Guide to the Alfred S. Coumbe Collection 1917-1924
Cage 725

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Coumbe, Alfred Sidney
Title
Alfred S. Coumbe Collection
ID
Cage 725
Date [inclusive]
1917-1924
Extent
5.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
6 linear feet of shelf space
Location note
Boxes 2-5 are stored in Holland Library 428 (W4:7:1-2).
Language
English
Abstract
Collection of materials related to Alfred S. Coumbe during his World War I service in the U.S. Navy. Includes diaries, a photograph album, loose photographs, artifacts (uniforms and other textile items), and a few miscellaneous items.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Alfred S. Coumbe Collection, 1917-1924

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Alfred Sidney Coumbe, who often went by Sidney, was born in Michigan in about 1895. The family moved to northern Idaho, likely Kootenai or Post Falls, circa 1900-1901. In January of 1917, just prior to the United States' involvement in World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the USS Saratoga (renamed the USS Rochester in Dec. 1917) as an electrician. In October of 1919 he was reassigned to the USS Bridgeport, and remained there until he left the military in June of 1920. Following the war he returned to his childhood home of Ironwood, MI, and stayed there, working at the Pabst powerhouse until his 1947 death. .

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes papers and artifacts related to Alfred S. Coumbe during his World War I service in the U.S. Navy. It includes diaries, a photograph album, loose photographs, uniforms and other textile items, and a few miscellaneous items.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1. Papers, 1919-1924

Series 2. Artifacts (textile items), circa 1917-1919

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2014

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The WSU Libraries purchased this collection from dealer Charles Apfelbaum in 2008 (MS.2008.05).

Processing Information note

Cheryl Gunselman processed the collection in 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- Navy -- History -- World War, 1914-1918

Personal Name(s)

  • Coumbe, Alfred S. -- Archives --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Diaries -- Specimens
  • Military
  • Military uniforms -- Specimens
  • Sailors -- United States -- Archives

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Papers, 1919-1924 

Box

Diaries 1917-1919 

1

Photograph album 1919 

1

Miscellaneous items 1919-1924 

1

Photographs, including images of Coumbe's family, the USS Bridgeport (1919), and the first anniversary ball for the crew of the USS Rochester, (1918) 1918-1919 

Oversize (folder)

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Series 2. Artifacts (textile items), circa 1917-1919 

Box

Naval uniform items: wool pants (2), wool tunic 

2

Naval uniform items: cotton tunic, drawers, silk tie, silk scarf 

3

Naval uniform items: spats/leggings. Also felt mat with American flag, and American Legion cap 

4

Naval uniform items: cotton tunic with blue collar and cuffs, white cotton pants 

5

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