William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Jacob Klein Letters, 1901
Meg Hixon, July 2012
Jacob Klein letters
Meitzler, Charles F. (Carl), 1871-1950
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.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Access and Use
1998. M-3468.3, M-4061.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Jacob Klein Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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.
- 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.
Additional Descriptive Data
The items were originally housed in a bamboo mailing tube. The tube is housed in the Graphics Division.