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Roy E. Thompson Papers, 1905-1948
Overview of the Collection
- Thompson, Roy Evans
- Roy E. Thompson Papers
- 1905-1948 (inclusive)19051948
- 1 linear foot, (1 box plus oversized)
- Collection Number
- Cage 776 (collection)
- This collection consists primarily of materials related to Roy Thompson's service in the U.S. Army during World War I. It includes his letters home to his family, diaries, papers related to military service, and photographs. In addition, the collection includes two patents issued to Thompson, and papers related to his education, particularly his academic career at the State College of Washington.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Roy Evans Thompson was born at Albion, WA in 1896, and grew up there on his family's farm. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1917, and served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France. While there, he was seriously injured in a railway accident, and his right foot was amputated. After returning home from the war, he enrolled at the State College of Washington, where he earned a diploma from the Department of Elementary Science in 1921, and bachelor's degrees in education and mechanical engineering in 1925.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection consists primarily of materials related to Roy Thompson's service in the U.S. Army during World War I. It includes his letters home to his family, diaries, papers related to military service, and photographs. In addition, the collection includes two patents issued to Thompson, and papers related to his education, particularly his academic career at the State College of Washington.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Copyright restrictions may apply.
[Item Description] Roy E. Thompson papers, 1905-1948
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
This collection is arranged in a single series.
Dale Thompson, son of Roy E. Thompson and compiler of the book Dear Homefolks: A Doughboy's Letters and Diaries (Berkeley, CA: Regent Press, 2009), donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2012. Cheryl Gunselman processed it in the same year.
This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
|1||1-5||Letters from Roy Thompson to his family||1917-1919|
|1||6||Diaries (2 items)||1918-1919|
|1||7||Postcards from Thompson to his family||1918|
|1||8||Photographs of Thompson||1917-1925|
|1||9||Military service documents (some reproductions)||1918-1920|
|1||10||German propaganda leaflet (in English and French) dropped behind the Allied lines||October 1918|
|1||11-12||Preparatory course papers, State College of Washington (mainly brief essays)||1921|
|1||13||Diplomas, State College of Washington||1925|
|1||14||Patents (2,427,168, issued to Thompson and John K. Morris, and 2,447,439, issued to Thompson)||1918-1919|
|O/S||15||Stars and Stripes (5 issues)||1918-1919|
|O/S||16||Certificates and diplomas||1905-1921|
|O/S||17||Photographs Thompson family: Pair of panoramas showing construction of barracks at Camp Lewis, WA. Photograph of Aix les Bains, France, with a note by Thompson describing climbing a mountain show in the image||1917-1918|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Soldiers--Washington (State)
- World War, 1914-1918
- Thompson, Roy Evans, 1896-1978--Archives
- United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.