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Ben Byrnes collection of Earl Ceedric James WWI letters, 1917-1921

Identifier: 2010-037

Scope and Contents

Letters and photographs from Earl C. James to his mother, Emily James, and sisters Gwynneth James and Daisy James, describe basic service training at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, and his service overseas, where he was assigned to Battery F 5th, Field Artillery. Photocopied correspondence between the U. S. Army and the James family discusses the soldier's death 1919 April 21 and return of his body from Germany to the United States. Earl Jones was killed in a motocycle accident, in Simmern, Germany, 21 April 1919.


  • 1917-1921, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use, with the signing of the Reader's Registration form.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Corporal Earl Ceedric James was from Reading, PA. He served in Battery F, 5th Field Artillery during World War I. Earl James died in a motorcycle accident on April 21, 1919, in Simmern, Germany. He was buried in Dernbach, Germany.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box (37 letters, 5 War Department report forms, 2 telegrams, 1 cablegram, 2 photographs, 1 newspaper clipping))

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Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Processing Information

Deborah Burke originally processed this collection as part of a class project. Volunteer, Amy Ziegler updated the finding aid and rehoused material on July 6, 2011.



Ben Byrnes collection of Earl Ceedric James WWI letters, 1917-1921
Milissa Burkart
2013 September
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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Tulsa 74104-3123 US US
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