered it, a point of view also embodied in a burlesque of the flight of German Crown Prince Wilhelm's army before the pursuing Americans.