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Collection Number: 03441

Collection Title: James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931 (bulk 1917-1918).

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract James Alexander Moseley was a native of North Carolina; graduate of Yale University; resident of Glen Ridge, N.J.; and 1st lieutenant, Company C, 166th Infantry, 42d (Rainbow) Division, American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. The collection includes letters, January-July 1918, from James A. Moseley Junior, in France, to his mother, Annie Conigland Moseley; letters, 1916-1918, from Moseley to Lucy Kent Chappell of Georgia, a teacher at the Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; letters from Moseley's mother to him; letters before and after 1918 relating to Moseley's life and to his death in the Battle of Ourcq near Chateau-Thierry; and other items. The bulk of the collection consists of Moseley's letters to family and friends during World War I. These letters vividly describe his experiences in an army training camp at Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1917, his voyage to France in January 1918, his experience at the 2nd Corps Army School in France, his view of the French countryside, and his life in the trenches in France. Moseley's mother's letters to him give news of family and friends and describe life on the home front during the war. Letters written by Moseley before the war concern his studies at Yale, his father's death, his decision to go into business rather than to teach, and his social life. In addition to letters, the collection includes clippings about Moseley and his death; Yale University magazines, pamphlets, and commencement programs; and a copy of Rainbow Memories, which contains a picture and biographical sketch of Moseley.
Creator Moseley, James Alexander, 1894-1918.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 James Alexander Moseley Papers, #3441, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Daisy H. Moseley of Glen Ridge, N.J., October 1959.
Received from Lucy Kent Chappell Clarkson, June 1963.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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James Alexander Moseley (1894-1918) was born in Raleigh, N.C., and moved as a child to Glen Ridge, N.J. He graduated from Yale University in 1915 and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the United States Army. After training at Plattsburgh, N.Y., he sailed for France, January 1918. There he attended the 2nd Corps Army School at Chatillon-sur Seine, had a tour of observation at the French front near Nancy, and then joined Company C, 166th Infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Briefly in the spring he was a grenade instructor in the 126th Regiment, 32nd Division. After returning to the 166th, he was killed in action in July 1918, in the Battle of Ourcq near Chateau-Thierry.

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The collection includes letters, January-July 1918, from James A. Moseley Junior, in France, to his mother, Annie Conigland Moseley; letters, 1916-1918, from Moseley to Lucy Kent Chappell of Georgia, a teacher at the Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; letters from Moseley's mother to him; letters before and after 1918 relating to Moseley's life and to his death in the Battle of Ourcq near Chateau-Thierry; and other items. The bulk of the collection consists of Moseley's letters to family and friends during World War I. These letters vividly describe his experiences in an army training camp at Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1917, his voyage to France in January 1918, his experience at the 2nd Corps Army School in France, his view of the French countryside, and his life in the trenches in France. Moseley's mother's letters to him give news of family and friends and describe life on the home front during the war. Letters written by Moseley before the war concern his studies at Yale, his father's death, his decision to go into business rather than to teach, and his social life. In addition to letters, the collection includes clippings about Moseley and his death; Yale University magazines, pamphlets, and commencement programs; and a copy of Rainbow Memories, which contains a picture and biographical sketch of Moseley.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931.

220 items.

Chiefly letters written by James Alexander Moseley, January-July 1918, while he was serving with the American Expeditionary Force in France, to his mother and other relatives and friends. There are also letters to Moseley from his mother during the same time period, and a few items before and after 1918 relating to James Alexander Moseley's life and his death in battle.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1912-1917 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

January 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

February 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 4

Folder 5

March 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 5

Folder 6

April 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

May 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

June 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 9

Folder 10

July-December 1918 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 10

Folder 11

1919-1931 #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 11

Folder 12

Clippings #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 12

Miscellaneous #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 12

Photographs #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." Folder 12

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-3441/1a

Diplomas, certificates, and awards #03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." X-OPF-3441/1a

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-3441/1

#03441, Series: "1. James Alexander Moseley Papers, 1912-1931." OPF-3441/1

May not exist

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83 items.

Letters written by James Alexander Moseley to Lucy Kent Chappell, while Moseley was working in New York, October 1916-April 1917; at officers' training school at Plattsburgh, N.Y., May-November 1917; on a visit to Glen Ridge, N.J., November 1917-January 1918; and while travelling to France and serving with the American Expeditionary Force, January-July 1918. There are also some telegrams, letters, and clippings, concerning the death of James Alexander Moseley.

Folder 13

October 1916-April 1917 #03441, Series: "2. Letters to Lucy Kent Chappell, 1916-1919." Folder 13

Folder 14

May-September 1917 #03441, Series: "2. Letters to Lucy Kent Chappell, 1916-1919." Folder 14

Folder 15-17

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

October 1917-February 1918 #03441, Series: "2. Letters to Lucy Kent Chappell, 1916-1919." Folder 15-17

Folder 18

March-July 1918 #03441, Series: "2. Letters to Lucy Kent Chappell, 1916-1919." Folder 18

Folder 19

September 1918-October 1919 #03441, Series: "2. Letters to Lucy Kent Chappell, 1916-1919." Folder 19

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Includes Yale University magazines, pamphlets, and programs. Also incuded is Rainbow Memories which contains character sketches and history of the 1st Battalion, 166th Infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, by Alison Reppy, and three maps of terrain in France.

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Printed items #03441, Series: "3. Printed Items" Folder 20-22

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Oversize papers (OPF-3441/1 and X-OPF-3441/1a).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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