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General John J. Pershing Expedition Photographic Postcard Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Photographic scenes of military camp life, soldiers, equipment, and battle scenes, including the identification and disposal of Mexican causalities during General John J. Pershing's Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 51 images, 32 of which are photographic postcards (8.5 x 13.5 cm.), 12 are printed postcards (9 x 14 cm.), and 7 are snapshots (12.5 x 17.5 cm.). The majority of the images (approximately 40) are scenes of military camp life, soldiers, and equipment, while the rest feature battle scenes and aftermath, including the identification and disposal of Mexican causalities.

Collection Creator Biography:

Brigadier General John J. Pershing was selected by President Woodrow Wilson to lead a military expedition into Mexico after attacks on US soliders by Francisco "Pancho" Villa in the Texas/Mexican border region on March 9, 1916. Pershing's expedition lasted from March 14, 1916, to February 7, 1917, and ultimately failed in its attempt to capture Villa.

Collection History


This collection was purchased from Howard Karno Books in 2010.

AM 2010-90.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in May 2010.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

General John J. Pershing Expedition Photographic Postcard Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1