MsC 453

Manuscript Register



Collection Dates: 1917 -- 1923

(Bulk Dates:1917 to 1919)

1 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet: June 2002



Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Messenger's niece, Mrs. Thomas R. Smith, in April 1986.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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Biographical Note

Thomas William Messenger (1898 -- 1948) of Washington county, Iowa, served as a corporal in various machine gun battalions during World War I. Enlisting in April, 1917, Messenger was shipped from Iowa to Camp Cody, New Mexico. He started with Co. A, 125 Machine Gun Battalion, but was quickly transferred to Co. D, 126 Machine Gun Battalion. Messenger spent over a year in New Mexico before being shipped to France, by way of Fort Dix, New Jersey. In France he served with Co. B, 111 Machine Gun Battalion. He was bitterly disappointed to have missed seeing action by only a few days. His unit arrived just as the armistice was declared.

Scope and Contents


The Thomas W. Messenger papers consist of seventy-five letters written by Messenger to his parents and family between 1917 and 1919. There is also a 1923 letter mentioning him. These items are arranged chronologically.


Box List



1917 (14 items)

January -- May, 1918 (29 items)

June -- December, 1918 (26 items)

1919 and 1923 (7 items)




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