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Acre family papers

Date: 1917-1961

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: MICROFILM: MS 1663

Unit ID: 49131

Restrictions: None

Biographical sketch: 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.

Abstract: Correspondence, genealogical information, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous 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.

Space Required/Quantity: 0.02 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Acre family papers

Titles (Other):

  • Papers

Language note: Text is in English.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

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.

Contents: Ser. 1. Letters -- Ser. 2. Genealogical information -- Ser. 3. Miscellaneous -- Ser. 4. Newspaper clippings.

Portions of Collection Separately Described:


  • MS 1663: Acre family papers 1917-1961

Related Records or Collections

Other Finding Aid/Index: "Notes on this microfilm copy" at beginning of the microfilm.

Index Terms


    United States. Army -- Military life
    United States. Army. Infantry Brigade, 69th.
    Acre family
    Eaker family
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Kansas -- Genealogy
    Kansas -- History
    Trego County (Kan.) -- History
    WaKeeney (Kan.) -- History
    Acre, Albert Hamilton, 1893-1949
    Acre, Clyde Thomas, 1899-1959
    Acre, Joseph S., 1894-1974
    Allegree, Laura
    Dickey, Anna
    Eaker family
    Keith, Ella
    Ott, Ron
    Soldiers -- Kansas
    Veterans -- Kansas
    American letters -- Kansas -- History -- 20th century
    Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions: None

Use and reproduction:

Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

The user is cautioned that the publication of the contents of this microfilm may be construed as constituting a violation of literary property rights. The rights derive from the principle of common law, affirmed in the 1976 copyright act, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof for the duration of the copyright unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right; the right descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of an author or his or her publisher to secure permission of the owner if literary property rights in unpublished writing.

The Kansas Historical Society does not own literary property rights to this manuscript collection.

Reproduction: Microfilm. Topeka, Kan. : Kansas State Historical Society, 1993; roll MS 1663, project no. 2775; available for research or inter-library loan.

Cite as: [Identification of item, subseries, and / or series], Acre Family Papers, 1917 - 1961, Kansas Historical Society microfilm MS 1663.

Action note: Arranged, described, prepared for microfilming, and finding aid written by Robert A. McInnes, 1993.

Holder of originals: Microfilm of originals owned by the lender at the time of filming.

Holder of duplicates: Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)