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David Ralston Stief DiaryUPT 50 S925

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Summary Information

Prepared by
J.M. Duffin
Preparation date
1995
Date [inclusive]
1914-1919
Extent
1.0 Items

PROVENANCE

Gift of J. Pennington Straus, A.B. 1932, LL.B. 1935, August 1991.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection consist of one item, a diary.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

David R. Stief attended Haverford College. He served as a private in the Army and worked in the Isolation Division of an Army hospital in France. He was promoted to corporal and served in the office of the surgical division and later, as a sergeant, worked in the office of the registrar of the hospital and the post office. His duties in France also included guard watch at Morhiban and Brest.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The diary, May 18, 1917 – April 22, 1919, is an account of Stief’s service during World War I. Stief intended to relate his war experience in the diary, but because he did not have much combat service, the diary primarily contains candid and colloquial descriptions of the everyday experiences of his life in England and France. There are accounts on the leisure hours of hospital workers in Ally France. Interspersed throughout the text are photographs and caricatures.

Inventory

 

Diary 

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Diary 

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