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James Terrence McCabe letters

Ms. Coll. 646

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
McCabe, James Terrence, 1890-1975
Title:
James Terrence McCabe letters
Date [bulk]:
1917-1919
Date [inclusive]:
1873-1919
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 646
Extent:
1 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
James Terrence McCabe (1890-1975) served in the United States Army during World War I. This collection contains letters to and from McCabe, his family, fiancée, and neighbors, primarily written between July 1918 and August 1919, during his service as a private with the American Expeditionary Forces.
Cite as:
James Terrence McCabe letters, 1873-1919 (bulk: 1917-1919), Ms. Coll. 646, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Born on February 17, 1890, James Terrence McCabe served in the United States Army during World War I. He was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and in France during the end of the war. His wife, Joye Rapp, to whom he was engaged during his service, died in 1921. Mr. McCabe and his family were Catholic and from Easton, Pennsylvania. McCabe was a bookkeeper in the years following his service in the Army, working for John Schaible and Ingersoll Rand. He died in January 1975.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters to and from James Terrence McCabe, his family, fiancée, and neighbors, primarily written between July 1918 and August 1919, during his service as a private with the American Expeditionary Forces. The bulk of the letters are between McCabe and his future wife, Joye M. Rapp (who died in 1921). Others with whom McCabe frequently corresponded include his mother, sister Sadie, and various other female friends. There are also 45 assorted photographs of family and friends in both the United States and France, as well as a few newspaper clippings and miscellaneous documents and diary pages.

McCabe's letters concern his experiences while stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and in France during the tail-end of the war and the year following the Armistice. The letters of his family and non-army friends address home-front life in Easton, Pennsylvania, including the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919. Several of the letters touch on issues of religion, as McCabe, his relations, and many of his friends were devout Catholics, and his future wife a Protestant.

The letters are arranged alphabetically by author of the letter.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 May 1

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Nicole Love

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Purchased in 2007.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
Subject(s)
  • Catholics--United States--Attitudes--History--20th century.
  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919--United States--History.
  • Soldiers--United States--Correspondence
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918--France
  • World War, 1914-1918--United States

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Arnold, Marie, 1919.

1 1

Arnold, Mary McCabe, 1918-1919.

1 2

Boylan, Katie L., 1918.

1 3

Boylan, Katie L., 1918-1919.

1 4

Bright, Mr. H. and Mrs. K., 1919.

1 5

Brooks, William, 1873.

1 6

Brown, Frank, 1917-1918.

1 7

Ducy, John, 1919.

1 8

Gallagher, Hannah, 1913.

1 9

Hackman, Elizabeth, 1918.

1 10

Heap, Mrs. J., 1918.

1 11

The Illustrated Review, 1918.

1 12

Jackson, Mrs. Frank, 1919.

1 13

McCabe, Alfred, 1918.

1 14

McCabe, James Terrence to Peter Arnold, 1919.

1 15

McCabe, James Terrence to "Chas", 1919.

1 16

McCabe, James Terrence to Alfred McCabe, 1919.

1 17

McCabe, James Terrence to Sadie V. McCabe, 1918-1919.

1 18

McCabe, James Terrence to Sarah Coyle McCabe, 1918 July-November.

1 19

McCabe, James Terrence to Sarah Coyle McCabe, 1918 December-1919 January.

1 20

McCabe, James Terrence to Sarah Coyle McCabe, 1919 February-March.

1 21

McCabe. James Terrence to Sarah Coyle McCabe, 1919 March-April.

1 22

McCabe, James Terrence to Sarah Coyle McCabe, 1919 April-May.

1 23

McCabe, James Terrence to Sarah Coyle McCabe, 1919 June-July.

1 24

McCabe, James Terrence to Terrence McCabe, Sr., 1919.

1 25

McCabe. James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 July.

1 26

McCabe. James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 August 1-8.

1 27

McCabe. James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 August 10-17.

1 28

McCabe. James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 August 18-30.

1 29

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 September 2-10.

1 30

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 September-October.

1 31

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 November.

1 32

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 December 2-14.

1 33

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 December 17-19.

1 34

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1918 December 21-29.

1 35

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 January 1-12.

1 36

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 January 20-31.

1 37

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 February 3-8.

1 38

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 February 8-15.

1 39

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 February 16-19.

1 40

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 February 20-26.

1 41

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 February 27-March 13.

1 42

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 March 4-12.

1 43

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 March 13-31.

1 44

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 April 1-6.

1 45

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 April 7-14.

1 40

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 April 15-20.

1 47

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 April 21-29.

1 48

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 April 29-May 8.

1 49

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 May 9-15.

1 50

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 May 16-23.

1 51

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 June 1-11.

1 52

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 June 14-30.

1 53

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, 1919 July-August.

1 54

McCabe, James Terrence to Joye Rapp, undated.

1 55

McCabe, Sadie V., 1918 July-August.

1 56

McCabe, Sadie V., 1918 August 19-September.

1 57

McCabe, Sadie V., 1918 October-November.

2 58

McCabe, Sadie V., 1918 December-1919 February 11.

2 59

McCabe, Sadie V., 1919 February 18-June.

2 60

McCabe, Sarah Coyle, 1918 July-October 8.

2 61

McCabe, Sarah Coyle, 1918 October 20-1919 January.

2 62

McCabe Sarah Coyle, 1919 February-June.

2 63

Mundy, William C., 1918 November-December.

2 64

O'Brien, Bernard J., 1919 July.

2 65

Pennsylvania National Army, 1918 July.

2 66

Rapp, Elsie Ruth, 1918 August-1919 April.

2 67

Rapp, Joye, 1918 July-August 11.

2 68

Rapp, Joye, 1918 August 12-28.

2 69

Rapp, Joye, 1918 August-September 15.

2 70

Rapp, Joye, 1918 September 17-November 21.

2 71

Rapp, Joye, 1918 November 21-December 13.

2 72

Rapp, Joye, 1918 December 15-1919 January 2.

2 73

Rapp, Joye, 1919 January 14-March 2.

3 74

Rapp, Joye, 1919 March 4-23.

3 75

Rapp, Joye, 1919 March 30-May 18.

3 76

Rapp, Joye, 1919 May 22-August.

3 77

Rapp, Leila, 1919 February-March.

3 78

Rapp, Renton, 1919 March.

3 79

S., Ethel, undated.

3 80

Saylor, Laura, 1918 August-1919 January.

3 81

Schaible, John E., 1919 February.

3 82

Seibel, Evelyn, 1918 February-December.

3 83

Seibel, Evelyn, 1919 January-July.

3 84

U.S. War Department Local Board for City of Easton, PA, 1918 February-April.

3 85

Vivian, Jo. C., 1919 March.

3 86

Young, Daisy Hackman, 1919 January-April.

3 87

Young, Robert O., 1919 March.

3 88

Miscellaneous documents, 1919 March-May.

3 89

Photographs, undated.

3 90

Newspaper clippings from McCabe correspondence, 1918 July-August.

3 91

Luggage tags, United States Army patch, and 2 envelopes, undated.

3 92