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Terwilliger Family Collection


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The Terwilliger Family Collection contains numerous letters written by Harvey Beebe, an American soldier from southwestern New York during World War I.


Beebe, Harvey
Date Coverage:
0.40 cubic ft. (about 0.40 boxes)

Harvey Beebe was from Falconer, New York. He worked at the National Chautauqua County Bank until 1918, when he left his position to serve in the Navy during World War I. Beebe completed basic training in the United States and then served in France during the war. He returned home and was stationed in Hampton Roads, Virginia beginning in February 1919. During his service, Beebe frequently wrote letters home to his family, especially his mother Grace Frankenfield, and future wife, Hazel Ames. Harvey and Hazel Beebe married in early 1919 after his return to the United States and their daughter was Shirley Beebe Terwilliger.

The vast majority of this collection is handwritten correspondence sent by Harvey Beebe to his family and girlfriend back home. There are some additional items such as correspondence from others, Beebe's local draft board card, a machine gun manual, and a list of sailors staying in a U.S. Naval Barrack in France.

The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.

Gordon Terwilliger, grandson of Harvey Beebe, donated this collection to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections in 2014.

Processed by: Jamie Brinkman

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Published: 2018-03-06 02:42:14 -0500

Encoded in EAD by Jamie Brinkman, 2014

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Terwilliger Family Collection, 1912-1919. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Terwilliger Collection).

Contents of Collection



1 1Correspondence1912, 1914, 1917


1 242nd Annual Report of Prudential Insurance Company1917


1 3Harvey Beebe Draft Car, Troop Billet Ticket, and Article about Leaving for War1918, Undated


1 4Correspondence1918 January-1918 April


1 5Correspondence1918 July


1 6Correspondence1918 August


1 7Correspondence1918 September


1 8Correspondence1918 October


1 9Correspondence1918 November


1 10Correspondence1918 December


1 11Correspondence1919 January-1919 April


1 12CorrespondenceUndated


1 13Lewis Machine Gun ManualUndated


1 14List of Sailors in Barracks 12 of the U.S. Naval Station in Pauillac, FranceUndated


1 15Notes and MathUndated