Klekowski, Edward J.

Ed and Libby Klekowski World War I Postcard Collection

1917-1919
1 box 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1029
Image of American soldier creeping through barbed wire with grenades
American soldier creeping through barbed wire with grenades

A professor of Biology at UMass Amherst with and interest in the mangrove ecosystems of the Caribbean and the deep water environments of the Connecticut River, Ed Klekowski has become well known as a videographer and writer. He has produced documentary for PBS station WGBY on the Quabbin reservoir and the great flood on the Connecticut River in 1936, and on the Yankee Division during the First World War. He and his wife Libby have co-written two books on the First World War, Eyewitness to the Great War (McFarland Press, 2012) and Americans in Occupied Belgium (McFarland Press, 2014).

This small collection of postcards consists primarily of images of American military involvement during the First World War. The scenes depicted range from the first contingent of American soldiers to arrive in 1917 to gas attacks, tanks, and American soldiers and Marines in the trenches and combat during the summer and fall 1918. Among the more unusual form postcards are two cartoon images intended for use by soldiers on their return home, one each from the Knights of Columbus and the Jewish Welfare Board. The postcards were collected by the Klekowskis during preparations for their documentary on the Yankee Division.

Background on Ed and Libby Klekowski

A professor of Biology at UMass Amherst with and interest in the mangrove ecosystems of the Caribbean and the deep water environments of the Connecticut River, Ed Klekowski has become well known as a videographer and writer. He has produced documentary for PBS station WGBY on the Quabbin reservoir and the great flood on the Connecticut River in 1936, and on the Yankee Division during the First World War. He and his wife Libby have co-written two books on the First World War, Eyewitness to the Great War (McFarland Press, 2012) and Americans in Occupied Belgium (McFarland Press, 2014).

Contents of Collection

This small collection of postcards consists primarily of images of American military involvement during the First World War. The scenes depicted range from the first contingent of American soldiers to arrive in 1917 to gas attacks, tanks, and American soldiers and Marines in the trenches and combat during the summer and fall 1918. Among the more unusual form postcards are two cartoon images intended for use by soldiers on their return home, one each from the Knights of Columbus and the Jewish Welfare Board. The postcards were collected by the Klekowskis during preparations for their documentary on the Yankee Division.

Most of the postcards in this collection were issued as part of a series from the Chicago Daily News, “From Battlefields of France: War correspondents’ photos.” The collection includes an illustrated envelope used to send sets of postcards.

Collection inventory

American advance, wounded and dying Germans spread along the road, Belleau Wood, France. Chicago : Chicago Daily News
1918
Half-tone postcard
Barbed wire cut, Americans creeping on the Germans with hand grenades, France. Chicago : Chicago Daily News
1918
Half-tone postcard
1918
Half-tone postcard
Giving the Germans gas, French officers, American infantry, France. Chicago : Chicago Daily News
1918
Half-tone postcard
Salvation Army making doughnuts under bombardment of German guns, front line, France. Chicago : Chicago Daily News
1918
Half-tone postcard

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English

Provenance

Gift of Ed and Libby Klekowski, Nov. 2011 (2011-150).

Digitized content

The postcards have been digitized and may be viewed online through SCUA’s digital repository, Credo.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Feb. 2018.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Ed and Libby Klekowski World War I Postcard Collection (MS 1029). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Gift of Ed and Libby Klekowski, Nov. 2017.

Subjects

  • Belleau Wood, Battle of, France, 1918--Photographs
  • Chemical warfare--France--Photographs
  • France--Photographs
  • Soldiers--United States--Photographs
  • Tanks--United States--Photographs
  • Trenches--France--Photographs
  • World War, 1914-1918--Photographs

Types of material

  • Postcards

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