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Finding aid for the Arthur Mansback papers

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2011 November

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Mansback, Arthur E.
Title
Arthur Mansback papers
Collection no.
0040
Date
1918, 1940s (bulk 1918)
Extent
0.79 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Arthur Mansback papers consists of letters, postcards, telegrams, photographs, training materials, and printed ephemera created and collected by Private Arthur Mansback during his tour of duty in the United States Army Expeditionary Forces in France during the second half of 1918. The letters, in conjunction with Mansback's training materials and the postcards he collected, provide a broad overview of the daily life of an American foot soldier during the last months of World War I.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Arthur Mansback papers, Collection no. 0040, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

The Arthur Mansback papers consists of letters, postcards, telegrams, photographs, training materials, and printed ephemera created and collected by Private Arthur E. Mansback during his tour with Battery A, 143rd Field Artillery of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during the second half of 1918. The letters begin aboard the transport ship in August of 1918, and end with Mansback's return to the United States (San Francisco) in January of 1919. In these letters, all addressed to his mother, Mrs. Eleanor Mansback, Private Mansback discusses news of friends and relatives, financial matters (Mansback was a stockbroker in Los Angeles), weather and conditions on board the transport ship and in France, censorship of letters by Army censors, the cost of food in France, impressions of the French and their impressions of Americans, visits to local towns and meals eaten, camouflage training school, life in the camp, Spanish flu, visits to the Amex Club and YMCA, occasional commentaries on the progress of the war, and gifts purchased. Some letters are censored. Others contain letters from cousins living or serving in France that Mansback forwarded to his mother. In addition to the letters are 59 postcards depicting scenes of the war, Mansback's notebook from camouflage training and his two examinations (which are referred to in the letters), and a pamphlet containing graphic images of dead soldiers. There are also 2 clippings and 2 pamphlets (World War II-era). Although Mansback never saw combat, his letters provide a broad overview of the daily life of an American foot soldier during the last months of World War I.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 November
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Eleanor Mansback, January 6, 1971.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Printed ephemera
  • Telegrams

Personal Name(s)

  • Mansback, Arthur E. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Soldiers--United States--20th century--Archival resources
  • United States--Armed Forces--History--20th century--Archival resources
  • United States--Armed Forces--Military life--20th century--Archival resources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Letter to American troops from King George 1918 April 

1 1

 [On board ship] circa 1918 August 

1 2

 [On board ship] circa 1918 August 

1 3

 [On board ship] circa 1918 August 

1 4

 [On board ship] circa 1918 August 

1 5

 Camp de Souge 1918 August 28 

1 6

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September 2 

1 7

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September [11] 

1 8

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September [11] 

1 9

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September [13] 

1 10

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September [19] 

1 11

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September [19] 

1 12

 "Somewhere in France" 1918 September [18] 

1 13

 [Bordeaux] 1918 September 25 

1 14

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 1 

1 15

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 3 

1 16

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 5 

1 17

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 6 

1 18

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 10 

1 19

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 10 

1 20

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 11 

1 21

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 12 

1 22

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 18 

1 23

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 20 

1 24

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 22 

1 25

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 24 

1 26

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 26 

1 27

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 27 

1 28

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 29 

1 29

 Camp de Souge 1918 October 31 

1 30

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 4 

1 31

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 7 

1 32

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 8 

1 33

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 11 

1 34

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 12 

1 35

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 15 

1 36

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 18 

1 37

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 21 

1 38

 [Bordeaux] 1918 November [23] 

1 39

 Camp de Souge 1918 November 25 

1 40

 [Bordeaux] 1918 November [28?] 

1 41

 Camp Genicart 1918 November 29 

1 42

 Camp Genicart 1918 December 2 

1 43

 Camp Genicart 1918 December 6 

1 44

 "On Board the Good Ship Mallory" 1918 December 18 

1 45

 San Francisco [1919] January 8 

1 46

 Safe arrival postcards 1918 

1 47

 Telegrams 1918 September, November 

1 48

 Mansback's camouflage notebook 1918 

1 49

 Camouflage training exams 1918 

1 50

 "The Absolute Truth" circa 1918 

1 51

 Troop photographs 1918, 1943 

1 52

 Printed ephemera 1918, 1940s 

1 53
Box

 World War I postcards circa 1918 

2

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