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Edward H. Imberger World War I papers


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Predominant Dates:1917-1918

ID: 1/7/MSS 299

Primary Creator: Imberger, Edward H. (1886-1970)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by type of material.

Subjects: Chateau-Thierry, Battle of, Chateau-Thierry, France, 1918., Imberger, Edward H., 1886-1970., Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919., Military hospitals., United States. Army. Field Hospital, 101st, World War, 1914-1918 - Hospitals

Forms of Material: Diaries., Ephemera., World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, American

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

One pocket diary, 2.5 by 5 inches, 93 pp., compiled by Sergeant First Class Edward H. Imberger, 101st Field Hospital, 26th "Yankee" Division (comprised of New England soldiers), during World War I.  Diary spans July 1917 to April 1919.  Entries describe seasickness during the crossing to France in September 1917, after which Imberger developed pneumonia and underwent an operation and convalescence.  Back with his unit, Imberger chronicled the frequent movements of the field hospital, following the American army before and during its engagements beginning in July 1918 at Chateau-Thierry, through to the Armistice in November 1918 and the effects of the influenza epidemic that continued after hostilities ceased.  Details include the number of cases seen at each location, names of soldiers who died in the hospital, transport from one location to the next, and brief accounts of aerial and artillery combat witnessed.

Three typed letters (two dated August 1917, one undated) from Edward H. Imberger to his wife, Estella D. Hahn; one letter from daughter Wilhelmina dated April 1918.  Unidentified newspaper clipping containing [June 1918] letter from Imberger to his parents, describing duties and daily life behind the front lines in France.  Typed verse addressed to First Sergeant.  Typed passes and orders.  Two French ticket stubs, possibly for train travel between Paris and La Ferte-sous-Jouarre.

One photograph in glass frame, presumably of Imberger; small inset photograph of Imberger with family.

One copy "Drill Regulations and Service Manual for Sanitary Troops" (United States Army, 1914).  One copy Feldgefangbuch of biblical verse for German soldiers (Berlin, 1897), marked "Taken from German Prisoner Sept 1918."

One button from German army uniform, decorated with Imperial Eagle bearing the initials FR (Fredericus Rex), marked "Extra Fein EAQ" on the back.  One German pfennig, 1901.  Four Massachusetts Volunteer Militia marksman medals with service bars for the years 1904-1909, 1911.

One Blue Star Service Flag, 15 by 30 inches, red border, white field, blue star.

Biographical Note

Edward H. Imberger was a cadet in his Boston high school, enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard in 1904, and served until drafted into the United States Army in 1917.  He is listed as a painter in the 1920 census and in Boston city directories as late as 1940.

Subject/Index Terms

Chateau-Thierry, Battle of, Chateau-Thierry, France, 1918.
Imberger, Edward H., 1886-1970.
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919.
Military hospitals.
United States. Army. Field Hospital, 101st
World War, 1914-1918 - Hospitals

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], Edward H. Imberger World War I collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 1: Letters, Documents, 1917-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pocket diary, 1917 July-1919 AprilAdd to your cart.
93 pp.
Folder 3: United States Army drill book; German book of biblical verses for soldiers, 1914 and 1897Add to your cart.
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Folder 5: Medals; German 1901 penny; uniform button; leather walletAdd to your cart.

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