Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jean C. Barnes Letters, 1918

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Jean C. Barnes letters
Creator: Barnes, Anna
Inclusive dates: 1918
Extent: 3 items
Abstract:
This collection consists of three letters 1st Lieutenant Jean C. Barnes wrote to his mother during his service in France during the First World 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:

2005. M-4439.4.

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:

Jean C. Barnes Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Jean C. Barnes was born in Ohio in July 1893 to Philemon and Anna Barnes. He grew up in Carlisle Township with several siblings. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was living in Elyria, Ohio, and after enlistment served in France as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. After the war, he and his wife Dorothy lived in Elyria, where he worked as an electrician.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three letters 1st Lieutenant Jean C. Barnes wrote to his mother during his service in France during the First World War. In his first letter, dated September 8, 1918, he mentioned that he enjoyed the scenery, and alluded to his boredom and a recent illness. By October 26, he had just left the hospital and had revised his opinion of France, writing of the miserable weather and adding, "This is one hell of a place." In his final letter, written on December 20, Barnes anticipated his imminent return to the United States, and recorded high local prices for several food items. He also reflected briefly on his wartime experiences, which included the loss of most of his belongings on the battlefield and his participation in the Saint-Mihiel offensive and the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Though short, his letters provide his perspective on the war in France, which he survived: "I don't know how I came out but I did somehow" (December 20, 1918).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army. Signal Corps.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--France.
    Contributors:
    • Barnes, Jean C., b. 1893.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   5, World War I Small Collections  
    Jean C. Barnes letters [series]
    Folder   34  
     September 8, 1918
     
     October 26, 1918
     
     December 20, 1918