Louie E. Matteson letters, 1900 September 5-1901 July 28

Overview of the Collection

Matteson, Louie E. (Louie Elmer), 1881-1957
Louie E. Matteson letters
1900 September 5-1901 July 28 (inclusive)
2007 February
0.1 cubic feet, (1 folder in shared box)
Collection Number
Coll 58
Four letters from Louie E. Matteson (1881-1957) to his family, written while he was serving in the U.S. Army during the Philippine-American War, and a brief biographical outline of Matteson's life.
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Louie Elmer Matteson was born in 1881 in Kingman, Kansas. During the Philippine-American War, he served in Company D of the 20th Infantry Regiment in the U.S. Army. He later lived in California, and died in 1957 in Yucaipa, California.

Sources: Obituary in the Yucaipa News-Mirror, November 28, 1957; military records on Ancestry.com; information provided by Matteson's great niece, Glenna Kruger.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of four letters that Louie E. Matteson wrote to his family while serving with the U.S. Army in the Philippines, dated between September 1900 and July 1901. Three of the letters are addressed to his parents, while one is addressed to his brother. These letters inquire into the family's status and describe Matteson's observations about the Philippines and its people. Two of the letters describe activities relating to the Filipino insurgency. The collection also includes a brief biographical outline of Matteson's life produced by his great niece, Glenna Kruger.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Louie E. Matteson letters, Coll 58, 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

Gifts of Glenna Kruger, February 2007 and July 2023 (Lib. Acc. 26197; RL2023-037).

Processing Note

Initially processed in March 2007. An additional letter dated July 28, 1901, was added to the collection in September 2023. At that time, the collection description was revised to describe the letters' contents in more detail and to provide a biographical note. Collection was titled "Louie Elmer Matteson letters" prior to September 2023.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence

Personal Names

  • Matteson, Louie E. (Louie Elmer), 1881-1957--Correspondence

Geographical Names

  • Philippines--Description and travel
  • Philippines--History--Philippine American War, 1899-1902

Form or Genre Terms

  • correspondence