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Collection Overview

Creator:
Potter, Herbert Cecil, 1875-1964
Title:
Herbert Cecil Potter Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/5712m727n
Dates:
1892-1955 (mostly 1893-1919)
Size:
23 boxes and 9.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-23
Language:
English

Abstract

Potter was a lifelong British military officer who attained the rank of brigadier-general. He served in Ireland (1898), South Africa (1901-1902), Egypt and Sudan (1903-1913), and World War I (1914-1918); he retired in 1927. Consists primarily of Potter's lengthy correspondence with his mother and future wife while stationed abroad, often during significant British military operations, including censor-stamped envelopes.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists primarily of Potter's lengthy correspondence with his mother and future wife while stationed abroad, often during significant British military operations, including censor-stamped envelopes. By means of detailed, very legible letters, the collection thoroughly documents a British officer's life during the historic range of Potter's years, from training at the Royal Military College in the 1890s through the hellish trench warfare of World War I. Potter saw active combat in France throughout World War I, and his unit participated in the Battle of the Somme. Besides several thousand letters, the collection contains Potter's diary for 1897, occasional photographs, and a few relevant newspaper clippings. Letters to Potter by his future wife often relate activities of the Bedford Soldiers' Home, where apparently she played an active role.

Collection Creator Biography:

Potter, Herbert Cecil, 1875-1964

Herbert Cecil Potter was a lifelong British military officer who attained the rank of brigadier-general. He served in Ireland (1898), South Africa (1901-1902), Egypt and Sudan (1903-1913), and World War I (1914-1918); he retired in 1927. Wounded several times, Potter earned several awards for meritorious service. Among Potter's military units were the King's Liverpool Regiment and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He married "May" Griffith in 1913 after carrying on a lengthy military-life romance, marked by long absences and distance. The couple had one son and two daughters.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from Richard Ford Ltd. in 2011 (AM2012-15).

Appraisal

No materials were separated during 2011 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz 2013 in 2011 November . Finding aid written by John Delaney in 2011 November .

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

Herbert Cecil Potter Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/5712m727n
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-23