Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Roy M. Whiteman Letters, 1918-1919

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Roy M. Whiteman letters
Creator: Whiteman family
Inclusive dates: 1918-1919
Extent: 6 items
Abstract:
This collection is made up of 6 letters that Roy M. Whiteman sent to his family in Burlington, Iowa, while stationed in France in late 1918 and early 1919. Whiteman wrote about his recovery following an injury, his travels in France, and his life in the U.S. military.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3359.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Roy M. Whiteman letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Roy Miller Whiteman was born in Biggsville, Illinois, on February 17, 1893, the son of Henry Oliver Whiteman (b. 1858) and Mary Ellen Spears. He had five siblings: Mabel Foster, Jessie, Mary Clare ("Clare"), Ruth Elizabeth, and Helen Marissa. The Whiteman family moved to Burlington, Iowa, in 1914, where they owned a farm. During World War I, Roy M. Whiteman served in France with Company L of the United States Army's 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division. He was wounded in service. After the armistice, he was stationed in Le Mans and Chamonix, France. Whiteman returned to Iowa after the war and lived in Burlington and Crawford with his wife Merle, whom he married around 1920.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 6 letters that Roy M. Whiteman sent to his family in Burlington, Iowa, while stationed in France in late 1918 and early 1919. Whiteman wrote about his recovery following an injury, his travels in France, and his life in the military.

Whiteman addressed most of his letters to his sister Clare, his parents, and other siblings. He responded to family news and reported his limited interactions with soldiers from home, whom he met only occasionally while abroad. In one undated letter, he discussed his ongoing recovery from an unspecified wound, which damaged his eyes and caused him general pain. In later letters, sent from Le Mans and Chamonix, France, he described his travels following the armistice, which included trips to the mountains and to the Bossons glacier in the Chamonix valley. He also mentioned his leisure activities, which included playing soccer and hiking. Whiteman discussed some of his religious habits, and remarked on the comfort he received from reading the Bible in times of loneliness.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bossons Glacier (France)
    • Burlington (Iowa)
    • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France)
    • France--Description and travel.
    • Le Mans (France)
    • Soldiers--Religious life.
    • United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 137th. Company L.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • World War, 1914-1918--France.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care.
    Contributors:
    • Whiteman, Roy Miller, b. 1893.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   3, World War I Small Collections  
    Roy M. Whiteman letters [series]:
    Folder   1  
      December 27, 1918-March 29, 1919, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "Honor Roll: Des Moines County Men and Women Who Served During World War I." The Burlington Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa) 2 April 1961: 6.

    Railey, Clementine Brown. History of the House of Ochiltree of Ayrshire, Scotland, with the Genealogy of the Families of Those Who Came to America and of Some of the Allied Families 1124-1916. Sterling (Kansas): Bulletin Printing Company, 1916.