Abstract

Letters (December 1917-November 1918) from Charles Byron Swope to his wife, Gretchen, written during his tour of duty at Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. Also included are letters from family members and friends. The collection is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS and 3) MICROFILM.

Historical Background

Scope and Content

The Swope Family Correspondence contains letters from Charles Byron Swope to his new wife Gretchen, written from Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, between December 1917 and November 1918. The letters begin shortly after Swope's induction into the US Army and end the day before the World War I Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Swope wrote about personal and financial matters, the loneliness of his separation from his wife, his efforts to increase his income as a musician and photographer, and his dream of owning a farm. His letters also provide insight into everyday life on a stateside military base during World War I.

The collection also contains letters from Gretchen to Charles, although far fewer in number; letters from siblings and parents to Gretchen or Charles; and letters from friends. As a group, these letters relate family news and occasional gossip.

The Swope Family Correspondence is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS and 3) MICROFILM. The first series is arranged alphabetically by author.

CORRESPONDENCE

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11 Alice J. (friend) to Gretchen Swope, 1918. (4 leaves)
12 Barth, Elise to Gretchen or Charles Swope, 1918. (3 leaves)
13 Katherine (Gretchen's sister) to Gretchen or Charles Swope, 1918. (15 leaves)
14 Sawyer, Eda to Gretchen Swope. (2 leaves)
15 Swope, B.F. (father of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles Swope, 1918. (10 leaves)
16 Swope, Charles Byron to B.F. Swope (father), 1918. (2 leaves)
17 Swope, Charles Byron to Gretchen (wife). 1917, December - 1918, June. (118 leaves)
18 Swope, Charles Byron to Gretchen (wife). 1918, July - November. (129 leaves)
19 Swope, Charles Byron to Gretchen (wife). Fragments and undated letters. (35 leaves)
110 Swope, Gretchen to Charles (husband). 1917, December - 1918, February. (10 leaves)
111 Swope, Marie (sister of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles. 1917, December - November 1918. (56 leaves)
112 Swope, Milly (sister of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles. 1918, January - 1918, October. (12 leaves)
113 Swope, Mrs. B.F. (mother of Charles) to Gretchen and Charles, 1918. (28 leaves)
114 Miscellaneous letters from various family not listed above. (20 leaves)

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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115 Miscellaneous materials. Newspaper clippings, poems, etc.

MICROFILM

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116 Microfilm - User copy.



Finding aid generated: 2005-10-31