Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Aulder Watt Correspondence, 1917

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, April 2012

Summary Information
Title: Aulder Watt correspondence
Creator: Watt, Aulder, 1895-1971
Inclusive dates: 1917
Extent: 13 items
Abstract:
This collection is made up of 12 letters that Private Aulder M. Watt received and 1 letter that he wrote while serving with Company H of the 10th Regiment, Illinois National Guard, at Camp Lincoln, Illinois, in 1917. Olive Stone, his fiancée, wrote 11 of the letters from her home in Clinton, Illinois, about their separation, and an aunt composed 1 letter concerning family news. Watt's letter to Olive pertains to his wages and recent labor strikes.

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:

1998. M-3460.2.

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:

Aulder Watt correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Aulder M. Watt was born to William S. and Jennie Watt on July 8, 1895, and lived in Clinton, Illinois. He had four younger siblings: Ardath, Edith, Charles, and Nancy. In 1917, Watt served with Company H of the 10th Regiment, Illinois National Guard, at Camp Lincoln, Illinois. He and his wife, Olive I. Stone, were married between 1917 and 1920. The Watts lived in Clinton, where Aulder worked as a building superintendent for the Y.M.C.A., and they had one daughter, Bettie Lou, who died within the year of her birth (1923). Aulder Watt died on November 15, 1971.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 12 letters that Private Aulder M. Watt received and 1 letter that he wrote while serving with Company H of the 10th Regiment, Illinois National Guard, at Camp Lincoln, Illinois, in 1917. Olive Stone, his fiancée, wrote 11 of the letters from her home in Clinton, Illinois, about their separation, and an aunt composed 1 letter concerning family news. Watt's letter to Olive pertains to his wages and recent labor strikes.

Olive's often lengthy letters focus on local news, her love for Aulder, and her loneliness. She discussed the possibility of meeting him, either while visiting the Illinois State Fair or when he returned home on furlough. She occasionally reacted to news of his life in the military camp, and expressed her fear that he would be injured in the line of duty. Aulder received 1 letter from an unidentified aunt (September 28, 1917), and wrote 1 letter to his fiancée, in which he discussed recent labor strikes and his upcoming payment schedule.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Camp Lincoln (Ill.)
    • Clinton (Ill.)
    • Illinois. National Guard. Infantry Regiment, 10th.
    • Springfield (Ill.)
    • Strikes and lockouts--Illinois.
    • World War, 1914-1918--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Watt, Olive Stone.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   3, World War I Small Collections  
    Aulder Watt correspondence [series]:
    Folders   6-7  
      August 23, 1917-October 2, 1917