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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.

AM 2010-90.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

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.

Collection Inventory

Photographic Postcards, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Postcards, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Snapshots, 1903-1917. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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