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John “Jack” Eckert Scrapbooks

Identifier: M583

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a large scrapbook organized by Col. John P. Eckert that narrates his experiences from roughly 1915-1930. The scrapbook includes photographs, certificates, maps, correspondence, and military documents pertaining to Eckert’s military roles throughout World War I and into the 1920s. Two manuscripts that further detail Eckert’s military experience, as well as highlight other members of the Eckert family, are also included.


  • circa 1915-1930
  • circa 1941-1942
  • circa 1949-1970


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

John P. “Jack” Eckert was born June 25, 1894 in the District of Columbia to John A. and Catherine Elizabeth (Heitzhaus) Eckert. The Eckert family has a history of military service, and Jack’s father served in the 65th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in his youth. John A. Eckert was a banker and president of the Columbia Planograph Company in Washington, D.C. Jack had several siblings, including Norman, Esther, Arthur, Milton, and Kay. Col. Norman J. Eckert served in World War I, World War II, and Korea, and many of the Eckert grandchildren and great-grandchildren have completed tours in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

After studying biology at the Catholic University of America, Jack served as Second Lieutenant, 16th Field Artillery Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division during World War I. He served in the European Theater under Gen. John J. Pershing in the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) and was stationed in France and Germany from May 1918 to July 1919.

Jack married Louise Smith August 2, 1919 in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of David and Florence (Keeler) Smith. The couple had two children: John Keeler Eckert (1920-1944) and Robert Paulle Eckert (1923-1951). He continued to serve in the military, and he was a Colonel in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II with Gen. Joseph Warren Stilwell. He also served in Korea, where he investigated the troop withdrawal to the Pusan Peninsula. Eckert received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, World War I Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Korean Service Medal, and he also received the Order of Orange Nassau from Holland. He retired to Sarasota, Florida and died May 23, 1966. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


2.25 Cubic Feet (total) : 302A.C3.A2

Language of Materials



The John “Jack” Eckert Scrapbook collection contains materials that relate to Col. John Eckert’s military service in World War I, World War II, and Korea, as well as information on other members of the Eckert family. This collection is particularly of interest to researchers studying American military history in the twentieth century.


The collection is arranged in one 1.25 cubic-foot box.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Richard Eckert on 10 May 2017.

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Case File

Contents from the collection

"New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( 10 February 2018), John Paul Eckert and Louise Smith, 02 Aug 1919; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,370.

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", database with images, FamilySearch ( 24 August 2019), John Prosper Eckert, 1917-1918.

John "Jack" Eckert Scrapbooks
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
28 January 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001