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Arnold W. MacKerer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3456

This collection houses personal papers and memorabilia documenting Arnold W. MacKerer's service with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Among these items are letters, MacKerer's pay record, materials from a class on gas warfare (including textbooks, notes, and an exam), excerpts from such newspapers as the Schweizer Zeitung and the Stars and Stripes, a map of France, a copy of the New Testament issued by the U.S. Army, two uniform patches, and two embossed uniform buttons.

Dates

  • 1917 June 27-1919 February 20

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses personal papers and memorabilia documenting Arnold W. MacKerer's service with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Among these items are letters, MacKerer's pay record, materials from a class on gas warfare (including textbooks, notes, and an exam), excerpts from such newspapers as the Schweizer Zeitung and the Stars and Stripes, a map of France, a copy of the New Testament issued by the U.S. Army, two uniform patches, and two embossed uniform buttons.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arnold William MacKerer was born in New York City on June 25, 1895. He intended to go to France as part of the American Volunteer Motor Ambulance Corps in June of 1917 and was drafted into Company E of the 302nd Transport of the Army Motor Transport Service in September of the same year. He survived the war and returned to the United States, where he married Dorothy A. Purdy on July 8, 1922. The couple had at least three sons: Arnold William (1924-1944), Don (1924-), and Peter. Arnold MacKerer worked as Chris Craft's Chief Architect from 1922 to 1965 and died on November 26, 1973 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Arrangement

This collection consists of three boxes.

Acquisition Note

Donald S. MacKerer donated these papers to the Center for the Study of War and Society on September 14, 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480