Contents and Arrangement

Letters to His Wife, 1914 August

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2011 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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:

Letters to His Wife; Herbert Cecil Potter Papers, C1409, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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