Nave Brothers Letters, 1917-1918

Overview of the Collection

University of Idaho. Library. Special Collections Dept.
Nave Brothers Letters
1917-1918 (inclusive)
0.25 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 5772
Personal letters written by Floyd M. Nave and Benjamin F. Nave to their parents, James H. and Mattie B. Nave, while they served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The manuscript group is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

According to the 1920 Census record found on the Family Search Web site,, accessed on December 19, 2013, Floyd M. Nave was born in Missouri in either 1895 or 1896 and Benjamin F. Nave, in Texas probably in 1896, to James H. and Mattie B. Nave. Floyd married Mary Harlene (Satoris) in Payette, Idaho on May 8, 1919, and in 1920, the couple lived in Lewiston, Idaho. Benjamin was living in Lewiston, Idaho in 1920, with parents. Based on Benjamin's letters, Nave’s family nickname was “French.”

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of this collection consists of letters that the Nave Brothers wrote home to their parents in Lewiston, Idaho, while they served in the U.S. Army in 1917 and 1918. Floyd Nave reports on his day-to-day experiences as an Allied Expeditionary Force soldier in training and after being deployed to France. Before being sent overseas in September 1917, Nave frequently reported that he was happy and healthy, and was in fact, getting fat on “Army grub.” He also entreated his parents not to worry about him and asked that his regards be given to family, friends, and his sweetheart, Harlene. The collection also contains a photograph of a young woman, postcards, and other correspondence.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Nave Brothers Letters, MG 5772. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

It is believed that Terry Abraham, Head of Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, purchased the collection from a vendor in February 2000.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Nave, Benjamin F.
  • Nave, Floyd M.