Peter Bernard Kyne war correspondence, 1898-1918  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kyne, Peter B., (Peter Bernard), 1880-1957--Correspondence
Peter Bernard Kyne war correspondence
1898-1918 (inclusive)
0.025 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
Coll 398
Peter Bernard Kyne (1880 - 1957) a soldier who served in the Spanish American War and WWI, became an author whose war experience provided the background for many of his later stories. The collection (1898-1918) contains correspondence written while Kyne served in the Philippines, during his discharge between wars, and a later letter written in France during WWI.
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Peter Bernard Kyne (1880 - 1957 ) was born in San Francisco, where he lived the greater part of his life. He became a writer of novels, short stories, and articles. When still under 18, he lied about his age and enlisted in Company L, 14th U.S. Infantry, which served in the Philippines from 1898-1899.

The Spanish-American War and the following insurrection of General Emilio Aguinaldo provided background for many of Kyne's later stories.

In 1910, Kyne married Helene Johnston. During World War I, he saw action as a captain in Battery A of the 144th field Artillery, known as the California Grizzlies. This experience again provided material for future stories.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence written while Kyne served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War was mostly written while he was stationed in Manilla. His letters describe army life, and the conditions of the city of Manila and its residents. He also describes battles, insurgents, fellow solders, and officers.

Letters written between the wars refer to his voyage home after his discharge, and visits with relatives in San Francisco.

There is one letter written from France, on October 3, 1918, where he writes about his experience thus far. His signature notes that he was a captain serving with the American Expeditionary Force.

The collection also includes a discharge notice from service in the Spanish-American War.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peter Bernard Kyne war correspondence, Coll 398, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Soldiers
  • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence
  • Spanish-American War, 1898
  • Personal Names :
  • Kyne, Peter B., (Peter Bernard), 1880-1957
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence