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Mary B. Kimball World War I Letter

Identifier: M611

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one letter from Mary B. Kimball while she was working as a hospital librarian at Camp Shelby Mississippi.


  • January 5, 1916 (misdated, likely 1919)

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

During World War I, Mary B. Kimball worked as a hospital librarian at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her letter provides insight into daily life at Camp Shelby, camp moral and the weather. Camp Shelby was opened as a base for training National Guard soldiers going to serve in World War I in 1917. Some of the divisions that were trained at Camp Shelby for the war include, the 38th, 3rd,4th, 9th,17th,39th,42nd and 92nd Divisions. Kimball’s letter also includes interactions with soldiers based at Camp Shelby.


1 Folder (2 pages)

Language of Materials



Letter written to Mary B. Kimball by a hospital librarian at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.


The letter is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Mary B. Kimball World War I Letter, M611, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.


Donated by the Minnesota Historical Society via Ms. Lynne Leitte. Received February 25, 2002.

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• Case File

• Contents from the collection

For more sources, see: External Documents link at bottom of page.

Mary B. Kimball World War I Letter
Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda Abulawi
19 June 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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