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Lytle-Irvin family World War I letters, 1913-1931

By Aaron M. Lisec

Collection Overview

Title: Lytle-Irvin family World War I letters, 1913-1931

Predominant Dates:1917-1919

ID: 1/7/MSS 300

Creator: Irvin, Alma Lytle (1881-1941)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

More than one hundred letters, dating from 1913 to 1931, mostly addressed to Alma Lytle Irvin (1881-1941), oldest child of Thomas J. Lytle of Wayne City, Illinois.  The bulk of the collection consists of letters to Alma from her brothers Otis M. Lytle (1895-1962) and John Brouf Lytle (1893-1962), written while the two served in different hospital units of the United States Navy during World War I.  The letters shed little light on the war or hospital duties, though Otis was stationed during part of 1918-1919 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Brest, France, treating casualties. 

Alma also received letters during the war from other relatives who served in the army, including Ralph Black, a private training at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan; and Paul H. Irvin, a private stationed in France following the armistice.

The collection also includes letters dated 1913 to 1916 from Alma's brother-in-law, Charles Irvin, who homesteaded near Broadview, Montana.  Another group of letters dates from December 1930 and early 1931, following the death in early December of Thomas Lytle.

Biographical Note

Alma Lytle was the oldest of six children born to Thomas J. Lytle (1852-1930) and Araminta B. Rosebough (1860-1905).  Raised in Wayne City, Illinois, she married George Irvin, a hardware store salesman.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted use.

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], Lytle-Irvin family WWI letters, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1913 November-1914 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Letters from Charles Irvin, describing life and crops on his homestead in Montana.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1915 February-1917 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Letters from Charles Irvin, Montana; Thomas J. Lytle, Los Angeles; and Otis M. Lytle, Philadelphia.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1918 January-MarchAdd to your cart.
Otis M. Lytle, Philadelphia.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1918 April-JuneAdd to your cart.
Otis M. Lytle, Philadelphia, New York City; John B. Lytle, Mare Island, California.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1918 August-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Otis M. Lytle, Edinburgh; John B. Lytle, Mare Island, California; Charles R. Black, Camp Custer, Michigan.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1918 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Otis M. Lytle, Edinburgh, London; John B. Lytle, Mare Island, California; Ralph Black, Camp Custer, Michigan.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1919 January-AprilAdd to your cart.
Otis M. Lytle, Brest, France, Bay Ridge, New York; John B. Lytle, Mare Island, California, Boston, New York City; Ralph Black, Camp Custer, Michigan; Paul H. Irvin, France;
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1919 May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Ralph Black, Camp Custer, Michigan; Paul H. Irvin, France; Otis M. Lytle, Denver, Los Angeles; John B. Lytle, New York City, Philadelphia.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1919 July-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
John B. Lytle, New York City, Norfolk, Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina; Otis M. Lytle, Los Angeles; Paul H. Irvin, France (undated).
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1927 October-1931 AprilAdd to your cart.
William and Tena Lytle, Los Angeles; Otis M. and Genevieve Lytle, Kent, Ohio; Selma [?], Chicago; Mabel [?], Decatur, Illinois; fragments.