Camp Taylor Records, 1917-1920

Descriptive Summary

Title
Camp Taylor Records, 1917-1920
Creator
Camp Taylor
Extent
4 linear feet
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Katherine Burger Johnson; machine-readable finding aid created by Encoded by
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Camp Zachary Taylor was opened as a training camp for U.S. soldiers in September 1917. It was located on approximately 2700 acres of farm land on the southeast border of Louisville, and at its height contained 2000 buildings. It served as a field artillery replacement depot and by the end of World War I over 150,000 men had been trained there. Many service organizations provided support for the soldiers, including the American Library Association, which ran a library war service at camps, bases, and cantonments all across the United States and overseas. It is unclear what records remain from Camp Taylor other than these.
Scope and Content
This collection came to the University Archives from the Louisville Free Public Library in 1995, and consists of 4.5 linear feet of material divided into two series, Employment Lists and Library Records. The Employment lists consist of names and, in some cases, employment information. The Library records include correspondence, reports, and financial information relating to the American Library Association's library at Camp Taylor, which was overseen by George Settle, director of the Louisville Free Public Library.

Contents of the Collection

Series I: Employment Lists

Employment lists, 2 linear feet. The records in Series I are simply lists of names along with some type of employment information. They were wrapped in brown paper and boxed. The wrappers were labeled with the type of lists contained and stated "given by O.L. [sometimes A.O.] Taylor, Starks Bldg., 1922." A.O. Taylor was involved in the placement of soldiers returning at the end of World War I. Nonetheless, when sample pages were sent to the World War I expert at the National Archives and Records Administration, he could not identify the origins or purposes of these lists. Initial assessment of these lists was that they were of no research use due to their lack of organization, but when the NARA expert indicated that they may be the only remaining copies of such lists, they were kept. Series I is arranged as the records were found, in categories of: Registrants unemployed, undated and dated; Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, undated; Registrants employed, dated; Employers notified; Registrants referred to employers, undated and dated. (None of the lists are alphabetized.)

Registrants unemployed, no date

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Registrants unemployed, March 1919

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Registrants unemployed, April 1919

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Registrants unemployed, May 1919

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Registrants unemployed, June 1919

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Registrants unemployed, July 1919

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Registrants unemployed, August 1919

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Registrants unemployed, September 1919

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Registrants unemployed, October 1919

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Name, hometown, occupation, last known employer, no date

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Registrants employed, June 1919

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Registrants employed, July 1919

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Registrants employed, August 1919

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Registrants employed, September 1919

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Registrants employed, October 1919

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Employers notified, March - October 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, no date

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Registrants referred to employers, March 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, April 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, May 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, June 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, July 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, August 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, September 1919

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Registrants referred to employers, October 1919

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Labels and scraps

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Series II: Library Records

Library records, 2.5 linear feet. These records were boxed and some of the outgoing correspondence and accompanying paperwork was loosely arranged in chronological order. The incoming correspondence was arranged in alphabetical order by sender so that order was maintained. The correspondence files often contain reports and other records, some of which were left with the correspondence. Other records were separated and filed by topic.

American Library Association Campaign for Funds, September 1917

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Correspondence - July 1917

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Correspondence - August 1917

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Correspondence - September 1917

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Correspondence - October 1917

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Correspondence - November 1917

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Correspondence - December 1917

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Correspondence - January 1918

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Correspondence - February 1918

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Correspondence - March 1918

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Correspondence - March 1918

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Correspondence - April 1918

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Correspondence - May 1918

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Correspondence - June 1918

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Correspondence - July 1918

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Correspondence - August 1918

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Correspondence - September 1918

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Correspondence - October 1918

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Correspondence - November 1918

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Correspondence - December 1918

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Correspondence - January 1919

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Correspondence - February 1919

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Correspondence - March 1919

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Correspondence - April 1919

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Correspondence - May 1919

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Correspondence - June 1919

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Correspondence - August 1919

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Correspondence - September 1919

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Correspondence - October 1919

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Correspondence - December 1919

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Incoming correspondence - A

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Incoming correspondence - B

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Incoming correspondence - C

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Incoming correspondence - D

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Incoming correspondence - E

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Incoming correspondence - F

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Incoming correspondence - G

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Incoming correspondence - H-I

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Incoming correspondence - J

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Incoming correspondence - K

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Incoming correspondence - L

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Incoming correspondence - M-N

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Incoming correspondence - P-R

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Incoming correspondence - S

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Incoming correspondence - T-U-V

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Incoming correspondence - W-X-Y-Z

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First and Second War Library Fund Drive, 1917-1918

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Reports of contributions, no date

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American Library Association, Committee on Enlarged Program, 1919-1920

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Bills for books and monthly reports, June 1918-November 1919

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Bills and receipts, 1918

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Bank records, 1918-1919

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Ledger - check record, December 1917-November 1919

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Petty cash - ledger and receipts, 1917-1918

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Receipts, no date

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American Library Association, Library War Service, subscription orders, February - July 1919

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Civilian payroll, May 1919

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Camp library cash book, September 1918-November 1919

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Reports, telegram, financial records, and misc, no date

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