Dorothy T. Arnold collection (1904-1932, bulk 1912-1919)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, December 2013
Graphics Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Dorothy T. Arnold collection
Creator: Cogswell, Dorothy Treat Arnold, 1892-1984
Inclusive dates: 1904-1932
Bulk dates: 1912-1919
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
This collection is primarily made up of photographs, periodicals and clippings, and ephemera related to World War I. The materials pertain to the occupation of France and Belgium, peace efforts, and the American-British-French-Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund, among other subjects.
Language: The material is in English and German and French
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:

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1992. M-2795, P-1536.1-4, P-2249, F-78.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


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

Dorothy T. Arnold collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is loosely arranged by item type and subject.


This collection is believed to have belonged to Dorothy Treat Arnold (later Cogswell).

Dorothy Treat Arnold was born in Albany, New York, on March 3, 1892, the daughter of Benjamin W. and Elizabeth Arnold. In 1916, she embarked for France, where she worked with the American Fund for the French Wounded. After briefly returning to Albany, she went back to France in 1918, working for the YMCA. She later married Ledyard Cogswell (1878-1954). Dorothy Arnold Cogswell died on May 21, 1984.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is primarily made up of photographs, periodicals and clippings, and ephemera related to World War I. The Photographs consist of 422 prints and 240 negatives; a few of the prints are duplicates, and some images are represented by both prints and negatives. Most of the personal photographs were taken in numerous locales in France between 1916 and 1919, often showing rubble and destruction, camouflaged outposts, healthy and wounded Allied soldiers, nurses, medical automobiles and other scenes directly related to the war. Some items feature artillery pieces, dugouts or bunkers, warships, and the front lines; one shows an artillery explosion. German-language signage is visible in a few photographs, as are German and Allied cemeteries and grave markers. One group of images relates to the victory parade held after Woodrow Wilson's arrival in Paris in 1918. Views of French churches, chateaux, and towns are also present. Some of the personal photographs from the war period are informal portraits of French men and women, including a group of girls with large Alsatian hair bows.

The collection contains some commercial photographs, with captions written directly on the negatives. These include views of dead soldiers, artillery pieces, and a picture of a French tank division heading into battle. One captures the explosion of a German mine in Cambria, and one features Ferdinand Foch and John J. Pershing.

Other groups of photographs date from before the war. A group of photographs taken in Albany in 1909 includes a view of the Emma Willard School. One group of prints is comprised of views of Ely Cathedral and the various colleges of the University of Cambridge. Another set concerns a trip to Mexico, particularly Oaxaca and Mitla. These pictures feature natives in local dress (often carrying large loads), an outdoor produce market, and horse- or mule-drawn vehicles.

The Ephemera series includes 5 empty albums once used to house some of the photographic negatives in the collection, including captions. Two empty photograph envelopes are housed with the photographs, as are a Kodak exposure guide, a manual for the No. 0 Graphic Camera, and a number of loose articles laid into the cover of an issue of Kodakery. A group of 19 large broadsides and notices includes items in English, French, and German. Many of these are the German army's posted notices to residents of occupied towns in France and Belgium, which list rules and regulations related to curfews, "voluntary" work, and other aspects of daily life. One lists methods for picking nettles and offers rewards for residents who provide them, one warns against alcohol use, and one contains news about the Germans' progress toward Paris. Also included are three advertisements for French war bonds, a sign encouraging viewers to "Help Re-chickenize Devastated France," and a sign for an Army telephone station.

One group of items pertains to the American-British-French-Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund. This series includes a printed appeals by Helen Keller and the association's leadership, a pamphlet highlighting the organization's work, and reports by numerous organizations seeking to provide relief for blinded soldiers. Items printed in Braille include a list of rules for the Blinded Soldiers' and Sailors' Hostel in London, alphabet cards, a book with raised illustrations of several animals and parts of the human body, and several other items printed only in Braille.

The collection also includes a large number of Periodicals and Printed Items , including complete issues of and extracts from American magazines such as Vogue, the Illustrated London News, Dress & Vanity Fair, and The Red Cross Magazine; French publications such as L'Illustration, La Baionnette, and Les Arts Français; and the Austrian magazine Kikeriki. Many of these include photographs or other illustrations of winter recreational activities and World War I-era soldiers. Newspaper clippings often refer to the progress of World War I and to the peace process; one clipping pertains to the relationship between Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover in 1932. Other printed materials concern Germany's justifications for going to war, the German and Allied delegations' responses to the first draft of the Treaty of Versailles, and the capture of German artillery ("I have captured a boche Machine gun... what can I do with it?"). Other items include a musical score for a Girl Scout song entitled "Onward," French ration tickets, and a hand-colored lithograph by Marcel Jeanjean showing several French soldiers carrying logs across a battle-scarred landscape while smoke rises in the distance.

Subject Terms

  • American-British-French-Belgian Permanent Blind Relief War Fund.
  • Belgium--History--German occupation, 1914-1918.
  • Eastman Kodak Company.
  • France--History--German occupation, 1914-1918.
  • Photographs shelf.
  • Treaty of Versailles (1919)
  • World War, 1914-1918--France.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Peace.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Propaganda.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • Castles--France.
  • Chickens.
  • Foch, Ferdinand, 1851-1929.
  • France.
  • Oaxaca de Juárez (Mexico)
  • Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948.
  • Soldiers.
  • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
  • University of Cambridge.
  • Warships.
  • World War, 1914-1918--France.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Propaganda.
  • Eastman Kodak Company.
  • Jeanjean, Marcel, 1893-1973.
Genre Terms:
  • Broadsides--1910-1920.
  • Film negatives--1910-1920.
  • Lithographs--1910-1920.
  • Manuals (instructional materials)
  • Newspapers--1910-1920.
  • Periodicals--1910-1920.
  • Photographic prints--1900-1910.
  • Photographic prints--1910-1920.
  • Signs (notices)--1910-1920.

Contents List (Request Materials)

Request materials for use in the Clements Library
Container / Location Title
Box   1 [A.O.12a]  
Photographs,  1908-1909,  1916-1919, and  undated [series]
Box   2 [A.O.12b]  
Periodicals and Printed Items,  1912-1919 and  1932 [series]
Drawer   [Prints B.16]  
Ephemera, [early 1900s] [series]

Additional Descriptive Data


"Dorothy Treat Arnold Cogswell."Find a Grave . Web. 13 December 2013.

Albany's Part in the World War . Ed. Harry Cohen. Albany, N.Y.: The General Publishing Company, 1919.