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Schwanke family First World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWI 5, Folder: 1-2, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: 2017-108-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence, including a letter and postcards, to the Schwanke family during the First World War. A majority of the correspondence is from or concerning Pvt. Charles Schwanke, USA who was serving in France. The majority of the letters are addressed to Charles' brother Herbert Schwanke in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are also several documents concerning the activities of the Wisconsin State Guard.


  • 1917 December 4 - 1919 April 10

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

Private Charles Schwanke, United States Army (b. 11/27/1889) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was 27 when he filled out his draft registration card for the First World War. Records show that Schwanke served with Company K of the 104th Infantry in France. He sailed home from Brest, France on the USS Mount Vernon in March of 1919 and arrived in Boston on April 4, 1919.

Military records suggest that Schwanke may have had a son, Roland, who died during the Second World War.


.055 Linear feet (2 folders)

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This collection contains correspondence written by several authors to the Schwanke family during the First World War. Much of the correspondence is from or concerning Pvt. Charles Schwanke, USA, who served with the 104th Infantry Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence to Schwanke Family – Series 2: Wisconsin State Guard papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard C. Maringer

Finding Aid for Schwanke Family First World War Correspondence
Rob Strauss
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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