Nathaniel Pettit Joy Collection

1913-1919, undated
Manuscript Collection #1191
Creator(s)
Danley, Raymond; Griffiths, A. C.; Inman, William
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 1 box; 90 items, consisting of correspondence, photographs and postcards
Preferred Citation
Nathaniel Pettit Joy Papers (Manuscript Collection #1191), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

The Nathaniel Pettit Joy Collection (1913-1919 [Bulk: 1918-1919], undated) consists primarily of letters he and his wife Mary received from two New Jersey soldiers and two New Jersey sailors written to Nathaniel Pettit Joy and his wife Mary of Groveville, New Jersey. The soldiers, Raymond "Bud" Danley and William "Bill" Inman were privates in the Headquarters Company of the 309th Infantry Infantry, 78th Division of the American Expeditionary Force; they wrote from England, France and Fort Dix (New Jersey); the sailors were A. C. Griffiths sailor aboard the battleship USS ARIZONA in 1918-1919; and Cousin Edwin, who served aboard the USS SIBONEY, a hospital ship, 1918-1919; the collection also includes several miscellaneous items, including French postcards, photographs of unidentified soldiers and sailors, and a letter written from a Cpl. Walter P. Rogers, who was a guard at a Russian prisoner of war camp in Chemnitz, Germany early in 1919.


Biographical/historical information

Nathaniel Pettit Joy (born 1874) and his wife Mary were living in Groveville, Mercer County, New Jersey, during World War I and they received numerous letters from friends and a cousin from New Jersey who were soldiers or sailors serving in the war. Joy was a storekeeper and some of the correspondents were former employees of his.

Nathaniel Pettit Joy was born in 1874. According to the 1910 census, he was a weaver in a cotton mill, but he was working as a storekeeper by 1918. Military records show that Joy registered for the draft in 1918, at the age of 44. However, Joy never enlisted in the military. It is unknown if this is due to his age or the conclusion of the war. At the time of World War I, Joy was married and living in Groveville, New Jersey. Of the men who wrote to the Pettit Joys, three were former employees, and one was a cousin of Joy's wife, Mary.

Private Raymond "Bud" Danley served with the Signal Corps in the Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, American Expeditionary Force. According to his draft registration card, he lived in Groveville, New Jersey and was employed as a clerk at the time of World War I. Danley served in France throughout the war. He was wounded by a German shell and recuperated in a Paris hospital. Danley ultimately recovered from his injury and returned to active duty.

Private William "Bill" Inman also served in the Headquarters Company of the 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, American Expeditionary Force. His letters suggest that he enlisted with Private Danley. Inman was stationed in Fort Dix, New Jersey until his outfit shipped to France in August of 1918. In November 1918, Inman saw action in France. By December of the same year, he was working in an Army post office in France. In one of his last letters to Pettit Joy, he noted that he would be retuning to the United States soon.

A.C. "Griff" Griffiths was a sailor onboard the USS ARIZONA in 1918.The USS ARIZONA was used as a gunnery training ship. During World War I, it guarded American coastline from Virginia to New York. Following the armistice, the ARIZONA escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. Griffiths was onboard the ship during this time, and he wrote to the Pettit Joys about this experience.

A sailor known only as "Cousin Edwin" wrote to Mary Pettit Joy from aboard the USS SIBONEY. The SIBONEY was a troop transport ship that was requisitioned from the Ward Line and Cuba Mail Steamship Company. Edwin discusses the severity of the flu aboard ship and funerals at sea; he also records rescuing seamen from torpedoed ships.

Cpl. Walter P. Rogers wrote a very interesting letter to Mary Pettit Joy concerning his postwar assignment as a guard at a Russian prisoner of war camp, in Chemnitz, Germany, including his lengthy railroad trip from France, Luxembourg, and Germany; and containing his observations of life in occupied Cologne and Chemnitz in 1919.


Scope and arrangement

Collection of WWI correspondence (1918-1919, undated) from four New Jersey soldiers and sailors written to Nathaniel Pettit Joy or his wife, Mary, of Groveville, New Jersey. Private Raymond "Bud Danley, a member of the Signal Corps in the 309th Infantry, 78th Division, wrote from England and France. Private William "Bill Inman, also with the 309th Infantry, 78th Division, wrote from Fort Dix in New Jersey and France. A.C. "Griff" Griffiths, a sailor onboard the USS Arizona, wrote to Mary Joy in 1918. A cousin identified only as "Edwin" wrote to Mary Joy from aboard the USS Siboney in 1918 and 1919. Also included are French postcards and a letter written to Danley from a soldier who is a guard at a Russian prisoner of war camp in Germany.


Administrative information
Custodial History

January 15, 2012, 1 archival box; 90 items; 0.25 cubic feet; Collection contains World War I correspondence (1918-1919, undated) from four New Jersey soldiers and sailors written to Nathaniel Pettit Joy or his wife Mary of Groveville, New Jersey. Private Raymond "Bud" Danley was with the Signal Corps in the 309th Infantry, 78th Division and he wrote from England and France; Private William "Bill" Inman was also with the 309th Infantry, 78th Division and he writes from Fort Dix in New Jersey and from France; A. C. "Griff" Griffiths writes from the USS Arizona in 1918; and "Edwin" writes to his cousin Mary Joy from onboard the USS Siboney in 1918 and 1919. Also included are French postcards, photographs and a letter written to Danley from a soldier who is a guard at a Russian prisoners of war camp in Germany. Purchased with Sara Batten Endowment funds from Dave Stewart of Between the Covers Rare Books in Gloucester City, N.J.

Source of acquisition

Purchased with Sara Batten Endowment funds from Dave Stewart of Between the Covers Rare Books in Gloucester City, N.J.

Processing information

Arrangement, description, inventory & finding aid by Leigh Smith, 4/23/2012; revised by Jonathan Dembo, 10/15/2012; encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 11/26/2012

Copyright notice

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


Language of material

French

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309 Infantry Regiment, at an unknown location in Great Britain; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (5/20/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 2 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while serving in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (6/13/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery; mentions airships bombing Great Britain
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) from somewhere in Great Britain; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (7/14/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; remarks on novelty, need for news from home; visit to Bill [Inman?] who is the chaplain's orderly
Box 1 Folder a Item 4 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) from somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (8/4/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: 309th Infantry Regiment stationery; postmarked 8/13/1918; mentions recent nearby air raid, little damage; remarks on baseball game between Groveville [New Jersey] and Cottage Club
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (9/4/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; comments on victory in Battle of Soissons (18 July); predicts many victories soon; "there is going to be one grand rush soon"
Box 1 Folder a Item 6 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while serving in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (10/13/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery; German prisoners; Captain announces Germany willing to accept Wilson's peace plan; promises "woe to those ship yard scape goats"
Box 1 Folder a Item 7 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while serving in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (11/11/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; letter misdated Oct. 9, 1918; remarks on Armistice & Allied victory; spent 2 months in the line; wounded in chest by "whiz bang" shell; only 2 of 16 men unhurt in unit
Box 1 Folder a Item 8 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (12/20/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; postmarked 12/22/1918; comments: "I haven't saved any souvenirs from the battle field except my wound"; out of hospital, back with his company; visit to Paris disappointing, showing effect of war; doesn't regret experiences, even the "cooties"
Box 1 Folder a Item 9 Clipping: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, The Stars And Stripes; (12/27/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Clipping marked to show locations of 78th Division, 26 Sept. - 11 Nov. 1918, added in ink; also marks where Bud" was wounded
Box 1 Folder a Item 10 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) APO Epoisses, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy [1/16/1918] Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; remarks on "bully beef" and President Woodrow Wilson's visit to France to negotiate the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I; Danley incorrectly dated the letter "Jan. 16, 1918"
Box 1 Folder a Item 11 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, at Epoisses, near Semur, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (2/11/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Sleeping accommodations; "slept in a ditch"; Bill's visit to Paris; he was probably led astray by the girls before he reached the railroad station exit; wants to get home
Box 1 Folder a Item 12 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, at Epoisses, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (2/23/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: American Express - Knights of Columbus stationery; complains of new uniform style, long trousers instead of knee breeches, too British looking; will be in France until about 20 May
Box 1 Folder a Item 13 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, at Epoisses, France to Pettit Joy (3/1/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; spring plowing under way; last winter not as bad as others in war; tracing wartime movements on a map for future generations; expect to sail for home 15-20 May
Box 1 Folder a Item 14 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (3/18/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: mentions harsh peace terms for Germany; "I don't believe she will ever be able to start another war again"
Box 1 Folder a Item 15 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (3/27/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Major league baseball spring training in the South reminds him that he has requested permission to visit Nice, France; Gen. John J. Pershing reviewed the 78th Division; criticizes Republican senators who are opposing President Wilson
Box 1 Folder a Item 16 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/14/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; US victory march in Berlin, Germany; quotes Gen. Hunter Liggett's remarks on the performance of the 309th and 310th Regiments in the 78th Division who continued to perform despite 60-70% casualties
Box 1 Folder a Item 17 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) postcard to Pettit Joy depicting Epoisses, Burgundy, France (1/21/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 18 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) postcard to Pettit Joy depicting Rue de Rivoli, Paris with a view of l'Hotel du Louvre (12/11/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 19 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) postcard to Pettit Joy depicting Monte Carlo (4/30/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 20 Danley, Raymond (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) empty envelope addresses to Pvt. Danley (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder b Item 1 Inman, Bill (Recruit, American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Camp Dix, New Jersey; postcard to Pettit Joy (4/5/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Has arrived safely at Camp Dix
Box 1 Folder b Item 2 Inman, Bill (Recruit, American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Camp Dix, New Jersey; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (8 April 1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery
Box 1 Folder b Item 3 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/9/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery
Box 1 Folder b Item 4 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/14/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; ". . . If there is a man in this world that would like to kill the Germans, it is me . . . "
Box 1 Folder b Item 5 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (5/2/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery
Box 1 Folder b Item 6 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) while stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (5/6/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery
Box 1 Folder b Item 7 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (6/1/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Brooklyn, NY YMCA envelope; 309th Infantry Regiment stationery; Inman was en route to Europe when this letter was written
Box 1 Folder b Item 8 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force); AEF Field Service Postcard to Pettit Joy (6/23/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Printed form to parents saying "I am quite well. . . . I have received no letter from you for a long time"
Box 1 Folder b Item 9 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment; somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (6/28/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: British Expeditionary Forces YMCA stationery
Box 1 Folder b Item 10 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment; somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (7/15/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: American Expeditionary Forces YMCA stationery; Army life in England & France
Box 1 Folder b Item 11 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment; somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (8/2/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 5 p. Note: Scottish Churches' Huts stationery; have "saved sixty dollars since I come in the Army. . . "
Box 1 Folder b Item 12 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force); AEF Field Service Postcard to Pettit Joy (8/10/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Printed form to parents saying "I am quite well. . . . I have received your letter dated July 4. . . . I have received a letter from you lately"
Box 1 Folder b Item 13 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment; somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (8/11/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: British Expeditionary Forces YMCA stationery; Bud doing fine; dreamed he was home last night; would like to get newspapers
Box 1 Folder b Item 14 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment; somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (8/25/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Army and Navy YMCA stationery; passed through Paris at night; "certainly is one fine city"
Box 1 Folder b Item 15 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force); AEF Field Service Postcard to Pettit Joy (9/8/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Printed form to parents saying "I am quite well. . . . I have received your letter dated Aug. 3th . . . . I have received a letter from you lately"
Box 1 Folder b Item 16 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (9/21/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; "Poor [Dave] Conley was killed the other night fighting for his country. No man could die a braver death . . . "
Box 1 Folder b Item 17 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (10/4/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery; has sent home a knife made from bullets picked up in no-man's land and buttons from a dead German"
Box 1 Folder b Item 18 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (10/14/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; "I think that the war is almost over . . . "
Box 1 Folder b Item 19 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (10/23/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: YMCA stationery; "Been to the front for some time now. . . . "; mentions battle
Box 1 Folder b Item 20 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (11/1/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: YMCA stationery; "has a close call two nights ago. A big shell struck right in front of me and went off tearing the trees out of the ground and I didn't get a scratch"
Box 1 Folder b Item 21 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force); AEF Field Service Postcard to Pettit Joy (11/5/1918) Typed printed form. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Printed form to parents saying "I am quite well. . . . I have received a letter from you lately"
Box 1 Folder b Item 22 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; Christmas card with envelope to Pettit Joy (Dec. 1918) Printed. 1 item, 1 p. Note: YMCA Christmas card with print of Royal Air Force fighter plane
Box 1 Folder b Item 23 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France; letter to Pettit Joy (12/20/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; mentions Bud's friend Charles Purdy
Box 1 Folder b Item 24 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (12/22/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery
Box 1 Folder b Item 25 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, somewhere in France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (11/24/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Knights of Columbus YMCA stationery; mentions dead comrade Dave Conley
Box 1 Folder b Item 26 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (12/30/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; sending home a box of mistletoe; will send a map of the last drive showing where the 78th was in it; mentions the spread of influenza
Box 1 Folder b Item 27 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France; postcard of Epoisses, France to Pettit Joy (ca. Dec. 1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: View of Epoisses - La rue principale [Main Street]
Box 1 Folder c Item 1 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (1/3/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: American YMCA stationery; postmarked 1/9/1919; jokes: "The Germans have taken castor oil and the ones in reserve got the wind of it and there soon was something moving in the rear. . . ." and "Why is a cootie not like a rattle snake? Because a snake goes along on its own belly and a cootie don't care whose belly they go on."
Box 1 Folder c Item 2 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, Epoisses, France; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy & newspaper clipping describing Battle of the Argonne (1/13/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; Clipping: "Argonne Victory Recorded in G.O. C.-in-C. [General Order. Commander-in-Chief] Praises First Army, A. E. F. , for 'Splendid Accomplishment'"; includes text of Gen. John J. Pershing's General Order No. 282
Box 1 Folder c Item 3 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (1/17/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; Asks "What do you think of the German's buttons? [recently sent as a gift] Well, he will never talk about the war. He is sleeping somewhere here in France. That is the place for him."
Box 1 Folder c Item 4 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (1/19/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A.P.O. 755
Box 1 Folder c Item 5 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); postcard to Pettit Joy labeled "EPOISSOTTE, commune d'Epoisses" [Epoissotte, village of Epoisses] (1/25/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: "I am sending you a small package so look for it. Bill"
Box 1 Folder c Item 6 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (2/11/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A.P.O. 755; gets letter from Dave Conley's (Conley killed in war) sister; speaking French with the natives; Bud working in post office
Box 1 Folder c Item 7 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter to Pettit Joy (2/20/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A.P.O. 755; has requested a pass to visit area near Spain with Bud; is getting by speaking French; sending some raw silk as a gift
Box 1 Folder c Item 8 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (2/23/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A. P. O. 755; good news; will leave for U.S. some time in May, arrive in U.S. around 1st of June; ; sending sample of French paper money; didn't get pass
Box 1 Folder c Item 9 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (3/2/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A. P. O. 755; expecting to sail about 20 May & be with you for the 4th of July; approves 78th Division nickname: "Lightning Division"; gets another letter from Dave Conley's sister, felt like crying when writing response
Box 1 Folder c Item 11 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/13/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A. P. O. 755; just returned from 8-day pass; was where oranges were growing; picked and ate some; lived in the best hotels; over 1,000 miles from the company; two 48 hours travel each way; Bud didn't get pass
Box 1 Folder c Item 12 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/15/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A. P. O. 755; sending two small packages; will bring gas mask, iron hat, and rifle home; leaving here on 25 April
Box 1 Folder c Item 13 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/24/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Knights of Columbus stationery; A. P. O. 755; "I am writing you my last letter from France"; thinks they will sail by 15 May; mentions baseball game & boxing match
Box 1 Folder c Item 14 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); postcard to Pettit Joy; postcard labeled "Vieux Chateau (Cote-d'Or) - Roche Sainte Catherine (5/6/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Black & white postcard showing high rock cliff with chateau on top; Inman went for a walk here
Box 1 Folder c Item 15 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); postcard depicts Le Grand Theatre Municipal in Bordeaux, France (5/15/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder c Item 16 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); postcard depicts Nice, France; postcard reads "Nice - LePaillon - Les Lavandieres - L.L." (1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: "I am on pass now. Am down near Monte Carlo. It sure is some place."
Box 1 Folder c Item 17 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); postcard to Pettit Joy; postcard description reads "Epoisses - Route d'Avallon" (1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Postcard shows street where Inman lived in Epoisses; house he lived in is marked with an "X"
Box 1 Folder c Item 18 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); photographic postcard showing Inman with his "bunkie" Casey, to Pettit Joy (1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder c Item 19 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); envelope to Pettit Joy (1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder c Item 20 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); postcard to Mrs. Pettit Joy depicting "Le Chalet de l'Empereur" in Vichy, France (1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder c Item 21 Inman, Bill (Pvt., American Expeditionary Force) Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry Regiment, Epoisses, France (Cote d'Or); souvenir postcard to Mrs. Pettit Joy (1919) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Printed sentiment: "Le Souvenir. Pour le Souvenir, Notre coeur fidele, Peut toujours s'unir Au coeur qui l'appelle!" [The Memory. For the memory, Our Faithful heart, Can always link itself, to the heart with calls it!]
Box 1 Folder d Item 1 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (3/24/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Addressed to "Dear Pat . . . This life is the making of me."
Box 1 Folder d Item 2 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Torpedo Division, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (4/5/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Addressed "Dear Pat"; met Alfred Kayhill, from USS NEVADA & had played pool with me and Billie Burk;
Box 1 Folder d Item 3 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (6/14/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: records arrival of USS ARIZONA in British waters
Box 1 Folder d Item 4 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (6/20/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: reports USS ARIZONA sank a German submarine that sank a US ship; back from 5 days at sea aboard an "old tug boat"
Box 1 Folder d Item 5 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (6/23/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Working to pass examination for higher rating
Box 1 Folder d Item 6 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (7/28/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Addressed to "Dear Pat & Wife"; visited crewman on USS OKLAHOMA (Kolby of Yardville); put Elmer Davies' boy's [Albert Davie] picture in the Fleet Review
Box 1 Folder d Item 7 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (11/3/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Gives the Germans about 3 months longer to hold out; mentions Turkey's withdrawal from war ["a good stunt"]; hears that all the family has the "flu"; Elmer has went to Canada to work
Box 1 Folder d Item 8 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, Portland, England; letter with envelope to Pettit Joy (12/12/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: "I am over here with the Bloody Englishmen"; leave tomorrow to "meet the President and will escort him to France"; and then rumors say we will head home; invites Pat to visit the ship when it reaches New York
Box 1 Folder d Item 9 Griffiths, A. C., USS ARIZONA, Box T, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.; "somewhere in the South" [Yorktown, VA]; postcard with envelope to Pettit Joy (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Photograph on front shows "Griff" [?] & shipmates with a young child
Box 1 Folder e Item 1 Amor [no last name], Johnstown, New Jersey; letter without envelope to his cousin Mary (Mrs. N. Pettit) Joy (6/7/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Gives Edwin's address aboard USS SIBONEY
Box 1 Folder e Item 2 Cousin Edwin, USS SIBONEY, Hospital Corps, Hoboken, New Jersey; letter with envelope to his cousin Mary (Mrs. N. Pettit) Joy (6/23/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Arrived yesterday; carried more than 3,000 troops over last trip; on return trip sited 5 empty life rafts from the USS PRESIDENT LINCOLN which had been torpedoes 31 May; on 21 June we picked up 2 lifeboats with 46 men aboard from the British (formerly Russian) SS DIVINSK which had been torpedoes 18 June; discusses watch routines; sleeping with clothes on in war zones;
Box 1 Folder e Item 3 Cousin Edwin, USS SIBONEY, 10th Division, New York, NY; letter with envelope to his cousin Mary (Mrs. N. Pettit) Joy (10/31/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 2 p. Note: Has crossed the Atlantic Ocean 6 times now; no submarines last 2 trips; epidemic of influenza (500+ cases) broke out last trip, 37 soldiers and 4 sailors died; had to bury 2 soldiers at sea due to lack of embalming fluid; helped to embalm nearly all the victims
Box 1 Folder e Item 4 Cousin Edwin, USS SIBONEY, Hoboken, New Jersey; letter to his cousin Mary (Mrs. N. Pettit) Joy (1/31/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: Has crossed the Atlantic Ocean 9 times; hopes to be placed on inactive list before he crosses it 12 times; men with dependents getting out first; brought back 3340 officers & men this trip
Box 1 Folder e Item 5 Cousin Edwin, USS SIBONEY; letter to his cousin Mary (Mrs. N. Pettit) Joy (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 3 p. Note: Last trip was supposed to be our last trip; so is present trip; wants to go to college this fall; had 5 days leave in Paris, France last trip; stayed in YMCA; also visited Rheims, Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood, Versailles, etc.; visited the Hindenburg line in YMCA trucks; saw French Fort Pompelle; also saw sights in Paris, including Napoleon's Tomb, Notre Dame, Madeline Church; will never forget it
Box 1 Folder f Item 1 Rogers, C. (Mrs.) Bordertown, New Jersey; postcard to Mary (Mrs. N. Pettit) Joy, Groveville, NJ (11/25/1918) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: enclosed address of Cpl. Walter P. Rogers, Company C, 104th Engineers Regiment, A. E. F. A.P.O. 765
Box 1 Folder f Item 2 Rogers, Walter P. (Cpl.) Russian Prisoner of War Camp, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany, A.P.O. 927; letter to Miss Mary Burns, Groveville, NJ, with references to Private Raymond "Bud" Danley (3/10/1919) Holograph. 1 item, 4 p. Note: YMCA stationery; got to Germany by volunteering; describes trip through France, Luxembourg & Germany; stayed on ships in the Rhine at Coblenz, Germany; describes accommodations in Chemnitz; guarding about 5,000 Russian POWs; visiting towns
Box 1 Folder f Item 3 Photograph of an unknown soldier standing on a river bank (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 4 Unknown sailor sitting on a ship; Real Photo Postcard (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 5 M. B. J. [Mary B. Joy ?]; postcard to Wilbur Carey, USS CAPE LOOKOUT, New York, NY (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Postcard requests Wilbur Carey's address
Box 1 Folder f Item 6 Postcard: Salon de 1913 - Societe des Artistes Francois - Charles Walhain - Sur la Cote d'Emeraude [On the Coast of emerald]; blank postcard (ca. 1913) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Postcard of painting by French artist Charles Albert Walhain (1877-1936)
Box 1 Folder f Item 7 Postcard: "L'Offrande . . . 1915" [Offering] (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p. Note: Postcard shows Britannia offering assistance to French General Ferdinand Foch in behalf of suffering French and Belgian peasant girls in 1915; part of a "patriotic gallery" of postcards; verso has a paragraph of indecipherable holograph French script
Box 1 Folder f Item 8 Scrap piece of paper with the address of Private Robert C. Hibbs, Battery A, 345th Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Force, A.P.O. 778, New York, NY (undated) Holograph. 1 item, 1 p