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About the Collection


The collection contains 78 photographs and 13 handwritten letters from White to his sister, Rena Spillman, and his mother, Sarah E. White. Also included is the Christmas Dinner Menu for Company "F," 2nd Battalion U.S. Engineers while they were stationed in the Vancouver Barracks, Washington. There is also a booklet, "The Second Division: Syllabi of the histories of regiments and separate organizations, " which details the formation, mobilization, training, embarkation, service in France, and discharge of the Second Division duing their service in World War I. Finally, the collection includes a leaf that gives the names of men of the Ninth Infantry who received mentions in despatches and other honors during World War I.

Most of the photographs feature the 2nd Division Engineers, of which John Hayes White was a member, and were taken during WWI. The photograph subjects include WWI, the Philippines, Cuba, and portraits of White as a soldier and later, with his wife.

This collection was generously donated to OSU Libraries by White's great-great niece, Barbara Tessman, in December 2011.

To view an inventory of the items in this collection, please click here

More Information

If you would like to see more information on the Second Engineers, this site contains some useful information and photographs. More information on World War I can be found here. In addition, OSU Libraries has a great deal of material related to World War I. You can see our holdings at our catalog by searching for World War, 1914-1918 as a subject search.
OSU Libraries also has a digital collection of questionnaires filled out by OAMC (Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, which is what OSU was called when it was founded) students who served during World War I. This collection may be viewed here.