Series 85298State Historical Society World War I service questionnaires
Dates: i 1914-1918.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This series contains military service questionnaires and photographs of Utah's World War I veterans compiled by the Utah State Historical Society shortly after the war. The forms were sent to veterans or their families to complete and return.
The survey was the result of a request by Governor Bamburger to the State Council of Defense that a War History of the State be compiled. By 1920 when the Council had disbanded, the project was continued by the Utah State Historical Society who hired Dr. Andrew L. Neff to write the history. By 1926 the production of an all encompassing work proved overwhelming, and it was learned that the federal government was compiling similar information to be filed with the state adjutant general. Therefore the project was abandoned as infeasible and a duplication of effort.
The form included general information, induction information, oversea service data, promotions, casualties, and remarks. General information gives the veteran's name; home address; camp or oversea address; birth date and place; race; parents' names; occupation before entering service; employer and employer's address; marital status, and if married, wife's name; and the number and names of children. Induction information gives date of induction; method of induction (selective service or volunteer); branch of service; name and number of company and regiment; division; commanding officer; if in the navy, the name of ship; other organizations the individual had belonged to; name of first and later training camps with the time spent in each; and remarks. Oversea Service lists date of transport overseas, place of oversea service, and remarks. The promotions section lists rank at entrance to service; previous military training; promotions with date of each; date of discharge, if applicable; citations for bravery, etc.; and remarks. Casualties lists date and place if killed in action; date, place, and disease if died of illness; date, place, and nature of wounds if wounded in action; date, place, and details if died of accident or other causes; and remarks.
At the end there was a place for the signature of the person completing the questionnaire. This was followed by a note which stated: "Send photograph. Record will be incomplete without photograph. Enclose interesting incidents, clippings, letters, and other material which should be made part of record. Don't neglect this opportunity to have your boy properly represented on the permanent records of Utah." Many of the questionnaires are accompanied by a photograph of the serviceman. A few were also accompanied by letters or newspaper clippings.
This material is present in two forms: 1) Microfilm 2) Boxed copies of original photographs and individually jacketed sections of microfilm. The original papers, except photos, were apparently discarded. The microfilm shows the questionnaire, the photograph, and any accompanying papers. The boxed copy contains the original photograph and individually jacketed portions of the microfilm as they pertain to a single individual. In rare cases, where only the photograph was present (ie. missing jacketed microfilm), it is usually accompanied by a form 724-1 A.G.O. This form is a 4x6 inch note card furnished to the states by the U.S. Adjutant General's Office. These cards similarly summarize the individual's service record.
Some which were missed during the initial filming were filmed on the last reel. The boxed information is entirely alphabetical.
World War I draft board registers from the Department of Administrative Services (Utah). Division of Archives and Records Service, Series 2229, contains additional data on some of the same World War I draftees.
World War I records from the State Historical Society, Series 6307, contains a few questionnaires and much correspondence pertaining to their development by the State Council of Defense and then the Historical Society.
Military service cards from the Department of Administrative Services (Utah). Division of Archives and Records Service, Series 85268, contains service information on many of these same WWI veterans, including 724-1 forms which ocassionally appear in this series.
The questionnaires were collected by the Historical Society shortly after the war. Found in 1960 in a National Guard warehouse at Ft. Douglas, they were transferred to the Military Records Section of the Society for cleaning and alphabetizing.
This series is available on microfilm.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Microfilmed in 1975, originals except photos apparently discarded. Archivally processed 1990 by A.C. Cone. A few additional photographs and questionnaires were located by the Historical Society in 1998. They were given to the Archives and filmed as part of the addendum reel, reel 25, in 1999; the photographs were then interfiled in the regular alphabetical sequence.A few questionnaires on the original paper were separated from photographs in 2017, now in box 12.
- World War, 1914-1918--Veterans--Utah.
- Military history--Utah--1914-1918.
|1||1||Abbott, Arthur-Bagen, James|
|2||1||Bagen, James-Beesley, Jerold|
|3||1||Beesley, Jerold-Bird, Reuben|
|3||2||Birt, Joseph-Bowman, Robert|
|4||2||Bowman, Robert-Butler, John|
|5||2||Butler, Maude-Chytraus, Karl|
|5||3||Clapp, Roger-Clement, Marion|
|6||3||Clements, William-Cutlip, Luther|
|7||3||Dabb, Clarence-Dunham, Starr|
|8||3||Dunlop, Earl-Dyson, William|
|8||4||Earl, Frank-Fitzgerald, Maurice|
|9||4||Fitzgerald, Michael-Gordon, Lynn|
|10||4||Gore, Herbert-Grimm, Lenhart|
|10||5||Grimshaw, Clarence-Hart, Clyde|
|11||5||Hartley, Harry-Hunter, George|
|12||5||Hunter, Archie-Ivory, James|
|12||6||Jack, George-Jones, Heber|
|13||6||Jones, Henry-Larson, Newel|
|14||6||Larson, Olaf-Lewis, W.|
|14||7||Lichfield, William-McCurdy, Howard|
|15||7||McDaniel, Council-Miles, Raymond|
|16||7||Miles, Richard-Mortenson, Martin|
|16||8||Morton, Harry-Nelson, Wilford|
|17||8||Nelson, William-Paxman, Charles|
|18||8||Paxman, Frank-Pleacturas, Atostolas|
|19||9||Radmall, Reuben-Rowberry, Don|
|20||9||Rowe, Dudley-Shurtz, John|
|20||10||Sidwell, Edward-Slade, Jefferson|
|21||10||Slater, Roxy-Stewart, John|
|22||10||Stewart, John-Tix, Henry|
|22||11||Tobiason, Roland-Tracy, Abraham|
|23||11||Treharne, William-Wetzel, Francis|
|24||11||Whalen, Walter-Zwahlen, Samuel|
|25||Anderson , Charles Henry|
|25||Bacon, Charles L|
|25||Beal, David Oval|
|25||Barrons, John Reese|
|25||Barnett, Russell W|
|25||Warburton, Preston Edward|
|25||Wanburg, Wilford Richard|
|25||Wallace, Jonathan Alonzo|
|25||Childs, Luther Paul|
|25||Clayton, William Arthur|
|25||Snyder, Elmer S|
|25||Dorrity, Rural King|
|25||Epperson, Simon Day|
|25||Nielson, Paul Eugene|
|25||Robinson, Lawrence Daniel|
|25||Ramson , Thomas|
|25||Rankins, Robert Eccles|
|25||Phillips, Melvin Truman|
|25||Benson, Wilford Carson|
|25||Cahoon , Arthur|
|25||Buckwell, Albert Edward|
|25||Browning, Walter Lloyd|
|25||Brown , Richard Mark|
|25||Brown , Horace|
|25||Brown, Albert Henry|
|12||1||A (original paper)|
|12||2||C (original paper)|
|12||3||K (original paper)|
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