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Earl B. Cleage First World War collection

 Collection — Box: WWI 4, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: 2017-240-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 21 postcards from Private Earl B. Cleage to his sister, Lillian Cleage, his mother, Mrs. A. B Cleage, and his brother Clifford Cleage during the First World War. These postcards are prominently of French origin and feature photos of French towns or text written in French. Most of these postcards are holiday cards. This collection also contains a wool, army tan enlisted man’s hat and a brass enameled pin of bird with blue wings with the inscription “Lorraine” that belonged to Cleage. This collection is divided into 3 series: Series 1: Correspondence to Lillian Cleage – Series 2: Correspondence to Mrs. A. B. Cleage and Clifford Cleage –Series 3: Realia


  • 1918-1919

Language of Materials

Content in English and French.

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

This note is from information provided by the donor. Private Earl B. Cleage was born around 1900 and was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Cleage of 826 N. 224th St., Philadelphia. His younger siblings were Lillian and Clifford. The household also included his mother’s sister and her daughter from about 1914. This daughter was the donor’s husband’s mother, Josephine Farris Burdine Woolston. The Cleage children never married and resided together in a house purchased by Lillian in Collingswood, NJ. Lillian and Farris were very close and visited each other often. Earl died around 1954 and Lillian died around 1976.


1 Linear feet (2 folders and 1 box)


This collection contains postcards, a hat and pin from Pvt. Earl B. Cleage during the First World War.


This collection is arranged in the donor's orginal order by material type, recipient, and date. Series 1: Correspondence to Lillian Cleage – Series 2: Correspondence to Mrs. A. B. Cleage and Clifford Cleage – Series 3: Realia

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Linda Woolston

Legal Status

Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.

Finding Aid for the Earl B. Cleage First World War collection
Wynter Salazar
November 8, 2017
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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