Diaries, Letters, and Related Printed Material, 1917-1919, from Samuel Bloom (1895-1976)
(cross-catalogued within the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection)

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Box 1: War records

Army paybook

Form letters from King George V (facsimile) and General Pershing.

Telegrams on wound (December 12 1918) and arrival in Norfolk (July 24 1919)

Material relating to return to the US on SS Calloa, July 1919.

Forms on Government War Risk Insurance.

Prayerbook for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers (khaki)

Book of Psalms, Jewish (Khaki)

Army Songbook (? Bureau of Libraries, AEF).

Letter and forms from American Jewish Committee, Office of War Records

Jewish Veterans of America membership card 
Photo certificate from WWI attesting to Samuel Bloom's service and the fact that he was wounded.  Size 15 1/2 x 19.
Dog tag that says "Samuel Bloom Pvt. Co. INF. 1899965".
A cluster pin with stars, a female figure, and the word "NANCY".
A round medal with ribbon and bars "St. Mihiel, Meuse - Argonne, Defensive Sector.
A souvenir locket with five Monte Carlo pictures inside.

Box 2: Diary and memoirs, 1917-1919.

Diary, 1917: in Lawyer’s Diary 1914 (red cloth binding).

MS Summary of war experience with dates (6 pp.)

MS War memoirs (100 pp. plus).  

Box 3: Correspondence, I

55 letters and 44 postcards from Samuel Bloom to his family, April 1918-July 1919. 

For a digital image from Bloom's letter on the Armistice, November 11, 1918.

Box 4: Correspondence, II

33 Letters to Samuel Bloom from Hyman Bloom and the Bloom family, 1918-1919:

32 typed letters sent by Hyman Bloom

1 handwritten letter (February 3, 1919) from Morris Bloom. 

Box 5: Correspondence III

26 Letters and 5 postcards to Samuel Bloom from other friends, 1918-1919.

Correspondents include: Joe Baron, Max Fidler, Benjamin (Bennie) Glassberg, W. A. Gluckerman, Isidore Heller, J. Jospe, Ira B. Levine, B. Milhaus, Nathan Rivkind, Abe Speel, Joe Tropp, Philip Wasserman. 

Box 6: American School Detachment, Montpellier, I

Documents, programs, guidebooks, etc. from American School Detachment, University of Montpellier, March-June 1919, including:

Orders for detachment to study (February 25, 1919)

Diploma (June 30, 1919)

Brochure on course offerings for foreign students, 1919-1920 (2 copies)

Brochure about the American School Detachment.

Program for concert by the ASD Student Players (May 31, 1919)

Annuaire de l’Universite et Livret de L’Etudiant (Annee Scolaire 1917-1918)

ASD Student Excursion Ticket

Program for Reception for the American Students (1919; 42 pp., wrappers)

Map, postcards, book of souvenir postcards 

Box 7: American School Detachment, Montpellier, II

Student publications from American School Detachment, University of Montpellier, 1919:

The Mistral, Published by the American Students at The University of Montpellier (yearbook)

Seven issues of The Soldier-Student, the Official Organ of the American Students at the University of Montpellier (weekly newspaper):  Vol. 1, no. 1 (March 22, 1919); no. 2 (March 29, 1919); no. 5 (April 19, 1919); no. 8 (May 10, 1919); no. 9 (May 17, 1919); no. 10 (May 24, 1919); no. 12 (June 7, 1919). 

Box 8: Pamphlets, I:

A. 10 Guidebooks and Souvenir Booklets for Paris, including:

Paris for Englishmen and Americans (Galeries Lafayette)

Paris in a Week (Hachette)

Le Pantheon de la Guerre

B. 3 Guides to Spoken French

C. 8 Pamphlets on War Aims, etc., including:

Van Viorst, France Our Ally (YMCA 1918)

Bougle, Qu’est-ce que Le Bolshevisme (Paris: n.d. [1919]).  

Box 9: Pamphlets, II

20 Guidebooks and Souvenir Booklets (other cities)

Guides include: Arles, Cette, Cote-d’Azur, Langres, Marseille, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Nice, Reims, Saint-Nazaire.

War-related items include:

Chateau-Thierry: La Guerre 1914-1918

Dijon (YMCA 1918)

Nimes Leave-Area American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919

Saint-Mihiel Repris par les Americains aux Allemands 

Box 10: Maps and Photographs

Note: photos are in poor condition and should not be handled without prior clearance.

Map of trenches (blue mimeo)

Photo of Company L, 325th Infantry (Camp Upton, after return in 1919: Bloom not in photo).

Group photo of members of the Army School Detachment, Montpelier.

Photo of troops massed on decks of troop ship.  
Three (3) 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 photos of Samuel Bloom in uniform - some kind of postcard form.  One has writing on the back.
One photo of Samuel Bloom and friend - postcard form with writing on the back.  Also 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.
Four (4) photos approx. 2 3/4 x 3 3/4.  Sam may be in one or two.
One photo approx. 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 of Samuel Bloom and 3 others on a beach.   Writing on the back.
Three (3) photos approx. 3 1/2 x 5 - Various soldiers.
One photo 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 of two soldiers.

Box 11: Miscellaneous

Propaganda Souvenirs: Village before and after German Occupation

Foldout of German and French

Garcon d’ hotel Boche (2 copies)

Embroidered cards

Card about Roulette from Monte Carlo

104 Postcards, chiefly of France, without inscriptions (duplicating some in Box 3 sent to family)

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