Scope and Content

The bulk of the Charles White Whittlesey Collection, 1905-1948 , pertains to Whittlesey's military career: his training at Plattsburgh and Camp Upton, his term of service with the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.), the near loss of his battalion in the Argonne Forest (the event which gave the name of the 'Lost Battalion' to his troops), and his receipt of commendations and medals from various governments and organizations. The few pieces which do not fall within the domain of his military involvement include the diploma he received from Williams College in 1905, and the letter he wrote to his friend, J. Bayard Pruyn, shortly before he committed suicide in 1921. The Collection consists of two series: Whittlesey Papers, and Whittlesey Artifacts.

Series I, Whittlesey Papers, 1905-1948
Broken into the following sub-series:

  1. Newspaper Articles and Other Accounts
  2. Orders, Field Messages and Pigeon Messages
  3. Correspondence
  4. Diplomas, Commendations and Certificates
  5. Photographs
  6. Miscellaneous
  7. Military Papers
  8. Envelopes from Previous Organization

Series II, Whittlesey Artifacts, 1917-1919,
Broken into the following sub-series:

  1. Clothing
  2. Equipment
  3. Medals
  4. Personal Items

Charles White Whittlesey (1884-1921) Collection, 1905-1948

Col. Charles W. Whittlesey, 77th Division, 308th Battalion
Biographical Sketch
Series Descriptions