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Flori Family Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 50]

Identifier: 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.


  • 1917-1940


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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0.30 Linear Feet

79 items other_unmapped

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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.

Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts and Archives.

Flori Family Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 50]DOC MSS 50
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Repository Details

Part of the Saint Louis University Archives Repository

Pius XII Memorial Library
3650 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis Missouri 63108 United States