INVENTORY OF THE HERBERT FOWLER PAPERS, 1898

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University of California, Davis
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INVENTORY OF THE HERBERT FOWLER PAPERS, 1898

MC200

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530) 754-5758
  • Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
Processed and encoded by: Sara Gunasekara
Completed: 2004
©2004 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Herbert Fowler Papers,
Date: 1898
Collection number: MC200
Creator: Fowler, Herbert George, 1873-1960
Extent: 0.2 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: The Herbert Fowler Papers contain twenty-one letters written in 1898 during the time of the Spanish American War. Herbert Fowler wrote fifteen of the letters, the majority of them are to his mother, Francis Carr Fowler. Written from April 30, 1898 to August 11, 1898, they detail the movements of his Company from camps in Springfield, Illinois to Chickamauga, Georgia to Picnic Island in Tampa, Florida and eventually to action in the trenches at Santiago. In the letters he describes the living conditions of the soldiers, the sickness that spread through the camps, his daily schedule, training exercises, the landscape, and the weather.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Herbert Fowler Papers, MC200, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Sara Gunasekara in 2004.

Biography

Biographical Narrative

Herbert George Fowler was born on April 3, 1873 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Francis Carr Fowler. On April 26, 1898 he was enrolled as a Corporal of Company L of the First Regiment of the Illinois Infantry Volunteers to serve two years or the duration of the war. As part of the First Regiment he traveled from Springfield, Illinois to Chickamauga, Georgia to Picnic Island in Tampa, Florida, and eventually to action in the trenches at Santiago. He was discharged from service on November 17, 1898.
After the war, he became a salesman for Sears, Roebuck & Company in Chicago and in 1908 he married Alice Johnson. They had four children: Herbert George Fowler, Jr., Gordon Francis Fowler, Florence May Fowler, and Charles E. Bradley.
Herbert Fowler passed away on July 14, 1960 in Coral Gables, Florida.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Herbert Fowler Papers contain twenty-one letters written in 1898 during the time of the Spanish American War. Herbert Fowler wrote fifteen of the letters, the majority of them are to his mother, Francis Carr Fowler. His letters, written from April 30, 1898 to August 11, 1898, detail the movements of his Company from Springfield, Illinois to Chickamauga, Georgia to Picnic Island in Tampa, Florida, and eventually to action in the trenches at Santiago. He describes the living conditions of the soldiers, the sickness that spread through the camps, his daily schedule, training exercises, the landscape, and the weather..
Also included are three letters written by and to other Fowler family members. An additional three letters are written by Joseph J. Rockwell, who also served in Company L, to May Fowler.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Fowler, Herbert George, 1873-1960
Spanish-American War, 1898
Santiago, Battle of, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 1898
Soldiers--Illinois--Correspondence


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Series 1 Correspondence, 1898

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Arranged into three suberies: Outgoing, Third Party, and Envelopes.
 

Subseries 1.1 Outgoing, April 30, 1898-August 11, 1898

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Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], April 30, 1898

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Box MC74:2

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], May 11, 1898

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Box MC74:3

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], May 21, 1898

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Box MC74:4

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], May 29, 1898

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Box MC74:5

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], June 1, 1898

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Box MC74:6

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], June 2, 1898

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Box MC74:7

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], June 6, 1898

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Box MC74:8

May [Fowler], June 19, [1898]

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Box MC74:9

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], June 22, 1898

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Box MC74:10

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], July 10, 1898

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Box MC74:11

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], July 15, 1898

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Box MC74:12

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], July 29, 1898

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Box MC74:13

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], August 11, 1898

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Box MC74:14

May [Fowler], August 11, 1898

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Box MC74:15

Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], n.d.

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Subseries 1.2 Third Party, May 30, 1898-August 22, 1898

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Letters that are to or between individuals other than Herbert Fowler. Arranged alphabetically by author and then chronologically.
Box MC74:16

Fowler, Charles C. to Francis [Carr Fowler], July 1, 1898

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Box MC74:17

[Fowler, Mary] to Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], August 18, 1898

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Box MC74:18

Fowler, Susie to Mother [Francis Carr Fowler], [August 22, 1898]

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Box MC74:19

Rockwell, Joseph J. to [Fowler], May May 30, 1898

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Box MC74:20

Rockwell, Joseph J. to [Fowler], May June 22, 1898

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Box MC74:21

Rockwell, Joseph J. to [Fowler], May August 16, 1898

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Subseries 1.3 Envelopes, n.d.

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Box MC74:22

Envelope fragments, n.d.

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