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Wiley Ainsworth World War I Letters

 Collection
Identifier: M426

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Wiley Ainsworth to Celia Tullos during his service in World War I. His letters discuss camp life, the devastation he witnessed in France, the beauty of the French countryside, and his homesickness. Also in the collection is a research paper written by history student, Robert Magee, documenting Ainsworth's experiences through his letters. In addition, there are photographs of Wiley and Celia Ainsworth. This collection would be of interest to researchers of World War I.

Dates

  • 1918-1919

Creator

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

Wiley Peter Ainsworth was born on February 9, 1893, in Jasper County, Mississippi. During his youth, his family moved to the Goodwater Community in Simpson County. Shortly thereafter, he went to work on Mr. David Tullos' cattle farm, and it was there that he met his future wife, Miss Celia Tullos.

Ainsworth enlisted in the Army in May 1918 and trained at Camp Pike, Arkansas, where he was assigned to Company A, 346th Infantry. On September 3, 1918, he arrived in Le Mans, France, and was assigned to a new unit -- the 329th Infantry, Headquarters Company. In October, 1918, he was reassigned to the 28th Division, 112th Infantry, Headquarters Company. In a letter written during the occupation of 1919, Ainsworth divulged that he had seen action at the Front.

He was discharged from the army in the spring of 1919, and he married Miss Celia Tullos soon thereafter. Two daughters, Sadie and Lucia, were born of the union. Ainsworth acquired more than 300 acres of farmland in Simpson County, and spent the remainder of his life as a farmer and lumberjack. He died in 1961.

Extent

0.25 Cubic Feet : MC1/D7

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Wiley Ainsworth to Celia Tullos during his service in World War I. Also in the collection is a research paper written by history student, Robert Magee, documenting Ainsworth's experiences through his letters. In addition, there are photographs of Wiley and Celia Ainsworth.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection were donated by Robert Magee in 2000 and 2001.

Related Materials

M425 Pvt. James H. Little WWI Memory Book

AM97-27 Rufus M. and Carolyn M. Smith WWI Collection

Photograph Log

M426-1 Wiley Ainsworth 5 x 7 BW circa 1918-1919 (Box 1, Folder 9) M426-2 Celia Tullos Ainsworth 5 x 7 BW circa 1918-1919 (Box 1, Folder 9)
Title
Wiley Ainsworth World War I Letters
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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