Acre Family Papers, 1917-1961
Kansas Historical Society microfilm roll MS 1663
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Albert, Clyde and Joseph Acre of WaKeeney, Kan., served in the American Expeditionary Forces, 35th Division, 137th Infantry, Company M, in France during World War I.
Correspondence, genealogical information, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items, 54 items, but primarily letters Joseph Acre wrote home describing Officer Candidate School, World War I campaigns in France, and his life as a “doughboy” & in the trenches; his thoughts dealt with Kansas and his lack of incoming mail. There are also newspaper clippings and genealogical materials. Correspondents include Albert & Joseph Acre, Laura Allegree, Anna Dickey, and Ella Keith. The clippings cover the "Dust Bowl" and Ron Ott.
1917 - 1961.
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
Acre family papers
Microfilm MS 1663
Ms. collection no. 5054.
Text is in English.
Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)
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Albert Clyde and Joseph Acre, of WaKeeney, Kansas, served in the American Expeditionary Forces, 35th Division, 137th Infantry, Company M, in France during World War I. This collection includes primarily the letters of Joseph Acre during that campaign and gives the researcher an idea of what life was like for the American “doughboys” serving in the trenches. Upon reading his letters, one gets the idea that his thoughts were concentrated more on matters in his native Kansas and on the plight of not receiving much mail from his family, rather than detailed insights of “trench life.”
Other series in this collection include letters of Ella Keith, Laura Allegree and Anna Dickey (pertaining mostly to genealogical matters); genealogical notes on the Acre family; and newspaper clippings. Though the bulk of the items center around Joseph Acre’s World War I letters, the other items do offer data on the rest of the family.
Organization of the Papers
Organized into 4 series reflecting the subject or nature of the material.
Folder no. Date and / or description of contents
Series 1 - Letters
Subseries 1 - Albert Acre
1. 1917 December 16
2. 1918 July [?]
3. 1918 Sept. 7
Subseries 2 - Clyde Acre
4. 1918 October 26
5. 1918 November 19
Subseries 3 - Joseph Acre
6. 1917 March 8
7. 1917 October 7
8. 1917 October 27
9. 1917 December 27
10. 1918 April 10
11. 1918 April 19
12. 1918 May 19
13. 1918 May [?]
14. 1918 May 26?
15. 1918 June 14
16. 1918 June 25
17. 1918 June 27
18. 1918 July 21
19. 1918 September 1
20. 1918 September 5
21. 1918 October 9
22. 1918 November 2
23. 1918 November 23
24. 1919 March 20
25. 1919 April 7
26. 1919 April 13
27. 1919 May 8
28. 1919 May 19
29. 1919 June 6
30. 1919 June 21
31. 1919 July 7
32. 1923 February 5
33. 2 envelopes, 1 post card and an incomplete letter.
Subseries 4 - Laura Allegree
34. 1935 February 13
Subseries 5 - Anna Dickey
35. 1961 January 8
Subseries 6 - Ella Keith
36. 1935 February 12
37. 1935 February 13
38. 1935 February 16
Series 2 - Genealogical Information
39. Five items concerning primarily the Acre family.
Series 3 - Misc. [sic]
40. Six items, including a dollar bill with the written names of the soldiers of Company M, 137 th Regiment, 69th Infantry Brigade, and the locations in which that company served during World War I.
Series 4 - Newspaper Clippings
41. Five items concerning Ronnie Ott and the Dust Bowl.
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Acre, Albert Hamilton, 1893-1949. (co-author and subject)
Acre, Clyde Thomas, 1899-1959. (co-author and subject)
Acre, Joseph S., 1894-1974. (co-author and subject)
Allegree, Laura. (co-author and subject)
Dickey, Anna. (co-author and subject)
Keith, Ella. (co-author and subject)
United States. Army. Infantry Brigade, 69th.
United States. Army - Military life.
Acre family. (co-author and subject)
Kansas - Genealogy.
Kansas - History.
Trego County (Kan.) - History.
WaKeeney (Kan.) - History.
American letters - Kansas - History - 20th century.
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939.
Soldiers - Kansas.
Veterans - Kansas.
World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1914-1918 - Campaigns - France.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
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[Identification of item, subseries, and / or series], Acre Family Papers, 1917 - 1961, Kansas Historical Society microfilm MS 1663.
Loan: Cynthia Acre Ziegler, 1993.
Arranged, described, prepared for microfilming, and finding aid written by Robert A. McInnes, 1993.
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