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Collection Number: 05266

Collection Title: William Borden Cobb Papers, 1908-1934 (bulk 1918-1919)

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract William Borden Cobb of Goldsboro, N.C., served a sergeant in the Chemical Warfare Services section of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Cobb was stationed in La Pallice and Saint Sulpice, France. When the war ended, he attended the American Expeditionary Forces University in Beune, France. Letters from William Borden Cobb to his parents William H. and Georgia Borden Cobb and to his brother Donnell B. Cobb provide detailed descriptions of military life in France away from the front including activities in Chemical Warfare Service camps, travels around France especially to Bordeaux and Paris, and experiences at the American Expeditionary Forces University in Beune. A few letters contain enclosures such as Cobb's records of military promotion and ephemera. There is also a very small amount of correspondence from Cobb and Borden family members. The Addition of March 2008 consists of a 1918 photographic portrait of William Borden Cobb in military uniform.
Creator Cobb, William Borden, 1894-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Borden Cobb Papers #5266, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John C. Cobb of Goldsboro, N.C., in January 2006 (Acc. 100300) and in March 2008 (Acc. 100876).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Borden Cobb served a sergeant in the Chemical Warfare Services section of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Cobb was stationed in La Pallice and Saint Sulpice, France. When the war ended, he attended the American Expeditionary Forces University in Beune, France.

Cobb was born 10 September 1894 in Goldsboro, N.C., and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1916. William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb were his parents, Dr. Donnell B. Cobb of Goldsboro was his brother, and Collier Cobb of Chapel Hill, N.C., was his uncle.

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Letters from William Borden Cobb of Goldsboro, N.C., to his parents William H. Cobb and Georgia Borden Cobb and to his brother Donnell B. Cobb provide detailed descriptions of military life in France away from the front including activities in Chemical Warfare Service camps, travel in France especially to Bordeaux and Paris, and experiences at the American Expeditionary Forces University. A few letters contain enclosures such as Cobb's records of military promotion and ephemera. There is also a very small amount of correspondence from Cobb and Borden family members. The Addition of March 2008 consists of a 1918 photographic portrait of William Borden Cobb in military uniform.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.
Folder 1

Letters to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, July-August 1918 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 1

Folder 2

Letters to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, September 1918 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, October-November, 1918 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 3

Folder 4

Letters to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, December 1918-January 1919 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 4

Folder 5

Letters to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, February-March 1919 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 5

Folder 6

Letters to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, April-June 1919 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 6

Folder 7

Letter to William H. Cobb Jr. and Georgia Borden Cobb, 1929 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 7

Folder 8

Letters to Donnell B. Cobb, July 1918-March 1919 #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 8

Folder 9

Other correspondence #05266, Series: "Letters from William Borden Cobb and other correspondence, 1919-1934." Folder 9

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean, April 2006

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, April 2006

Revisions: Finding aid updated in June 2008 by John Blythe.

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