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Josiah Clark Chatfield WWI archive, 1917-1994

Identifier: 1994-010

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence, personal ephemera, and photographs of Captain Josiah Clark Chatfield of the Ambulance Company 167, 117th Sanitary Train, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, American Expeditionary Forces. The correspondence (dating from 1917-1994) is comprised of 4 autograph letters from Chatfield to his father; 1 typescript letter to Lori Curtis, Associate Curator, Department of Special Collections, McFarlin Library; a carbon copy typescript copy of a speech given by General John T. Pershing; a carbon copy typescript letter from Pershing to the Commander of the 42nd (Rainbow) Division; and a photocopy of a school essay about WWI written by Johanna Kroenlein. The correspondence is organized chronologically.

The personal ephemera includes Chatfield's application for examination for a commission in the Field Artillery of the Officers' Reserve; identity papers and authorization papers for leaves of absence to travel to France and Belgium; a photocopy of ambulance station lists of unit service arrival in the American Expeditionary Forces; a photocopy of the Ambulance Section Headquarters' list of actions, dates, and number of patients evacuated; maps of the war front; a YMCA booklet of Christmas carols, 1917; Chatfield's shoulder patch; autograph and carbon copy typescript lists of names and addresses of Rainbow Division veterans; and press cuttings about the Rainbow Division and its members.

The photographs consist of 23 snapshots and photographic postcards of scenes from the war, including scenes of Camp Mills, Long Island, New York; ambulances and field dressing station; portraits of Capt. Samuel J. Bradfield and Ward Halbert (co-author with Chatfield of Iodine and Gasoline); snapshot of Carl Ammons and Hugo "Hap" Gruenberg in the Argonne Woods; photo of Chatfield in combat uniform and a photocopy of a photo of Chatfield in dress uniform; and scenes of the Ambulance Co. 167 homeward bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1994


These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

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 Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright.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

Josiah Clark Chatfield was born 15 September 1895 in Ohio, and died 19 November 1996 in, Scarsdale, Westchester Co., New York. Chatfield was a 1916 graduate of Henry Kendall College (later the University of Tulsa). He worked for a while for the Police Department in Tulsa, and for a while in the petroleum industry, including as office manager for the National Petroleum News. He lived for a while in Lakewood City, Cuyahoga Co. Ohio, and finally worked as a journalist in New York.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 half-sized document box)

Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Josiah Clark Chatfield WWI archive, 1917-1994
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2007 May
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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
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496