William Pope Anderson World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
One diary, 5.5 by 8 inches, 33 pp., covering the period from September, 1917, to February, 1918. Much of the narrative is written in past tense, describing the author's rejection and eventual acceptance into the military, and his service training engineers at Belvoir, Virginia, and Montgomery, Alabama. Present tense begins on January 26, 1918, when the author boarded a ship for France, and ends on February 4, near landfall. Describes daily life in camp and aboard ship; includes detailed list of contents of steamer trunk taken to France.
Also includes War Department Certificate of Identity, with photograph; and a clipping from the Cincinnati Enquirer, August 11, 1940, concerning Anderson's career as an innovative builder.