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Dwight Fee First World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWI 7, Folder: 1-8, Folder: 1-8
Identifier: 2014-049-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between Sergeant Dwight Fee, American Expeditionary Force and his wife Lucille Fee during the First World War. They were written during his service in France in 1918. Other recipients include Fee’s parents and a few family friends. The bulk of these letters are from Lucille Fee discussing her experiences on the home front, job searching and their immediate family.

Fee’s letters deal with his time in France, while serving with the 80th Division, National Army, American Expeditionary Force. This division took part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest battle in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers. The Meuse-Argonne was the principal engagement of the American Expeditionary Forces, during the First World War.

This collection also includes a published book titled 80th Division - Summary of Operations in the World War, on the 80th division’s time in combat and a remembrance book titled The Bayonet Remembrance Book of Camp Lee, Virginia where Fee attended his Army training.

Of interest is a self-published book and collection of biographical notes on the Fee family, written by son William Fee. This book entitled Character(s), gives a detailed history of Dwight and Lucille Fee, their early life and family life, until approximately 1973.

Also, included in this collection is a small, cotton, textile bag that was used to store Fee’s wartime letters.

Added 2017; conservation treatment documentation.


  • Creation: 1918 May 10 - 1990 June 10
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1918 May 10 - 1919 December 23

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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence between Sgt. Dwight Fee, AEF and his wife Lucille Fee during the First World War.


The Dwight Fee World War One correspondence collection is arranged by author, in chronological order.

  • Series 1, Correspondence to Dwight Fee
  • Series 2, Correspondence from Dwight Fee
  • Series 3, Correspondence photocopies with notes
  • Series 4, Miscellaneous correspondence, documents, clippings and photos
  • Series 5, Publications
  • Series 6, Coservation treatment documentation (2017)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Fee family.

Physical Description

Some letters are in fragile condition and torn. Pencil markings can be seen on some of the letters.

Finding Aid for the Dwight Fee First World War correspondence
Norm Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States