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Collection Scope and Content Note


The collection includes primarily the papers of Harry S. Gabriel including letters to his mother and fiancee, Ellen Wigsten, depicting daily life before and after the armistice, written from American training camps and the French front, his war diary (October - November 1918) describing night patrols, documents relating to his military service and awards, photographs of Gabriel in uniform and of Camp Dix, New Jersey, and related printed matter, including an orientation pamphlet titled "France Our Ally" (1918); also Gabriel's letters from England (1919) giving impressions of the country and describing life at Oxford University, his travels in England, and his farm observations near Oxford, letters (1916-1918) in French to Miss Wigsten from a Belgian soldier, containing scattered references to the war, and other subjects.

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