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Paul Harvey WWI Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0080

  • Staff Only

This collection includes assorted documents, photographs, and newspapers depicting Paul Harvey's service in the military during World War I, as well his life after his service. The collection is arranged into nine series.

Series I: Correspondence primarily features letters and postcards from Paul Harvey to his sister, J.H. Thompson. Series also includes V-mail to Dorothy Harvey, a get-well card to G.H. Harvey, and various unaddressed postcards.

Series II: Military Documents features special orders from the 356th Infantry, special passes awarded to Harvey, and a certificate of his promotion to Corporal. Also included are handbooks for drill regulations and war workers, as well as a book of the Songs of the Soldiers and Sailors. Series also features a letter from the YMCA outlining Harvey's commitment to this organization.

Series III: Veteran Documents include certificates of disability awards given to Paul Harvey and four records of his enlistment during WWI.

Series IV: War Ration Books include ration cards, stamps and war ration books.

Series V: Documents Written by Harvey includes original documents "The Moose Hunter," "Here and There" with the 89th Division, Armistice Day, and two copies of "Hey Buddy! What Outfit?"

Series VI: Newspapers features various newspaper clippings and a copy of the Picture Press Gravure Section from 1918.

Series VII: Memorial Photographs includes photographs from two veterans' memorials and documents depicting the request that Paul Harvey be included in each memorial.

Series VIII: Books features a copy of My Folks And The Civil War from 1994 and newspaper articles about submitting information for the "My Folks" book series.

Series IX: Other includes a handwritten copy of Paul Harvey's obituary, a plaque featuring an anonymous poem, and a pamphlet of the regimental history of The Fighting Fifth.


  • 1912-1921, 1925-1959, 1977, 1994, 2004, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1914-1921

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0.5 Linear Feet (1 half box)


The Paul Harvey WWI Collection features correspondence, military and veteran documents, war ration books, and original manuscripts written by Harvey, as well as newspapers, memorial photographs, books, and others documenting Harvey's military service and life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Before his enlistment in the Army at the age of 23, Paul Harvey worked on a farm. On September 18, 1917, he was inducted into the 365th Infantry of the 89th Division in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the European theatre, mainly focusing in Germany and France. On June 24, 1918, he was promoted to Corporal within the 356th Infantry HQ. In the European theatre, Harvey served in the Lucy and St. Michiel’s offensives, as well as several other engagements, and was stationed in the Army of Occupation in Germany after the Armistice. During and after his service, Harvey penned several original manuscripts, including “The Moose Hunter,” that dictated aspects of his time in the army.

Harvey was honorably discharged on June 11, 1919. He went on to work at the Doherty Research center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. On June 4, 1921, he was married to Vila May Ray. Paul Harvey died on June 28, 1995 and is memorialized at the Wall of Honor Veterans’ Memorial and the Veterans’ Memorial Garden “Bricks of Remembrance.”

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA