Walter Zoller collection of World War I letters and related items.
Scope and Contents
Walter Zoller was accepted into the U.S. armed forces on April 8, 1918 by Division Number 1, Dayton Ohio. He was sent to fight in France at the end of World War I. In this collection are 10 of his personal letters he wrote home from September, 1918 to June, 1919. Nine of his letters are to his sweetheart, Irene Spaulding, and one is to Ellen Spaulding, whom he calls Mother. During the course of his letters he quickly becomes tired of the war, and in his final letter he expresses fear that Irene has left him for someone else.
Also included in this collection are various army forms. These include:
1 business letter addressed to Ellen Spaulding, with envelope 1 paper, General Orders 1 postcard 1 War Department card announcing qualification for military service 1 War Department card Notice of Classification 1 Adjusted Compensation Branch card 1 folded pink cardstock of peace terms 1 U.S.S. Navy Armed Transport, Troop Billet 1 Soldiers' and Sailors' Club of Cincinnati ticket 1 paper, Information Relative to Compensation and Continuation of War Risk Insurance 1 black and white photograph 1 pamphlet entitled "When You Go Home"
Also included are some of his small personal belongings: 1 German bank note 1 housewife, a sewing kit with German writing on the tube 1 ASC pin 3 buttons 1 clip 1 cork 2 pieces of metal shrapnel 1 homemade wire hanging decoration
- Creation: 1918 - 1924
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1918 - 1919
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.
Biographical / Historical
Walter L. Zoller was an American man who fought in France at the end of World War I. He was accepted into the U.S. armed forces on April 8, 1918 by Division Number 1, Dayton Ohio. He wrote letters to his sweetheart Irene and his mother from September, 1918, to June, 1919, when he returned to the United States.
0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
This is a collection of personal letters, army documents, and personal belongings of Walter Zoller, an American soldier from Dayton, Ohio, who fought in the U.S. army in France at the end of World War I from 1918 to 1919.
Items are arranged by document type:
Folder 1: (army documents). Folder 2: (ephemera). Folder 3: (correspondence). Personal belongings.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase from Between the Covers.
- Finding aid of the Walter Zoller collection of World War I letters and related items.
- Emily Neis
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