Episode 9: Wartime Correspondence

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Episode 9 Show Notes

This episode of Mail Call brings to life some wartime correspondence. Letters provide an intimate perspective of the lives of soldiers and their families. In particular, the following selections highlight the day-to-day experiences of ordinary soldiers and officers.

Selections from Edward D. Forman postcard collection, 1918
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:336023

Letter, To: "Miss E. V. Glanville" From: Arthur Evanson Glanville, August 15, 1918.
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489930

Copy, Typescript, Memo: "War Office Scheme For Sending to Officers, Prisoners of War in Germany," [n.d.].
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488401

Typescript, Letter, To: "Dear Madam" From: Lady Henrietta MacDonnell, President, October 29, 1918.
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488417

Letter, To: "Dear Ma" From: Joseph Canfield, November 7, 1918.
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466683

Letter, To: Frank Canfield From: C. R. Whipple, January 15, 1919.
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466669

Letter, To: Olive Seager From: Edwin E. Seager, March 11, 1919.
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:341954

Letter, From: "Mama" To: Edwin E. Seager, March 24, 1919.
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:341946

Manuscript Journals of Frank R. Steed US soldier in WWI France, 1918-1919
v. 1: https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:285646
throughout scrapbooks: various postcards
p. 77: “Appreciation of Military Services” (Smith), June 16, 1919
p. 78: Thank you letter (Prout), September 5, 1919

Manuscript Journals of Frank R. Steed US soldier in WWI France, 1918-1919
v. 2: https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:290282
p. 89: Virginia Dee Sappington to General Pershing, February 24, 1919

Greek Meets Greek
https://archive.org/details/greekmeetsgreekw00sapp
p. 143: Virginia Dee Sappington to Sgt. J.R. Buchanan, February 24, 1919
p. 181: Sgt. J.R. Buchanan to Virginia Dee Sappington, June 23, 1919

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That concludes this episode of Mail Call. Historical documents for this episode were accessed through the digital collections of the Digital Library @ Villanova University and the Internet Archive. The theme music is from "Til We Meet Again" as performed by Nicholas Orlando's Orchestra. The Mail Call podcast is a project of Home Before the Leaves Fall: a Great War Centennial Exposition. For more information, visit wwionline.org.

This episode featured the voice talents of Laura Bang, Jesse Flavin, Michael Foight, Chris Hallberg, Demian Katz, Rob LeBlanc, Ruth Martin, Amanda McCollum, Geoff Scholl, David Uspal, and Sarah Wingo.

Narrator: Chris Hallberg

Editor: Gabriella Bernocco

Producer: Chris Hallberg

Executive Producer: Laura Bang

 


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