Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lamb, H. mss., 1917-1919, consist primarily of letters, diaries, and photographs by and relating to Harley Lamb, 1895-1972, while serving in the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Lamb, who was born in Elwood, Indiana, entered the armed forces September 21, 1917 as a band member of the 334th Infantry, 84th Division at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky. His division went to France in September 1918; Lamb transferred to the 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division in January 1919; left France to return to the U.S. in April and was discharged from the army at Camp Taylor in May. The letters, written by him to his parents in Indianapolis, were sent from Camp Taylor, "somewhere in France," and lastly from Camp Mills, Long Island. Also filed here is a letter from Private Cecil Verne Parker, August 7, 1918, to his parents. The two diaries in the collection were written by Lamb in 1919 while still in France and continuing through the first few days of his return to civilian life. The photographs present are all identified and dated, January through April 1919. Included is one of a French cathedral interior, three of members of the 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division, military band, five of various American ships, including two aboard the U.S.S. Zeppelin on which Lamb returned home, and one of the quarters at Camp Mills, Long Island. Two miscellaneous items, a business card for Carl C. Reifeis, pianist, and an index card with the service information for Harley Lamb complete the collection.

A folder list follows this description.

Purchase. 2007

Folder List

  • folder 1: 1917. Lamb, Harley. To parents
  • folder 2: 1918-1919. Lamb, Harley. To parents
  • folder 3: 1918, Aug. 7. Parker, Cecil Verne. To parents
  • folder 4: Diaries: 1919, Jan.-Mar.; Apr-June.
  • folder 5: Photographs: 1919, Jan.-Apr.
  • folder 6: Miscellaneous

Collection size: 30 items

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