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Inventory of the William Flournoy collection of World War I letters, leaflets, and other material

Finding aid prepared by Natalie Camacho, 2013 July

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Flournoy, William
William Flournoy collection of World War I letters, leaflets, and other material
Collection no.
circa 1916-1919
0.63 Linear feet, 2 boxes
This small collection, gathered by William R. Flournoy, father of former California State Controller Houston Flournoy, consists of letters from the front; leaflets from points-of-interest in England and France; copy of an Army field manual belonging to Flournoy.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], William Flournoy collection of World War I letters, leaflets, and other material, Collection no. 0041, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of letters, programs, and pamphlets written during and after the First World War. The letters are from American soldiers and from the Belgian Correspondence Office. Most are addressed to Mrs. N. N. Brown, whose family appears to have provided support to American troops in the form of correspondence and care packages. The military notices provide information regarding communication between Belgian soldiers and their families. The programs and pamphlets in the collection are for plays and musicals, as well as for tourist attractions for American soldiers in England and France. The Army Field Notebook by Lt. Col. Howard R. Smalley provides information for officers about different aspects of military life, including equipment, first aid, and transportation. It contains notes and personal information written by William R. Flournoy.

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The collection is divided into correspondence and printed materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2013 July
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

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.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters
  • Pamphlets
  • Programs


  • Soldiers--United States--20th century--Archival resources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Note from Brown? about the letters 

1 1

 Notice from Belgian Correspondence Office at Le Havre regarding communication between Belgian soldiers and their families living in invaded Belgium 1917 

1 2

 Letter from Corporal Alfred V. Curtis to Mrs. N. N. Brown 1919 January 5 

2 1

 Letters from Arthur B. Haley to Mrs. N. N. Brown 1918 April 8, May 17 

1 3

 Letters from Joseph A. Mainus to Mrs. N. N. Brown 1918 October 30; 1919 January 12, February 10 

1 3

 Notice (military correspondence to Rene Ystasse? regarding Belgian soldiers' free postage with the Allies 1917 

1 4

 The Americans' Guidebook in France 

1 5

 The American Soldier Alsace-Lorraine 

1 6

 Authorised Guide to the Tower of London 1919 

1 7

 A Buck on Leave: The Winter Garden Show of France 1919 

1 8

 Carte Taride No. 1 

1 9

 Carte Taride No. 3 

1 10

 Casino Montparnasse 

1 11

 The Castle of Blois: History and Description 

1 12

 Chateau de Valencay American Officers' Club 

1 13

 Chu Chin Chow: A Musical Tale of the East (program) 1919 

1 14

 Collection des Cartes Taride 

1 15

 Courses au Bois de Bologne 1919 

2 3

 Empire Theatre: The Lilac Domino 

1 16

 "Fit to Fly" (program) (2 copies) 1919 

1 17

 Gertrude Elliot's Season 

1 18

 Hullo America! (program) 

1 19

 Inter-Allied Games 1919 

1 20

 "Let's go!" 

1 21

 Matinee de Gala (program) 1919 

2 4

 The Mendelssohn Glee Club First Private Concert (program) 1919 

1 22

 Pages of American Glory 

1 23

 La Pantheon de la Guerre 

1 24

 Pantheon of the War 

1 25

 The Polish Colours on the French Front 

1 26

 A Short Visit to the Hotel des Invalides and Musee de l'Armee 1919 

1 27

 The Temple Bar Restaurant Menu 

1 28

 Theatre Municipal Programme: Manon 

1 29

 Tours and Surroundings 

1 30

 The Army Field Notebook by Lt. Col. Howard R. Smalley (from Houston Flournoy - belonged to his father) 1918 

1 31

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