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M-405: William Gentry American Ambulance Field Service Scrapbook

Repository: St. Louis Mercantile Library Special Collections

Title: William Gentry American Ambulance Field Service Scrapbook


  • Gentry, William

Date: 1917 and 1922

Extent: 1 scrapbook

Location note: Archives

Language: English 

Abstract: This scrapbook recounts William Gentry's experiences in the Ambulance Field Service for the United States Army during World War I in France. It also details a trip to Europe in 1922 by Gentry with his friend Harry Lewis.

Scope and Content note

One scrapbook containing the narratives of William Gentry's service in the United States Army's Ambulance Field Service, in France, 1917, during World War I, and a subsequent trip by Gentry to the continent in 1922.

The Ambulance Field Service narrative is handwritten and includes photographs, while European trip narrative is typescript and includes clippings and photographs. At the end of the scrapbook is a third section of photographs of facets of Gentry's Army experience, including annotations. A final fourth section of clippings includes news items written by Gentry and/or about the Gentry family.

Tipped into the scrapbook are two maps of Soisson and Reims, France, respectively, and a pamphlet written by Gentry entitled, "Full Justice: the Story of Richard Gentry and His Missouri Volunteers in the Seminole War. The pamphlet is available for perusal by Mercantile Library patrons at call number UMSL MERC ST LOUIS IMPRINT E83.835 .G35 1937.

Controlled Access Headings:

Geographic Name(s)

  • Europe -- Description and travel


  • World War, 1914-1918

Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research. 

Conditions Governing Use note: Due to the rare and fragile nature of this resource, reproduction of the collection’s materials must be reviewed by library staff. Please contact the Library at 314-516-7247 for more information.

Copyright Information: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Fee Services: Fees associated with staff research time, cost recovery in reproductions processing time and materials, and licensing may apply.

Preferred Citation noteThe preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UM - St. Louis."