Gerald D. Lovelace World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: Consists of one diary, 47 pp., single-spaced, typed and handwritten on 6 x 9.5 inch ruled paper. Diary begins July 25, 1917, with call-up to service in Chicago; covers train trip from Chicago to Camp Logan near Houston, Texas, September 7-10, 1917; and describes life at Camp Logan from September 11, 1917, to October 27, 1918. Entries detail camp routine, discipline, promotion, and various army chores; social life for servicemen in Houston; Lovelace's finances; entry into the Masonic order; and weather in south Texas, among other daily subjects. Also includes two small photographs of Lovelace and a pilot's medical certificate dated 1947, listing Lovelace as a Florida resident.