General John J. Pershing Expedition Photographic Postcard Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Brigadier General John J. Pershing was selected by President Woodrow Wilson to lead a military expedition into Mexico after attacks on US soliders by Francisco "Pancho" Villa in the Texas/Mexican border region on March 9, 1916. Pershing's expedition lasted from March 14, 1916, to February 7, 1917, and ultimately failed in its attempt to capture Villa.
The collection consists of 51 images, 32 of which are photographic postcards (8.5 x 13.5 cm.), 12 are printed postcards (9 x 14 cm.), and 7 are snapshots (12.5 x 17.5 cm.). The majority of the images (approximately 40) are scenes of military camp life, soldiers, and equipment, while the rest feature battle scenes and aftermath, including the identification and disposal of Mexican causalities.
This collection was purchased from Howard Karno Books in 2010.
This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in May 2010.
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.