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Stewart A. McDowell Collection


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center [Contact Us]3401 Market Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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Stewart A. McDowell was born in Morton, Delaware County, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1895. During World War I he went to France in 1917 to join the the Lafayette Flying Corps. Once the United States entered the war, McDowell joined the Army Air Service, ending the war as a second lieutenant. He stayed in France until 1921, when he returned to Philadelphia.

McDowell worked as a salesman in the Chemical Industry living in Lansdown, PA. He died on September 15, 1960 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetary.

The Stewart A. McDowell Collection consists of letters send to McDowell from family and friends between 1917 and 1921. The bulk of the letters comes from his uncle, James Dailey, in 1921 and consists of requests for McDowell to return home from France. Dailey also send a number of newspaper clippings related to the war effort and local interests. In addition to letters from family and friends, correspondence from various other sources (some from overseas) directly related to the war or debts occured by McDowell. The collection also contains a number of unique illustrated pieces (e.g. a log abstract from R.M.S. Baltic, and a Sherwin-Williams paint advertisement). An envelope from James Thompson contained a World War I era condom.

There is no apparent connection between McDowell and the University.

The Stewart A. McDowell Collection is organized in two series: Correspondence and Miscellaneous. Each series is arranged alphabetically.

This collection was found in the Archives in 2001 (accession number 2001: 083).

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Finding Aid Author
Joseph-James Ahern
Finding Aid Date
October 2014
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American Express Company, 1921 March 15.
Box 1 Folder 1
Dailey, James F., 1917-1921.
Box 1 Folder 2
Dowty, E. J. , 1921.
Box 1 Folder 3
Frazier, Frank, 1921.
Box 1 Folder 4
Krouse, C. F. , 1917.
Box 1 Folder 5
McDowell, Stewart H., 1917.
Box 1 Folder 6
Page and Shaw, Limited, 1921.
Box 1 Folder 7
Pooley, T. S. , 1917.
Box 1 Folder 8
Stewart, Marian, 1920.
Box 1 Folder 9
Thompson, James, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 10
Williams, F. H. , 1917.
Box 1 Folder 11

Empty Envelopes, 1917-1921.
Box 1 Folder 12
Newspaper Clippings, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 13
Photographs, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 14
Postcards, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 15
Printed Material, 1917-1921.
Box 1 Folder 16

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