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Title:
Samuel Woodfill Correspondence
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc3b591n148
Dates:
1914-1915
Size:
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002039
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of 64 pictorial postcards written by Samuel Woodfill, mostly addressed to Lorena "Blossom" Wiltshire. Written during Woodfill's time serving in the U. S. Army, the postcards feature images of San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Laredo, and Mexico and its inhabitants. Woodfill writes of camp life, daily activities, weather, training, and conflicts on the Texas-Mexican border.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of 64 pictorial postcards written by Samuel Woodfill, mostly addressed to Miss Lorena "Blossom" Wiltshire. Written during Woodfill's time serving in the U. S. Army, the postcards feature images of San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Laredo, and Mexico and its inhabitants. Woodfill writes of camp life, daily activities, weather, training, and conflicts on the Texas-Mexican border.

A small number of postcards are printed with pictures from the Mexican Revolution, including "After the Battle - Ravine Where the Dead Have Been Thrown" and "Carranza at the Front Eating Hot Tamales." Other postcards picture Mexican subjects and street scenes, and also American military personnel while "Drilling" and at "Mess hour in camp at Ft. Sam Houston." Woodfill wrote the first two letters in this collection from Oklahoma and nearly all others in Laredo, Texas.

Most of the postcards are addressed to his future wife, Blossom, in Cinncinati. Two are addressed to William Wiltshire, who he writes to as "Dad". His correspondence also mentions receiving letters from Blossom and visiting the Wiltshires.

Content Warning

The postcard "After the Battle - Ravine Where the Dead Have Been Thrown," dated November 3, 1914, features a photograph image of dead bodies.

Arrangement

Materials were arranged in chronological order.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from McBride Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2023-105).

Appraisal

No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lauren C. Williams in June 2023.

Finding aid written by Lauren C. Williams in June 2023, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Samuel Woodfill Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc3b591n148
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002039