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Perry Douglas Erwin WWI-era letters, 1918-1919

Identifier: 2007-009

Scope and Contents

Perry Douglas Erwin was a soldier during World War I who was stationed at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. During his time as a lieutenant in the 9th Field Artillery during World War I his wife wrote to him nearly every day. The Erwin letters, dating January 1918 through January 1919, consist primarily of (173) letters from Erwin's wife, Vivian (living in Oswego, Kansas) to Erwin (stationed at Fort Still, Oklahoma and other locations); other correspondents include Erwin's sisters Harriet, Dorothy, and J.E.F.; Erwin's mother and father; Margaret Wyndham, a Henry Kendall College student-later-faculty member. There is also one letter from Erwin to his parents. (6) Unidentified photos accompany Vivian Erwin's letter of 3 May 1918. Other non-correspondence includes a howitzer bag tag, a receipt for $45 stamped Boyd's Post Exchange Annex, a mimeograph copy of "Extract from Notes on Recent Military Operations (No. 2 G.H.Q. A.E.F.)", and cartoons and articles clipped from newspapers.


  • Creation: 1918 - 1919


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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 Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright.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

Perry Douglas Erwin was a resident of Tulsa, and his wife, Vivian Frances Cretors was a graduate of Henry Kendall College (class of 1916).


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Perry Douglas Erwin WWI-era letters, 1918-1919
Under Revision
Milissa Burkart
2007 May
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Repository Details

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

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