Contents and Arrangement

8 ALsS, 1918 May-June

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of letters written by Agate to his wife, Helen, while he was a driver for the American Red Cross Ambulance Corps in Italy during World War I (1918). The letters include detailed content about driving wounded soldiers on the front to safety, talking with Austrian prisoners, and the good treatment he received from the Italians. The 26 June letter describes how he brought back an injured and abandoned soldier while under heavy fire from the Austrians. According to a note written by a family member on an envelope, Agate was an acquaintance of Ernest Hemingway and his story was used in one of Hemingway's novels. Also included is a diary that documents Agate's sea voyage from New York to England, Paris, and Milan, two photographs of Red Cross ambulances, a cablegram and a telegram sent to Agate by his wife, and a small selection of miscellaneous material.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed and AMs = autograph manuscript.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

8 ALsS; Frederic J. Agate Papers, C0974, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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