Victor C. Faure Papers, 1918-1919

(Manuscript Collection #1201)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Victor C. Faure Papers
Creator: Faure, Victor C.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Letters written by Victor C. Faure to his parents dated from May 18, 1918 to 27 March, 1919. Describe movement from California to Fort Mills on Long Island, to France, and delays in returning home after the war.
Extent: 0.78 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, 5 folders, Collection includes a scrapbook containing 42 letters and postcards written by U.S. Army Pvt. Victor C. Faure to his parents describing his World War I Army service at Fort Mills on Long Island, New York, and in France with the First Army as part of the American Expeditionary Force. Letters dated from May 18, 1918 to 27 March, 1919, which contain descriptions of Army life, the devastation in France from German artillery shelling, the First Army’s participation in the Battle of Argonne Forest, the end of the war and delays getting back home.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

November 28, 2011, 0.78 cubic feet; Collection (May 16, 1918 to March 11, 1919) includes a scrapbook containing 41 letters and postcards written by U.S. Army Pvt. Victor C. Faure to his parents, Henry E. Faure and Inge Peterson Faure, in San Francisco, California, describing his World War I Army service stateside and in France. His stateside letters describe train travels throughout California, the Southwest, Kansas, Chicago and Ohio; and his stay at Fort Mills on Long Island, New York. His time in France with the First Army as part of the American Expeditionary Force is covered in letters dated June 29, 1918, through March 11, 1919, which contain descriptions of Army life in good detail, the devastation in France from German artillery shelling, the First Army’s participation in the Battle of Argonne Forest, the end of the war and delays getting back home. Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Philadelphia, PA, with state funds.

Access Restrictions

Use photocopies of letters located in folders a - e.

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Victor C. Faure Papers (#1201), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased with state funds from Carmen D. Valentino.

Processing Information

  • Processed by Hans Sprenkle, August 2012.


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Victor C. Faure, of San Francisco, CA, was the son of Henry E. Faure and his wife Inge Peterson Faure. He served with the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I. In later years he, like his parents before him, was very involved in the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Collection includes a scrapbook containing 42 letters and postcards, dated from May 18, 1918 to 27 March, 1919, written by U.S. Army Pvt. Victor C. Faure to his parents, Henry E. Faure and Inge Peterson Faure, in San Francisco, California, describing his World War I Army service. Letters contain discriptions from his travel to and time at Fort Mills on Long Island, New York and his time in France with the First Army as part of the American Expeditionary Force. He provides descriptions of Army life, the devastation in France from German artillery shelling, the First Army’s participation in the Battle of Argonne Forest, the end of the war and delays getting back home. Scrapbook order and page numberes are in revese order, newest to oldest, pg 42 to pg 1. Scrapbook was dismantled and copies made for researcher use.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#1201.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1201.1.a
      9 letters photocopied: describing the trip from California to Camp Mills on Long Island, impressions of towns and cities seen, differences between east and west coast. Descriptions of camp life, laundry and showers. Issue of censors and unit movement secrecy; First four letters date determined by post mark. May 1918
    • Folder b#1201.1.b
      13 letters photocopied: Describes NY weather, Army rumor mill. Departing for France, Military mail censor, mail received 1 July 1918 shows evidence of censor. Descriptions of France, daily life, living conditions, and duties. June - July 1918
    • Folder c#1201.1.c
      7 letters photocopied: Mostly personal conversation with parents. Descution on Drill, Fire Fighting, and unit movement. August - September 1918
    • Folder d#1201.1.d
      8 letters photocopied: Mostly personal conversation with parents. Night and Gas attacks Description of winterizing tents. Christmas Coupon. Part of 1st Army and Battle of Argonne Forest. Departure plans and rumors. October - December 1918
    • Folder e#1201.1.e
      5 letters photocopied: Review by General Pershing. Departure rumors and frustrations, troop feelings. January - March 1919
    • Folder f#1201.1.f (1 item  digitized)
      Original Letters. May 1918 - March 1919

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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