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151st Field Artillery-World War I: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

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Battery A 151st Field Artillery at Fort Snelling

Manuscripts

Loren W. Collins and Family Papers. 
Letters (1917-1919) of his sons, Louis, Loren, and Stewart G., during their World War I service in Europe, which touch on fighting in France, French morale and attitudes, logistical problems, and postwar civilian life in occupied Germany. Also included are biographical data on Loren and Louis Collins.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/.C712).

Edward Karow Scrapbooks.
General orders, letters, commissions, memoranda, membership lists, pamphlets, photographs, clippings, manuals, (1917-1925) and memorabilia with information in World War I activities of the Minneapolis Civilian Auxiliary (1917-1918), the Minnesota Home Guard (1918), the Minnesota National Guard (especially the Fourth Minnesota Infantry and the First and 151st Field Artillery, 1918-1925), and the U.S. Army (1918) collected by Karow, who served as an officer in all of them.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/.K18).

Rollo Lester Mudge Papers.
Correspondence, programs, histories, military papers, and similar files (1917-1972) compiled and created by Rollo L. Mudge, Minneapolis, and documenting World War I service of Battery D, 151st Field Artillery. The regiment was part of the U.S. Army 42nd Infantry ("Rainbow Division"). This collection includes correspondence between Mudge and a number of political leaders and World War I veterans of the Rainbow Division (1918-1969); and historical sketches and rosters of the 42nd Division and of its Minnesota veterans. Correspondence also includes official military papers created while the division was in military service. A complete chronology of the activities of the battery (prepared by Mudge) from June 26, 1917, to January 7, 1919; three letters written by servicemen to their families; Field Order No. 5 relating to the 42nd Division's separation from service (1919); and a notebook, which may have been kept by Lt. Carl Sager, relating to all aspects of artillery techniques, including sketches and illustrations. The collection includes seven photographs and snapshots.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1643).

William K. Fraser Papers.
A manuscript diary, correspondence, soldier's pay record book, military manuals, photographs, camp newspapers, and miscellaneous printed matter (1917-1919) documenting a Minnesota soldier's experiences during World War I as a telephone officer with the 151st Field Artillery. The diary (Dec. 25, 1917-July 21, 1918) provides a detailed account of Fraser's activities while serving in France, particularly during the German offensive in Lorraine (March-June 1918) and the second battle of the Marne (July 1918).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1943).

Government Records

Minnesota War Records Commission.
Numerous materials pertaining to Minnesota and war (1917-192-). Included are materials relating to research, editing, and production for the history of the 151st Field Artillery.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (War Records Commission)

Books & Other Publications

War Diary, by George E. Leach.
Leach was colonel of the 151st Field Artillery.
Roanoke, Va: National Association Rainbow Division Veterans, 1962.
MNHS call number: D 570.32 151st .L3 1962

The Colonel & the Private, World War I
Excerpts of the diaries of Marvin Wickham and George E. Leach compiled by Tom Wickham.
Minnesota : s.n., 2006.
MNHS call number: D570.9 .L42 2006

So Far All In: Diary of a Common Soldier
, by Frank T. Kolar.
​United States:, c1991.
MNHS call number:  D570.9 .K65 1991

Gopher Gunners: March Song, words and music by J.G. Spernek.
Minneapolis: J.G. Spernek, c1917.
MNHS call number: FOLIO M1 .M6 no.158

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