Guide to the Roy E. Thompson Papers 1905-1948
Cage 776

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Thompson, Roy Evans
Title
Roy E. Thompson Papers
ID
Cage 776
Date [inclusive]
1905-1948
Extent
1.0 box plus oversized
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists primarily of materials related to Roy Thompson's service in the U.S. Army during World War I. It includes his letters home to his family, diaries, papers related to military service, and photographs. In addition, the collection includes two patents issued to Thompson, and papers related to his education, particularly his academic career at the State College of Washington.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Roy E. Thompson papers, 1905-1948

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Roy Evans Thompson was born at Albion, WA in 1896, and grew up there on his family's farm. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1917, and served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France. While there, he was seriously injured in a railway accident, and his right foot was amputated. After returning home from the war, he enrolled at the State College of Washington, where he earned a diploma from the Department of Elementary Science in 1921, and bachelor's degrees in education and mechanical engineering in 1925.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists primarily of materials related to Roy Thompson's service in the U.S. Army during World War I. It includes his letters home to his family, diaries, papers related to military service, and photographs. In addition, the collection includes two patents issued to Thompson, and papers related to his education, particularly his academic career at the State College of Washington.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2012

http://www.wsulibs.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 may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Dale Thompson, son of Roy E. Thompson and compiler of the book Dear Homefolks: A Doughboy's Letters and Diaries (Berkeley, CA: Regent Press, 2009), donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2012. Cheryl Gunselman processed it in the same year.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.

Personal Name(s)

  • Thompson, Roy Evans, 1896-1978--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Military
  • Soldiers--Washington (State)
  • World War, 1914-1918

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Letters from Roy Thompson to his family 1917-1919 

1 1-5

Diaries (2 items) 1918-1919 

1 6

Postcards from Thompson to his family 1918 

1 7

Photographs of Thompson 1917-1925 

1 8

Military service documents (some reproductions) 1918-1920 

1 9

German propaganda leaflet (in English and French) dropped behind the Allied lines October 1918 

1 10

Preparatory course papers, State College of Washington (mainly brief essays) 1921 

1 11-12

Diplomas, State College of Washington 1925 

1 13

Patents (2,427,168, issued to Thompson and John K. Morris, and 2,447,439, issued to Thompson) 1918-1919 

1 14

Stars and Stripes (5 issues) 1918-1919 

O/S 15

Certificates and diplomas 1905-1921 

O/S 16

Photographs Thompson family: Pair of panoramas showing construction of barracks at Camp Lewis, WA. Photograph of Aix les Bains, France, with a note by Thompson describing climbing a mountain show in the image 1917-1918 

O/S 17