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Herbert J. Gilkey World War I Memorabilia Collection

Herbert J. Gilkey was a long-time faculty member at Iowa State University, serving for many years as the Head of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in the College of Engineering. During the first World War, Gilkey served as a First Lieutenant with the Army Corps of Engineers and later was with the American Relief Administration in Paris. This collection contains guidebooks, maps, brochures, postcards, and photographs related to World War I which Gilkey collected. The bulk of the collection consists of postcards, primarily of France and Belgium. There are individual cards as well as items which are called "Postcard Souvenir Albums" in the collection. These are groups of postcards picturing views of a specific location, bound together in booklet form. These items were predominantly collected by Gilkey, but there are a few items which he received from Madge McGlade, who was for many years Director of Residence at Iowa State. Mrs. McGlade's husband, James, had also served in the American Expeditionary Force. These are marked as having belonged to Mrs. McGlade. Find out more about this collection by viewing the finding aid.

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New Collections Available for Research

Susan Carlson Papers, RS 3/1/51
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William A. Smith Scrapbook, RS 21/7/245
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Department of Industrial Education and Technology Creative Components and Field Reports, RS 10/6/5
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Additions were made to the Iowa Crop Improvement Association Records, RS 9/9/3
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