Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Robert K. Helmle Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Robert K. Helmle Papers,
Creator: Helmle, Robert K.
Inclusive dates: 1887-1925, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box)
The collection includes correspondence, mostly to Professor Robert and Mrs. Helmle from their son, Robert, while Robert served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France and Germany during World War I.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1938

Access Restrictions:

Robert K. Helmle Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Robert K. Helmle Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.



Professor Robert K. Helmle and his wife, Mary, were from Oak Park, Illinois. They had a son, Robert, who served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and Germany during World War I. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

Most of the collection consists of correspondence, postcards, photo cards, and photographs, sent to Professor and Mrs. Helmle from Robert. Robert’s letters mostly date from when he was in Europe. His letters from Berlin (Germany) vividly describe the unemployment and inflation there. Additional correspondence is from other friends and relatives.

Subject Terms

    • Helmle, Robert K.
    • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces--Personal narratives, American.
    • World War, 1914-1918--France.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Germany.
    • Oak Park (Ill.)--Genealogy.
    • France--Description and travel.
    • Germany--Description and travel.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Robert K. Helmle Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence, Darrow, E.E. and Helen R., 1920, 1923, 1925
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence, Helmle, Robert K., 1917-1919, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, Helmle, Robert K., 1922
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, Helmle, Robert K., 1923
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, Hornbeck, Marquis D., 1919, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence, Hornbeck, Stanley K., 1907-1938, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Dijon (France) Souvenir, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    "The Hatchet", 1918
    Box   1 F   9
    Music program, Berlin (Germany), 1923
    Box   1 F   10
    Photocards, Berlin, 1887, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Photocards, Potsdam, 1887-1888, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Photocards, Royal family (Germany), 1892-1897, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Photocards, Family (Helmle), undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Photographs, World War I, Airplane wrecks, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Photographs, World War I, Alsactcan girls, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Photographs, World War I, Americans, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Photographs, World War I, Argonne Wood, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Photographs, World War I, Clemenceau, Foch, Pershing, undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Photographs, World War I, French (includes armored cars, flame thrower), undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Photographs, World War I, German, Artillery, undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Photographs, World War I, German, Belleau Wood, undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Photographs, World War I, German, Camp scene, undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Photographs, World War I, German, Dead, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Photographs, World War I, Observation balloon, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Photographs, World War I, Rheims (France), undated
    Box   1 F   26
    Photographs, World War I, Ruins, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Photographs, World War I, Trenches, undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Postcards, Nutt, Theodore, 1918-1919, undated
    Box   1 F   29
    Postcards, Waddell, Robert, 1918-1919, undated