Allen B. Tint World War I letters and memorabilia, 1917-1918

Overview of the Collection

Tint, Allen B., 1895-1960
Allen B. Tint World War I letters and memorabilia
1917-1918 (inclusive)
0.1 cubic feet, (1 folder in shared box; 1 oversize folder (12x15) in shared flat box)
Collection Number
Coll 907
Postcards and letters from Allen B. Tint (1895-1960), written during his service in World War I, to the family of his brother, Leopold "Lew" M. Tint, as well as newspaper clippings, a poem, and two issues of the newspaper for the base hospital where Allen B. Tint was stationed. The Tints were Latvian-Americans; Leopold M. Tint (1882-1951) moved to Portland, Oregon, in the early 1920s, while Allen B. Tint stayed on the U.S. East Coast.
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Allen Bernard Tint (1895-1960) was a Latvian-American who was born in Riga, Latvia, and lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey. In World War I, he served in the U.S. Army at Base Hospital No. 9 in France. His older brother, Leopold "Lew" M. Tint (1882-1951), moved to Portland, Oregon, in the early 1920s.

Sources: Vital records on; Portland city directories; obituary for Lew M. Tint in the Oregonian, September 9, 1951.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection primarily consists of postcards and letters that Allen B. Tint sent to his brother Leopold "Lew" M. Tint's family while serving in World War I. One of these letters was written while Tint was still sailing to France, whereas the rest were written while he was stationed at Base Hospital No. 9. The last letter in the collection was written a week following the Armistice. In this letter, Tint expresses regret at not having been able to go to the front. This letter also describes the variety of nationalities that one can find on a soldier's train, and includes a derogatory term for Chinese people.

Other materials in the collection include: Two issues of Base Hospital No. 9's newspaper, The "9" Times; two clippings, one with a poem written by an American soldier, and another discussing The "9" Times; and a poem, "The Kaiser's Talk to Hell."

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Allen B. Tint World War I letters and memorabilia, Coll 907, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of F. Virginia Tint, November 1996 (Lib. Acc. 22944).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American

Personal Names

  • Tint, Allen B., 1895-1960--Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • United States. Army. Base Hospital No. 9

Form or Genre Terms

  • correspondence
  • newspapers