Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jacob Klein Letters, 1901

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Jacob Klein letters
Creator: Meitzler, Charles F. (Carl), 1871-1950
Inclusive dates: 1901
Extent: 7 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 7 letters that Private Jacob Klein wrote to his cousin, Charles F. ("Carl") Meitzler of Strasburg, Ohio, while serving in the United States Army's 17th Infantry Regiment in the Philippines in 1901. Klein wrote about local customs, the scenery, and aspects of the Philippine-American War.
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-3468.3, M-4061.

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:

Jacob Klein Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Jacob Klein, a native of Baltic, Ohio, was born around 1875. He enlisted in the United States Army in September 1900, and served in the Philippines with Company F of the 17th Infantry Regiment. He was stationed in Dagupan, San Carlos, and Manila.

Charles F. ("Carl") Meitzler, Klein's cousin, was born in Baltic, Ohio, on December 17, 1871, the son of Louis Meitzler and Mary Miller. He worked as a store clerk and enamel worker in Strasburg and West Lafayette, Ohio. On May 26, 1903, he married Myrtra E. Leas. Charles F. Meitzler died on January 14, 1950.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 7 letters that Private Jacob Klein wrote to his cousin, Charles F. ("Carl") Meitzler of Strasburg, Ohio, while serving in the United States Army's 17th Infantry Regiment in the Philippines in 1901.

Klein's letters, each around 4 pages long, concern aspects of life in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War. In his second letter, he described his trip to the Philippines via the Atlantic Ocean, Suez Canal, and Indian Ocean (April 18, 1901). He often commented on local scenery and weather, particularly in his letter dated June 9, 1901. He wrote a detailed letter about Filipino customs and daily life in response to Meitzler's request that Klein's letters be published in an Ohio newspaper (July 7, 1901). In more personal letters, Klein sometimes provided his opinions about Filipinos. Though Klein often wrote of his everyday experiences, he also discussed the status of military operations, including news of recent engagements, updates on the progress of the war, and stories of Filipinos hanged for criminal activity.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Philippines--History--Philippine American War, 1899-1902.
    • Philippines--Description and travel.
    • Philippines--Social life and customs.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    • United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 17th.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    Contributors:
    • Klein, Jacob.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   11, Small Collections  
    Jacob Klein letters [series]
    Folder   11  
     April 17, 1901-August 26, 1901
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Alternate Locations

    The items were originally housed in a bamboo mailing tube. The tube is housed in the Graphics Division.