Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 221
Herbert J. Gilkey World War I Memorabilia Collection, 1913-1919, n.d.
Format, Dates


Descriptive summary

creator:

 

title:

Herbert J. Gilkey World War I Memorabilia Collection

dates:

1913-1919, n.d.

extent:

4.83 linear ft. (11 document boxes and 1 half-document box)

collection number:

MS 221

repository:

Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access:

Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Herbert J. Gilkey World War I Memorabilia Collection, MS 221, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Biographical note

Herbert J. Gilkey was a long-time faculty member at Iowa State University, serving forty-five years until his death in 1976. Educated at MIT, Harvard, and the University of Illinois, he was brought to Iowa State College (University) in 1931 to organize and direct the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (later a part of the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department). He headed the Department until 1955, when he gave up his administrative duties but continued teaching and doing research. During World War I, Gilkey served as a First Lieutenant with the Army Corps of Engineers and later was with the American Relief Administration in Paris.

 

Collection description

This collection (1913-1919, n.d.) 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.

One section contains Gilkey's photographs of German fortifications in the Apremont (France) area. Apremont was the scene of the advance of American troops in September and October 1918 in the Battle of the Argonne.

The Department of Special Collections received a large amount of material from Professor Gilkey. His files relating to the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics can be found in the University Archives, Record Series 11/7/11. However, many of Gilkey's files had no relationship to the University aside from his ownership. These items have been organized into the following manuscript collections: Gilkey Postcard Collection (MS 215); Gilkey Travel Brochure Collection (MS 216) and Gilkey Airline, Busline and Railroad Schedule Collection (MS 217).

 

 

Description of series

Series 1

Guidebooks

1914-1919, n.d.

extent:

0.2 linear feet

description:

This series contains city guidebooks from Belgium, France and Luxemburg.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

Antwerp, Anvers

n.d.

1

2

Brussels

1914

1

3

Langres

n.d.

1

4

Paris: "Alphabetical List of Paris Streets"

n.d.

1

5

Paris: "Practical Hints on Paris"

1919

1

6

Paris: "The Story of Paris"

1918

1

7

Nice: "Lagoff's Guide of the Riviera, Series 1"

n.d.

1

8

Nice: "Nice and Neighborhood"

n.d.

1

9

Luxemburg: "Grand and Neighborhood"

n.d.

1

10

Metz

n.d.

1

11

Metz

1913

1

12

Nice: "Plan Systematique de Nice"

n.d.

1

13

Paris: Public Transportation

1913

1

14

Paris: "Ses Monuments"

n.d.

1

15

Descriptive brochure for the Hotel du Palois, Paris

n.d.

 

Description of series

Series 2

Maps, Brochures and Notebook

1913-1919, n.d.

extent:

0.2 linear feet

description:

This series contains maps and brochures from France and includes a notebook with notations regarding photographs taken, addresses and expenses

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

10

Map: Metz

n.d.

1

11

Map: Metz

1913

1

12

Map: Nice, "Plan Systematique de Nice"

n.d.

1

13

Map: Paris, Public Transportation

1913

1

14

Map: Paris, "Ses Monuments"

n.d.

1

15

Descriptive brochure for the Hotel du Palois, Paris

n.d.

1

16

Notebook: includes notations regarding photographs taken, addresses and expenses

1917-1918

1

17

Program: Horse race at Saint Cloud, France. July 6

1919

1

18

Greeting cards

n.d.

1

19

Heads of state and other dignitaries. Includes scenes of President Woodrow Wilson meeting with Cardinal Mercier on June 19,1919

1915-1919, n.d.

1

20

"Pantheon de la Guerre"

n.d.

1

21

Ships. Includes S.S. Imperator

n.d.

1

22

Antwerp, Anvers

n.d.

1

23

Antwerp, Anvers: oversize cards

n.d.

1

24-25

Antwerp, Anvers: Musee D'Anvers.

n.d.

2

1

Blankenberghe

n.d.

2

2

Bruges

n.d.

2

3

Bruges: oversize 5.5 x 7.75 cards

n.d.

2

4-5

Brussels

n.d.

2

6

Brussels: Military Subjects

n.d.

2

7

Oostende

n.d.

2

8

Arnay-le-Duc

n.d.

2

9

Battle of the Marne: War damage

1914

2

10

Beaune: American Expeditionary Force University

1919 ca.

2

11

Belleau Wood : Includes shot of German trenches and war damage

1918

2

12

Brecy: sense of Krupp's 42 cm. mortar, "Big Bertha"

1918

2

13

Brest

n.d.

2

14

Cannes.

n.d.

2

15

Chalons-sur-Marne

n.d.

2

16

Chamonix: Includes Mont Blanc

n.d.

2

17

Chateau Thierry: American cemetery

n.d.

2

18

Chaumont.

n.d.

2

19

Chaumont (marked G.H.Q.): August 17- September 19, 1918 (Chaumont was the headquarters of the American Expeditionary Force under Pershing)

n.d.

3

1

"Collection de la Basilique de Bois Chenu" - most cards relate to Joan of Arc

n.d.

3

2

Colmar.

n.d.

3

3

Courteau : war damage

1918

3

4

Cote D'Azur

n.d.

3

5

Dijon.

n.d.

3

6

Domremy: birthplace of Joan of Arc

1918, n.d.

3

7

Frebecourt

n.d.

3

8

Grasse

n.d.

3

9

Grenoble

n.f.

3

10

Langres

n.d.

3

11

La Turbie

n.d.

3

12

La Varenne - Saint Hilaire

n.d.

3

13

Lepine

n.d.

3

14

Les Gorges de Loup

1919, n.d.

3

15

Lille

n.d.

3

16

Marne River-Le Pont de Chennevieres

n.d.

3

17

Marseille

n.d.

3

18

Menton: includes Le Pont Saint-Louis, French -Italian frontier

1919, n.d.

3

19

Metz: marked December 6

1918, n.d.

3

20

Metz: this group of cards was sent by Gilkey to his mother in Oakland, California, with a note and some comments on the cards

1918, n.d.

3

21

Nancy

1918-1919, n.d.

4

1

Nancy

1918-1919, n.d.

4

2

Nantes

n.d.

4

3

Neuchateau

n.d.

4

4

Nice

n.d.

4

5

Orleans

n.d.

4

6

Paris

n.d.

4

7

Paris: monuments and statues

n.d.

4

8

Paris: Musee de Cluny - views of chastity belts

n.d.

4

9

Paris: Musee de Louvre

n.d.

4

10

Paris: Musee de Luxembourg

n.d.

4

11

Paris: war damage to L'Eglise Saint Gervais

1918

4

12

Reims: includes cathedral war damage

1914-1916, n.d.

4

13

Roquebrune

n.d.

4

14

Saint-Nazaire

n.d.

4

15

Soissons

n.d.

4

16

Toul cathedral: oversize card (5.5 x 7.75)

n.d.

4

17

Toul

1918-1919, n.d.

5

1

Toul

1918-1919, n.d.

5

2

Vaux: war damage

1918

5

3

Verdun : includes war damage

n.d.

5

4

Versailles

n.d.

5

5

Italy: Ponte San Luigi: French /Italian frontier. See also Menton for view from French side. Note on back dated 6/11/1919

1919

5

6

Luxemburg

n.d.

5

7

Luxemburg: Entry of American Troops, November 21

1918

5

8

Luxemburg: La Rochette (castle)

n.d.

5

9

Luxemburg: Vianden (castle)

n.d.

5

10

Monaco

n.d.

5

11

Monaco: Monte Carlo

1919. n.d.

5

12

Monaco: Monte Carlo - includes casino and game rules

n.d.

5

13

Switzerland: Chemin de Fer Martigny - Chatelard (train)

1919

 

Description of series

Series 3

Photographs

n.d.

extent:

1 linear ft.

description:

This series contains photographs primarily of trenches and other earthworks. The numbers Gilkey assigned to these photographs, as well as his descriptions of what is pictured, are included below. All photographs are black and white and 5x7 inches.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

6

1

No.1: Apremont - Fieldwache (outpost)

n.d.

6

2

No.2: Apremont - cellar in fieldwache

n.d.

6

3

No.3: Apremont - Company P.C.

n.d.

6

4

No.4: Apremont (Crossroads) - Blockhaus

n.d.

6

5

No.5: Apremont (Crossroads)

n.d.

6

6

No.6: Apremont. Battalion Camp (Juralager)

n.d.

6

7

No.7: Apremont - Juralager

n.d.

6

8

No.8: Apremont - Battalion Camp (Juralager)

n.d.

6

9

No.9: Apremont - Battalion Camp (Juralager)

n.d.

6

10

No.10: Bois d'Cully - Blockhaus

n.d.

6

11

No.11: Bois d'Cully - Nerbandstelle (Dressing Station)

n.d.

6

12

No.12: Bois d'Cully - Nerbandstelle (Dressing Station)

n.d.

6

13

No.13: W. Apremont - heavy minenwerfer emplacement

n.d.

6

14

No.14: Apremont - loop holed pill box

n.d.

6

15

No.15: W. Apremont - heavy machinegun emplacement in front line trench

n.d.

6

16

No.16: W. Apremont - "Schnelldralit " (wired front line trench)

n.d.

6

17

No.17: W. Apremont - wired communication trench

n.d.

6

18

No.18: W. Apremont - front line trench

n.d.

6

19

No.19: W. Apremont - wired and blocked front line trench

n.d.

6

20

No.20: Apremont - outpost of K-T-K

n.d.

6

21

No.21: Apremont - K-T-K (Post of Command)

n.d.

6

22

No.22: K-T-K (bat. headquarters)

n.d.

6

23

No.23: Apremont - K-T-K (bat. headquarters)

n.d.

6

24

No.24: W. Apremont - K-T-K (bat. commander)

n.d.

6

25

No.25: Apremont - shelter in K-T-K

n.d.

6

26

No.26: W. Apremont - low wire in front of K-T-K

n.d.

6

27

No.27: W. Apremont - trip wire

n.d.

6

28

No.28: Chicane in wire with knife rest obstacle

n.d.

6

29

No.29: Apremont - Battalian P.C. observation post (camouflaged with chicken wire)

n.d.

6

30

No.30: W. Apremont - Light minewerfer emplacement

n.d.

6

31

No.31: Apremont - anti-aircraft machine gun (Fliegerfahl)

n.d.

6

32

No.32: Apremont. wired gate in communication trench

n.d.

6

33

No.33: Apremont - wired gate in communication trench

n.d.

6

34

No.34: Apremont - secondary trench

n.d.

6

35

No.35: W. Apremont - zweite line (second line of first position)

n.d.

6

36

No.36: W. Apremont - dugout and machine gun emplacement

n.d.

6

37

No.37: W. Apremont - dugout and machine gun emplacement

n.d.

6

38

No.38: W. Apremont - direct hit on dugout (front line)

n.d.

6

39

No.39: W. Apremont - blocked front trench

n.d.

6

40

No.40: W. Apremont - masonry front line (French line opposite)

n.d.

6

41

No.41: W. Apremont - cemented trench

n.d.

6

42

No.42: Apremont - blocked and wired front line trench

n.d.

6

43

No.43: Apremont - front line trench

n.d.

6

44

No.44: W. Apremont - front line trench (Note niches and knife-rests)

n.d.

6

45

No.45: Apremont - pill box with loop hole (Front line trench)

n.d.

6

46

No.46: W. Apremont - wired front line trench

n.d.

6

47

No.47: Apremont - sniper's post (front line trench)

n.d.

6

48

No.48: Apremont - front line trench

n.d.

6

49

No.49: Apremont - No Man's Land (allied line [wire] visible)

n.d.

6

50

No.50: W. Apremont - sniper's shield in front line trench

n.d.

7

1

No.51: W. Apremont - pill box in construction in communication trench

n.d.

7

2

No.52: W. Apremont. Abandoned pill box (front line)

n.d.

7

3

No.53: S. Charey. Shooting range for machine gun practice

n.d.

7

4

No.54: S. Charey - shooting range for machine gun practice

n.d.

7

5

No.55: W. Charey - hindenberg line (front line wire)

n.d.

7

6

No.56: S. Dommartin - showing first line wire behind line of tank mines

n.d.

7

7

No.57: Charey: Hindenberg Line (First line wire)

n.d.

7

8

No.58: S. Charey: dugout in construction

n.d.

7

9

No.58: S. Charey: dugout in construction

n.d.

7

10

No.60: W. Mon Plaisir Farm: Hindenburg line (First line of wire) x 364.5 y 245.8

n.d.

7

11

No.61: S.W. Latour en Woevre - concrete dugout and individual shelter for machine gun

n.d.

7

12

No.62: S.Charey concrete dugouts with machine gun emplacement

n.d.

7

13

No.63: S. Dommartin - Hindenburg Line

n.d.

7

14

No.64: W. Mon Plaisir Farm. Wired concrete dugout. (Machine gun nest)

n.d.

7

15

No.65: W.Mon Plaisir Farm - dugout with machine gun emplacement

n.d.

7

16

No.66: W. Mon Plaisir Farm - concrete dugouts behind first line wire of Hindenburg Line

n.d.

7

17

No.67: W. Mon Plaisir Farm - concrete dugouts behind first line wire of Hindenburg Line

n.d.

7

18

No.68: N. Mon Plaisir Farm. Hindenburg Line (First Line) "Schweineshwanz" (pigtail) wire

n.d.

7

19

No.69: N. Mon Plaisir Farm - dugouts forming strong point behind second line of wire

n.d.

7

20

No.70: Mon Plaisir Farm

n.d.

7

21

No.71: N. Mon Plaisir Farm - cistern forming part of pipe line systems feeding dugouts (Officer Charles H. Davey at left )

n.d.

7

22

No.72: N. Mon Plaisir Farm - cistern forming part of pipe line systems feeding dugouts

n.d.

7

23

No.73: N. Mon Plaisir Farm - gravel dump and concrete mixer feeding systems of Hindenburg Line

n.d.

7

24

No.74: S. St. Julien - dugout in construction

n.d.

7

25

No.75: S. St. Julien - dugout in construction

n.d.

7

26

No.76:.S. St. Julien - blinker(visual signal post) in dugout

n.d.

7

27

No.77: S. St. Julien - small anti aircraft emplacement

n.d.

7

28

No.78: S. Dampvitoux - tank mines

n.d.

7

29

No.79: W. Dampvitoux - concrete dugout with machine gun emplacement

n.d.

7

30

No.80: W. Dampvitoux - first line wire on forward slope and tank mine barrier in front

n.d.

7

31

No.81: N. Dampvitoux - gravel dump for concrete dugout

n.d.

7

32

No.82: W.Dampvitoux - first line wire on forward slope Second line wire on reverse slope

n.d.

7

33

No.83: W. Dampvitoux - wired communications trench

n.d.

7

34

No.84: W. Dampvitoux - trip wire

n.d.

7

35

No.85: N. Dampvitoux - wired strong point

n.d.

7

36

No.86: S. Chambley - large ammunition dump

n.d.

7

37

No.87: S. Chambley - large ammunition dump

n.d.

7

38

No.88: Chambley - ammunition dump

n.d.

7

39

No.89: Chambley - ammunition dump (Shack hit by shell but not exploded)

n.d.

7

40

No.90: Camoflaged stack of ammunition

n.d.

7

41

No.91: Ammunition dump - shed protected by earthworks

n.d.

7

42

No.92: Chambley - ammunition dump

n.d.

7

43

No.93: Chambley - ammunition dump (crater made by direct hit on ammunition shack)

n.d.

7

44

No.94: Chambley - ammunition dump

n.d.

7

45

No.95: Chambley - ammunition dump

n.d.

7

46

No.96 Chambley - shed containing tank mines for tank mine barriers used in front line

n.d.

7

47

No.97: N. Dampvitoux - Battalion P.C. in dugout

n.d.

7

48

No.98: Camoflaged dugout

n.d.

7

49

Rows of barbed wire across a field

n.d.

7

50

Rocky area, barbed wire in background

n.d.

7

51

Ladder leading down into trench

n.d.

7

52

Field with damaged building or building under construction

n.d.

Map Case

C406 D15

Panoramic views of Luxemburg - prints of photographs (oversize)

n.d.

 

Description of series

Series 4

Postcard Souvenir Albums

1914-1918, n.d.

extent:

0.84 linear feet

description:

The series contains purchased postcard souvenir albums, which contain groups of views of a specific location.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

8

1

Les Miserable: stills from film by Pathe Freres.

n.d.

8

2

Belgium: Antwerp, Anvers - Cathedrale d'Anvers

n.d.

8

3-5

Belgium: Antwerp, Anvers

n.d.

8

6-7

Belgium: Bruges

n.d.

8

8

Belgium: Bruges - Hotel Gruuthuse

n.d.

8

9

Bruges war damage

n.d.

8

10

Brussels - Musee Wiertz

n.d.

8

11-12

Brussels - Palais des Beaux- Arts

n.d.

8

13

Brussels: Town Hall

n.d.

8

14

Oostende

n.d.

8

15-17

Oostende: war damage

1914-1918

8

18

Ypres.

n.d.

9

1

Ypres: war damage

1914-1918

9

2-3

Waterloo

n.d.

9

4

Waterloo: "The Battles of June 1815"

n.d.

9

5

Waterloo: "12 Illustrated Postal Cards Explaining the Panorama" (Regarding the Battle of Waterloo)

n.d.

9

6-10

Zeebrugge: war damage

1914-1918

9

11

France: Angers

1918

9

12

France: Arras

n.d.

9

13

France: Brest

n.d.

9

14

France: Cannes

1919

9

15

France: Chaumont

n.d.

9

16-17

France: Chateau-Thierry war damage

1914-1918, n.d.

10

1

France: Cote D'Azur

1919

10

2

France: Digne

1919

10

3

France: Domrem, birthplace of Joan of Arc

n.d.

10

4

France: Gondrecourt

n.d.

10

5

France: Grasse

n.d.

10

6

France: Langres

1919

10

7

France: Lille - includes war damage

n.d.

10

8

France: Metz

1918

10

9

France: Nice

1919

10

11

France: Nice - Souvenir de Nice

1919

10

12

France: Orleans

1919

10

13-16

France: Paris

n.d.

10

17

France: Paris - Musee de Louvre

n.d.

11

1

France: Paris - Musee de Luxembourg

n.d.

11

2

France: Paris - "Pantheon de la Guerre"

1918

11

3-4

France: Marseille

n.d.

11

5

France: Reims war damage

1914

11

6-7

France: St. Mihiel war damage

1914-1918

11

8

France: Soissons war damage

1918

11

9-10

France: Toul

1918-1919, n.d.

11

11

France: Toulouse

1919

11

12

France: Tours

1918

11

13-14

France: Verdun war damage

1914-1918

11

15

France: Versailles et Les Trianons

n.d.

12

1

France: Versailles et Les Trianons: marked January 1919

n.d.

12

2

Germany: Mosel River: "von Trier bis Coblenz"

n.d.

12

3

Italy: "Souvenir d'Italie" contains Grimaldi, San Remo and Ventimiglia

n.d.