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About the Collection

This collection was created as an exercise in collecting the memories and experiences of the men and women of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (OAMC) who served in World War I. The project was organized by Maude Cass, the editor of the 1919 Redskin (the college yearbook), Professor Maroney of the Department of History, Margaret Walters, Librarian, and OAMC President J.W. Cantwell. A letter and a survey was sent out to each person who served in the War to gather information about their war experience. A copy of the letter that was sent out can be seen here.

Men and women of OAMC who had served in World War I were sent a survey which asked them the following questions:

  • Full name?
  • When entered Military service?
  • Where entered Military service?
  • When discharged?
  • Camps attended and length of time at each?
  • Overseas?
  • Military rank and promotions?
  • Branches of service?
  • Wounded?  Where? When?
  • Prisoner? Where? When?
  • Decorated?
  • Death--When? Where? Cause of death? (To be filled in by relatives)
  • When at A & M?
  • If you went overseas, give a condensed account of personal part performed. Incidents, dangers, wounds, observations and experiences will be of interest. Give a starightforward account of the story.
  • Historical data, such as published accounts, relics, portraits of self, pictures which tell a story of yourself, etc., should be attached or sent.
  • Personal interpretations, impressions and conclusions on the war.

Surveys were returned, often with photographs of the soldier, which were provided by either the family or the soldier himself. In some cases, family members or soldiers wrote letters in addition to or in lieu of the survey; in some cases, the survey was filled out by the family rather than the soldier. Once the surveys were returned, Cass and the Redskin staff compiled the 1919 Redskin, including names, ranks, and branches of service for each man.

In total, there were 1,109 men and women from OAMC who fought in the War. There were an additional 332 men who were enrolled in OAMC's Student Army Training Corps during the War, bringing the total number of students and alumni involved in the War to 1,441. Of those 1,441 men and women, 28 died in service. A full list of the men and women who served can be found by clicking the Students in Service tab in the sidebar.

This digital collection contains over 400 surveys that were returned to OAMC in 1919. Included in this collection are photographs, letters, and newsclippings that were sent in with the surveys. 

The materials in this collection, except where noted, come from the President's Papers collection held in the Archives department of Oklahoma State University Libraries.

More Information

If you would like more information on World War I, you can learn more 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 John Hayes White's material. White, an Oklahoma native, was a member of the Second Engineers, and served during World War I. His collection includes photographs, letters, and booklets.