Raymond L. Thompson Papers

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Raymond L. Thompson papers
Creator: Thompson, Raymond L., 1894-1962
Call Number: D.172
Dates: 1917-1921
Physical Description: 5 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Papers of the 310th Infantry and other military papers
Subseries I: Military papers
Subseries II: Thompson papers
Subseries III: Maps
Subseries IV: Aerial photographs
Collection Overview
Title: Raymond L. Thompson papers
Creator: Thompson, Raymond L., 1894-1962
Call Number: D.172
Dates: 1917-1921
Physical Description: 5 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Raymond L. Thompson (1894-1962), University of Rochester Class of 1917, served in World War I and was successively assistant treasurer, treasurer, and vice president of the University of Rochester from 1927- 1959.

Scope and Content
The Raymond L. Thompson Papers relate to the 310th Infantry, 78th Division of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, in which Thompson served as an officer of operations - regimental intelligence. He obtained the rank of captain. The collection consists of official and personal accounts of the 310th's involvement in the war, photographs of the regiment, memorandums and field orders it received, and intelligence maps and reconnaissance photographs. The collection also includes some of Capt. Thompson's personal military papers and correspondence dating from August 1917 through June 1919. Among these letters and papers are Thompson's military identity card, his physical exam form, "issued equipment" documents, and his discharge papers.

The 310th Infantry Regiment was first formed in August 1917, at Camp Dix, New Jersey with candidates from the Selective Draft filling its ranks. Training continued into the spring of 1918. In May of that year, the Regiment shipped out for Europe, arriving at the battle lines in France at the end of the Saint Mihiel salient (July 1918). The 78th Division was also involved in the Meuse-Argonne offensive (October 1918) and remained on front line duty until the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.

Among the official documents in the collection is a pamphlet on the history of the 310th Infantry, (August 29, 1917- June 6, 1919), which was published in 1919?, complete with photographs of the officers and the platoons of the regiment; and another on the engagements of one company of the regiment, also published in 1919. An overview of the organization and operations of the entire American Expeditionary Force from May 26 through November 11, 1918, is provided by the summary report of John J. Pershing, the Commander-in-Chief of the A.E.F., and its accompanying maps. The Collection also contains accounts of personal experiences, and a narrative history of the 310th Infantry, 1917 1919, prepared by Captain Thompson. This narrative is a carbon typescript of a draft of Raymond L. Thompson's A History of the 310th Infantry, Seventy-Eighth Division, USA, 1919 (copy in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, call number YLD 4750 T47h). The typescript contains material not used in the book. Further information about the activities of the 310th can be found in the memorandums, General Orders (July 1918 - September 1919), and Field Orders (August 1918 - November 1918) of the regiment. These are supplemented by a wealth of maps and aerial photographs, many of which show installations and troop movements.

Subject(s):
France
World War (1914-1918)
Correspondence
Maps
Aerial photographs
Thompson, Raymond L., 1894-1962
United States. Army. 310th Infantry
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Raymond L. Thompson Papers were purchased from The Yankee Peddler Bookshop, January 21, 1981.Access
The Raymond L. Thompson papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Raymond L. Thompson papers, D.172, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Series I: Papers of the 310th Infantry and other military papers
Subseries I: Military papers
Box 1, Folder 1Headquarters Company, 310th Infantry, USA, 1919?
Box 1, Folder 2The engagements of Company "G", Second Battalion, 310th Infantry, 78th Division in the World War, 1919
Box 1, Folder 3Report of General John J. Pershing, USA, Commander in Chief American Expeditionary Forces (1919) and accompanying maps, November 20, 1918
Box 1, Folder 4"Operations of the 78th Division September 26th, 1918 to November 11th, 1918"
Carbon typescript

Box 1, Folder 5Report of the Argonne offensive by Major General McRae and accompanying maps No.1 & 18
Partial typescript

Box 1, Folder 6The Flash, the 78th Division newspaper, April 24, 1919
Box 1, Folder 8"Experiences of Lt. Kenneth Cramer in Germany"
Typescript

Box 1, Folder 9Personal accounts of the "History of the 310th Infantry"
Box 1, Folder 14Civilian addresses of officers of the 310th Infantry
Box 1, Folder 15List of team workers of the Red Cross 1917, the War Chest 1918, and the Community Chest 1919
Box 1, Folder 16Officer's Reserve Corps, May 28, 1921
Box 1, Folder 17Instructions concerning maps, 1918
Box 1, Folder 18Bulletin for Field Officers No. 8, December 1, 1918
Box 2, Folder 1Army field message book, March 19, 1918-February 2, 1919
Box 2, Folder 2"Confidential" memorandum, field orders, annexes, field messages and maps, July 10, 1918-December 16, 1918
Box 2, Folder 3Training and other memorandum, general orders, and personal correspondence, January 3, 1919-September 27, 1919
Box 2, Folder 4Communication codes
Box 2, Folder 5-7Field orders, August 1918-November 1918, undated
Box 2, Folder 8Argonne Offensive Amendment to Operations Order No. 52
Box 2, Folder 9Casualty report, September 16, 1918-November 11, 1918
Subseries II: Thompson papers
Box 1, Folder 7Narrative history of the 310th Infantry, 78th Division by Raymond L. Thompson, 1919
Carbon typescript draft

Box 1, Folder 10Raymond L. Thompson's personal military papers, August 14, 1917; June 3, 1919
Box 1, Folder 11Raymond L. Thompson's wallet
Box 1, Folder 12Postcards and photographs, circa 1918
Box 1, Folder 13Envelopes
Subseries III: Maps
Box 3, Folder 1Commercy, France, 1912
Box 3, Folder 2Nancy, France, 1912
Box 3, Folder 3Mirecourt, France, 1913
Box 3, Folder 4Lens, France, 1915
Box 3, Folder 5Pont a Mousson, France, September 1916
Box 3, Folder 6Commercy, France, 1918
Box 3, Folder 7Metz, France, 1918
Box 3, Folder 8Mezieres, France, 1918
Box 3, Folder 9Nancy, France, 1918
2 maps

Box 3, Folder 10Raucourt, France, 1918
Box 3, Folder 11-12Thiaucourt, France, 1918
3 maps

Box 3, Folder 13Verdun, France, 1918
Box 3, Folder 14-15Vouziers, France, 1918
Box 3, Folder 16Avallion, France, January 1, 1918
Box 3, Folder 17Verdun and Mezieres, France, January 16-March 17, 1919
Box 3, Folder 18Chambley, France, March 12, 1918
Box 3, Folder 19-20Mort Mare, France, March 20, 1918
Box 3, Folder 21Buzancy, France, April 8, 1918
Box 3, Folder 22Chambley, France, May 26, 1918
Box 3, Folder 23Quart En Reserve, June 12, 1918
2 maps

Box 3, Folder 24Binarville, France, July 1, 1918
Box 3, Folder 25Biene and Vouziers, France, July 6, 1918
Troop positions

Box 3, Folder 26Reims and Solssons, France, July 15-24, 1918
Illustrates Allied German battle lines of Marne Salient

Box 3, Folder 27-28Foret D'Argonne, France, July 23, 1918
Box 3, Folder 29Arras, France, August 7, 1918
Trench map

Box 3, Folder 30Montblainville, France, August 7, 1918
Box 4, Folder 1Binarville, France, August 20, 1918
Box 4, Folder 2Bois Le Pretre, France, August 25, 1918
Box 4, Folder 3Thiacourt, France, September 3, 1918
Artillery objective and infantry assault map

Box 4, Folder 4Buzancy, France, September 15-November 5, 1918
Box 4, Folder 5Thiaucourt, France, September 15-October 4, 1918
Front line position 310th Infantry

Box 4, Folder 6Foret D'Argonne, France, September 24, 1918
Box 4, Folder 7Argonne, France, September 27, 1918
Box 4, Folder 8North of Argonne St. Juvin, Kriemhilde, Stellung, France, October 2, 1918
Enemy information

Box 4, Folder 9Buzancy, France, October 11, 1918
Box 4, Folder 10Consolidated position of the 310th Infantry, October 16-November 5, 1918
Box 4, Folder 11Grand Pre, Beffuet le Morthome, Imecourt, and Buzancy, France, October 25, 1918
Enemy information

Box 4, Folder 12-13Enemy information, October 25, 1918
Box 4, Folder 14Grand Pre, Immecourt, Buzancy and Buffuet le Morthome, France, October 25, 1918
Enemy information offensive objective

Box 4, Folder 15Buzancy, France, October 30, 1918
Gun installations

Box 4, Folder 16Muse Argonne Offensive 1st, 2nd and last phases, November 20, 1918
Box 4, Folder 17Avallion, France
Troop positions

Box 4, Folder 18Buzancy, France
Troop positions

Box 4, Folder 19Le Chesne, France
Box 4, Folder 20Metz, France
Box 4, Folder 21Attack objective
Subseries IV: Aerial photographs
Box 4, Folder 22Aerial photographs no. B846 B909, September 14, 1918
Box 4, Folder 23Aerial photographs no. B1183 B1184, September 14, 1918
Box 4, Folder 24Aerial photographs no. B920 B951, September 15, 1918
Box 4, Folder 25Aerial photographs no. B1239, September 16, 1918
Box 5, Folder 1Aerial photographs no. B1260 B1301, September 16, 1918
Box 5, Folder 2Aerial photographs no. B1004 B1012, September 20, 1918
Box 5, Folder 3Aerial photographs no. B1331 B1553, October 1, 1918
Box 5, Folder 4Aerial photographs no. B1426 B2290, October 10, 1918
Box 5, Folder 5Aerial photographs no. B1453 B1461, October 18, 1918
Box 5, Folder 6Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1466 B1497, October 23, 1918
Box 5, Folder 7Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1498 B1531, October 23, 1918
Box 5, Folder 8Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1532 B1566, October 23, 1918
Box 5, Folder 9Aerial photographs no. B2349 B2351, October 23, 1918
Box 5, Folder 10Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1580 B1594, October 27, 1918
Box 5, Folder 11Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1604 B1626, October 29, 1918
Box 5, Folder 12Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1627 B1662, October 29, 1918
Box 5, Folder 13Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1663 B1666, October 29, 1918
Box 5, Folder 14Reconnaissance map and aerial photographs no. B1667 B1710, October 29, 1918
Box 5, Folder 15Aerial photographs no. B2428 B2495, October 29, 1918


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