Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Lewis Lacy Papers, 1917-1919

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2012

Summary Information
Title: Lewis Lacy papers
Creator: Lacy family
Inclusive dates: 1917-1919
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection is made up of letters and postcards that Second Lieutenant Lewis Douglas Lacy, a master engineer, wrote to his family while serving in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Lacy was deployed to France around July 1917. He wrote regular letters about his experiences overseas, which included service at the front lines and at the army's general headquarters.
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:

2004. M-4368.5.

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:

Lewis Lacy Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Printed items

The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Second Lieutenant Lewis Douglas Lacy was born in Webster Groves, Missouri, on July 11, 1891, the son of Lewis and Maude Lacy. He had one sister, Mabel (b. February 1893). He worked in the automobile insurance industry before enlisting in the United States Army in 1917. During the war, he served as a master engineer. He was stationed on the front line and at general headquarters in France from August 1918 to March 1919. Lacy returned to Webster Groves after the war and married Edith Radford in May 1927.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains about 100 letters and postcards that Second Lieutenant Lewis Douglas Lacy, a master engineer, wrote to his family while serving in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Lacy was deployed to France around July 1917. He wrote regular letters about his experiences overseas, which included service on the front line and at the army's general headquarters.

The Correspondence series is comprised of Lewis Lacy's letters to his mother and sister, who lived in Webster Groves, Missouri. His first letters describe his experiences traveling through Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., and traveling overseas to England in the summer of 1917. While stationed in England in early August, Lacy participated in a large parade in London (August 15, 1917). After his arrival in France, he described the country, complained about censorship restrictions, and discussed his experiences, including service on the front line in November and December 1917. While at the front, he mentioned a recent successful push by the Allied military forces, and shared his pleasure at having helped capture German positions. In early 1918, Lacy was transferred to general headquarters, and he was promoted to second lieutenant in July 1918; his mother received a formal notice of the promotion (July 10, 1918). After the armistice in November 1918, Lacy wrote about life in Neufchâteau, France, where he was stationed until around April 1919. He then traveled to Brest, where he wrote his last letter on March 23, 1919. The final item is a letter that a soldier named "Bob" wrote to Lewis Lacy from Walter Reed Hospital on June 9, 1919, providing news of mutual military acquaintances.

The collection's Printed Items include a card encouraging French victory loans, German and French currency (2 bills), and a copy of the Windy City Echo, the 13th Engineers Regiment's newspaper (December 13, 1918).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Families of military personnel--United States.
    • Master engineer.
    • Pennsylvania--Description and travel.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
    • United States. Army. General Headquarters.
    • Walter Reed General Hospital (Washington, D.C.)
    • Webster Groves (Mo.)
    • World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--France.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Censorship--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Lacy, Lewis Douglas, b. 1891.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Newspapers.
    • Paper money.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-9
     July 7, 1917-June 4, 1919, and  undated
     
    Printed Items [series]
    Box   1 Folder   10
     December 13, 1918, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Omohundro, Malvern Hill. The Omohundro Genealogical Record: The Omohundros and Allied Families in America; Blood Lines Traced from the First Omohundro in Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1670, Through His Descendants in Three Great Branches and Allied Families Down to 1950. McClure Print Co., 1950.