MS 605
Harold French Davidson
Papers, 1917-1925

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

Descriptive summary   |  Administrative information  |  Biographical/Historical note
Collection description  |  Organization  |  Description of series/container list


Descriptive summary


Harold French Davidson




1917-1925, n.d.


0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)

collection number:

MS 605


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Harold French Davidson Papers, MS 605, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Harold French Davidson was born in Massachusetts in 1889. The son of Iowa native W. H. and his wife, Olive, Davidson grew to become a chemist, eventually leaving his parents and Eagle Grove, Iowa, to serve in this capacity for the U.S. Army.

Arriving at Camp Dodge, Iowa, in September 1917, Davidson was soon asked to work with the medical detachment of the regiment and became instrumental in their struggle against the influenza epidemic. 

In October 1918, Davidson was promoted to staff sergeant and transferred to Cleveland, Ohio to serve the Development Division of the Chemical Warfare Service.


Collection description

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Davidson to his mother during World War I.  The letters are initially written from Camp Dodge, Iowa, where he was a part of the medical detachment, but then shift to Cleveland, Ohio in October 1918 when he was transferred to the Development Division of the Chemical Warfare Service.

Also included is a photo of Davidson in his WWI uniform with a newspaper clipping relating to his activities at Camp Dodge and his transfer attached to the back. There is also a staff sergeant badge that features the chemical warfare service insignia.  In addition, the collection contains the September 21, 1917 issue of the Camp Dodger newspaper and a 1925 letter sent to Davidson's parents from the Clarence V. Schurtz Post #304 thanking them for the portrait of Schurtz Mrs. Davidson had painted and donated.


Container list

Box Folder Title Dates
1 1 Camp Dodge letters 1917-1918, n.d.
1 2 Development Division, Chemical Warfare Service letters 1918, n.d.
1 3 Clarence V. Schurtz Post #304 letter 1925
1 4 World War I badge, photo/clipping ca. 1918
1 5 Photocopy of Camp Dodger newspaper September 21 1917
MAP CASE Camp Dodger newspaper (oversize), September 21 1917


Iowa State University Library, Ames, IA 50011
Revised: 10 August 2005.