This collection (1911–1956) contains records and the personal letters of American army cook Roy S. Fisk, relating to his time in France at the end of World War I and his life afterwards. There are 28 letters written directly to his brother, Emmett, on his time in France, along with a few letters to and from his family in N.Y.; various postcards, guidebooks and brochures relating to his time in France; an assortment of family documents, including 25 letters relating to his financial dealings after the war, and an assortment of military publications and draft papers.
Fisk’s letters to his brother (February–June 1919) during their time stationed in France after the war primarily focus on their daily routines and a desire to return back to America. Further military-oriented documents found in this collection beyond Fisk’s correspondence include items such as Fisk’s official induction into the armed services (June 1918), official military correspondence, and a pamphlet outlining the readjustment of soldiers back into civilian life.
Additional points of interests are the various memos from C. R. Macauley Photoplays, Inc., in the section of financial correspondence. This correspondence shows the promotion of films as a business and stock offerings around the turn of the 1920s.
This collection also contains an assortment of souvenirs and general ephemera. The first folder of this section contains a souvenir photobook of the USS
Kaisern Auguste Victoria (July 1919) on one of it voyages returning American soldiers (including Fisk) back home; postcards and a souvenir booklet related to the Spanish steamer
Infanta Isabel returning the 309th Field Artillery to America (April–May 1919) which lists the soldiers in the 309th; and a circa 1943 menu from the Empire State Building. Also included are souvenir books and postcard albums related Versailles and to various sites around France during the early 1900s. Some of the photos collected in these postcard albums were taken prior to the 1900s.
The folder of religious items contains two brief pamphlets regarding the Presbyterian Church outlook on the war and their stance on the German people as enemies. One title,
The Church in War-Time, discusses the role of religion during war; it places the church amongst various social institutions to claim its importance in maintaining public morals. The second pamphlet is from a sermon in April 1918 which describes critical views on the Germans as enemies. Additionally in this folder there are three undated membership certificates to The Religious of the Cenacle.
The bulk of what is left in this collection is a variety of personal items relating to Fisk and his family. Grouped together is an assortment of his personal items not relating to the First World War. Included are report cards and high school graduation programs for his daughters, family wedding invitations, greeting cards, a photograph of Harry S. Fisk (1901), newspaper clippings of obituaries and subjects of local interest, Fisk's personal account book (1915–1917), and a lock of hair.
Included in the oversize materials is a 1919 souvenir edition of the American Embarkation Center’s
The Bulletin. This publication discussed a variety of issues for Americans stationed in France at the time, and the career of General George S. Simonds. The other oversized item is an issue of
The Newark Carrier newspaper (April 27, 1911).