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Gustav Kirchner papers


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Title: Gustav Kirchner papers, 1909-1940Add to your cart.

ID: 1/7/MSS 227

Primary Creator: Kirchner, Gustav (1889-)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Germany - Armed forces, Kirchner, Gustav, 1889-, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1939-1945

Forms of Material: Artifacts., Correspondence., Kirchner, Gustav, 1889- - Correspondence, Soldiers - Germany - Correspondence

Languages: German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes 119 postcards and letters, all written in German about Kirchner's time in the German army.  The majority of them were written between 1914 and 1918; however there are some from1909, 1910, and the 1920s - 1940s.  The collection also includes 12 pieces of ephemera, including pictures and documents. 

Most of the letters and cards are written to Gustav Kirchner from his parents, his wife, and other relatives.  In the cards, they discuss what is taking place in their everyday lives.  The pictures in the collection are mostly of family, but a few are of military scenes.  Gustav's sister, Kathe, and her children are in most of the family pictures.

Biographical Note

Gustav Kirchner was born on December 15, 1889 in Utenbach in Thuringia, and was a Non-Commissioned Officer in the German army during World War I and World War II.  He was in Infantry Regiment 83, Replacement Company 3, Army Corps 11, and Division 22.  During the 1st World War, Gustav served in Germany, France, Poland, and Belgium. 

After the war, Gustav was a gardener for a time in the 1930s and lived in Luneburg in Lower Saxony.

Subject/Index Terms

Germany - Armed forces
Kirchner, Gustav, 1889-
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Gustav Kirchner papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 1: Correspondence and Ephemera, 1918 March-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence and Ephemera, 1920 March-1948 MarchAdd to your cart.
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