Papers of William R. Bruce, including an autobiography about growing up in Menominee, Michigan and Appleton, Wisconsin, his education at Lawrence College in Appleton, work as a chemist, teacher, and school administrator, and his military service as a sergeant in a medical detachment with the Wisconsin National Guard during the Mexican Border dispute in 1916 and with the 32nd Division in Europe during World War I. Also included are Bruce's letters to his family written during his military service, and transcriptions of most of the letters. They are detailed about his leisure time activities, but downplay the unpleasant and dangerous aspects of military life during wartime. Most of the ten photographs in the collection show Bruce in uniform. There are also 2 diskettes with the papers which contain the autobiography and the transcriptions (prepared by William E. Bruce).
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