Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Noah F. Perry Letters, 1918

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Noah F. Perry letters
Creator: Wade, Mary Jane
Inclusive dates: 1918
Extent: 15 items
Abstract:
This collection is comprised of 15 letters Noah F. Perry sent to Mary Jane Wade of Buntyn, Tennessee (now part of Memphis), while he served with a United States Army band unit at Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson), South Carolina, between February and June 1918. Perry discussed several aspects of military life, such as his relationships with other soldiers, the possibility of being sent to France, and his experiences while in training.

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:

2003. M-4262.4.

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:

Noah F. Perry letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically according to postmark, with one undated item placed at the end.


Biography

Noah F. Perry served as a band member in the United States Army at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, throughout 1918. He regularly corresponded with Mary Jane Wade, a schoolteacher from Buntyn, Tennessee (now part of Memphis).


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of 15 letters Noah F. Perry sent to Mary Jane Wade of Buntyn, Tennessee, while he served with a United States Army band unit at Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson), South Carolina, between February and June 1918. Perry discussed his relationships with other soldiers, the possibility of being sent to France, and his experiences while in training, among other topics.

Perry wrote 6 letters in February 1918 and 8 between May and June 1918, as well as 1 undated letter. All are addressed to Mary Jane Wade, whom Perry regarded as a close friend. Perry wrote about Camp Jackson and about several facets of military life, such as fluctuations in the camp's population as men transferred between regiments and between military installations. Several letters provide Perry's opinions on fellow soldiers and officers, as well as his views on an African American regiment that entered the camp in late February. He often mentioned his frequent visits to nearby Columbia, South Carolina, where he often attended the theater and occasionally performed with his band unit. Other letters discuss training exercises, such as Perry's experiences with gas and machine guns. Though Perry did not provide the number of his regiment, he mentioned the 316th, 317th, and 318th Infantry Regiments, and in one letter provided his negative opinion of National Guard units (February 10, 1918).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Camp Jackson (S.C.)
    • Columbia (S.C.)
    • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
    • United States. Army--Bands.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • World War, 1914-1918--African Americans.
    • World War, 1914-1918--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Perry, Noah F.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   4, World War I Small Collections  
    Noah F. Perry letters [series]:
    Folder   19-21  
     [February 7, 1918-June 9, 1918], and  undated