SCOPE AND CONTENT
Title: Swope Family Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1917-1918
Collection number: MSS 0510
Extent: 0.40 linear feet (1 archives box)
Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD
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Swope Family Correspondence, MSS 0510. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Letters (December 1917-November 1918) from Charles Byron Swope to his wife, Gretchen,
written during his tour of duty at Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay.
Also included are letters from family members and friends. The collection is arranged in
two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Swope Family Correspondence contains letters from Charles Byron Swope to his new wife
Gretchen, written from Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, between
December 1917 and November 1918. The letters begin shortly after Swope's induction into
the US Army and end the day before the World War I Armistice was signed on November 11,
1918. Swope wrote about personal and financial matters, the loneliness of his separation
from his wife, his efforts to increase his income as a musician and photographer, and his
dream of owning a farm. His letters also provide insight into everyday life on a
stateside military base during World War I.
The collection also contains letters from Gretchen to Charles, although far fewer in
number; letters from siblings and parents to Gretchen or Charles; and letters from
friends. As a group, these letters relate family news and occasional gossip.
The Swope Family Correspondence is arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2)
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS. The first series is arranged alphabetically by author.