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Guide to the Forrest W. Bassett Collection

Letters of Forrest W. Bassett (Company A, 6th Field Battalion, U.S. Signal Corps), while in training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1917-1918


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Creator:Bassett, Forrest W., b. 1897
Title:Letters of Forrest W. Bassett (Company A, 6th Field Battalion, U.S. Signal Corps), while in training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Dates:1917-1918
Quantity:.5 linear foot (1 box)
Abstract:This collection consists of eighty-one letters and two postcards written from July 1917 to May 1918 by U.S. Army Signal Corpsman Forrest W. Bassett of Beloit, Wisconsin, while stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Most of Bassett's letters are to Ava Marie Shaw of Beloit, to whom he writes of his affection and of his drills and training for World War I military service as a radio operator.

Call Number:

RH MS 612

Repository:University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
Kansas Collection
1450 Poplar Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
Phone: (785)864-4334
Fax: (785)864-5803
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2005.
Finding aid encoded by mh, 2005.


BIOGRAPHY of Forrest W. Bassett.

Forrest W. Bassett was born at Beloit (Rock County), Wisconsin on December 21, 1897 to Daniel F. and Ida V. Bassett. On July 20, 1917, he was sworn into military service at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri. Soon after, he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for training as a radio operator in Company A of the U. S. Signal Corps' 6th Field Battalion. In late May of 1918, Bassett was posted to Camp Wadsworth at Spartanburg, South Carolina, awaiting overseas transfer for World War I military duty.


SCOPE and CONTENTS

These eighty-one letters and two postcards, written by U.S. Signal Corpsman Forrest W. Bassett while stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, are dated July 1917 to May 1918. Most of Bassett's letters (all addressed to his home town of Beloit, Wisconsin) are written to fifteen-year-old Ava Marie Shaw, but also include letters to Blanche (Mrs. A. L.) Poquette and three letters to Bassett's mother. Bassett writes of his affection for Miss Shaw, and also of his military drills and activities at Fort Leavenworth while in training for World War I military service as a radio operator. Postmarked envelopes accompany most of the letters. Accompanying one letter is a photograph by Bassett of fellow soldiers on horseback.

Letter arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

No access restrictions.


INDEX TERMS

Names:

Bassett, Forrest W., b. 1897.

Subjects:

Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)-- Description and travel.
United States. Army. Field Signal Battalion, 6th. Company A.
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Forrest W. Bassett Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 612, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 1996


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION