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Harrison C. Mower First World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-163-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 111 correspondence written to and from LtCol. Harrison Curtis Mower, AEF before and during the First World War. Correspondence from Mower was sent to his wife Mabel and those written to Mower were from friends and colleagues in the military from 1915-1939.

The collection also contains biographical documents about Mower and the 307th Engineers, 69 photographs, 19 blank postcards, 6 clippings, and an assortment of medals and insignia, some of which are from the Spanish-American War.

Added 11/1/2021: Three PDF files containing biographical information and 1 JPG file containing a portrait of Mower.


  • 1916 August 25 - 1939 May 09

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.

Biographical / Historical

Lieutenant Colonel Harrison C. Mower, American Expeditionary Force (1874 - 4/16/1939) was born in Grand Haven, Michigan and married Mable Smith in Detroit on October 26, 1901. He was in government service as a civil engineer, designing locks and dams, and even worked on the Panama canal, he and his wife returning from Colon, Republic of Panama on October 30, 1913 (, passenger manifest). He was commissioned as a Captain in the Engineer Reserves when the United States entered the First World War. Later that year he was promoted to the rank of Major and in 1918 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He served in France as executive officer of the 307th Engineers, 82nd Division, participating in the Meuse Argonne offensive. He left Hoboken, New Jersey for France in May 1918 and returned from Bordeaux, France in April 1919.

On a document dated May 9, 1939, it was written that Mower died on April 16, 1939 in his home on Balboa Island, California.


1.38 Linear Feet (1.5 boxes, 1 small realia box)

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This collection contains correspondence written to and from LtCol. Harrison Curtis Mower, AEF during the First World War. Also included are biographical documents, photographs, postcards, and realia from the Spanish-American War.


This collection is arranged by material type and chronology.

  • Series 1, Correspondence from Harrison C. Mower
  • Series 2, Correspondence from various authors
  • Series 3, Biographical documents
  • Series 4, Photographs and postcards
  • Series 5, Medals, insignia, ribbon

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michael C. Smith

Finding Aid for the Harrison C. Mower First World War correspondence
John Encarnacion
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States