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John Rissel Kessler Papers
1858-1969 (bulk 1917-1923)

UPT 50 K425

2.25 Cubic feet

Prepared by Joseph-James Ahern

2017

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PROVENANCE

The John Rissel Kessler papers were donated to the University Archives by Margaret Kessler Gibson Fish in August 2017 (2017:052).

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The John Rissel Kessler Papers are organized into five series: Correspondence, World War I Memorabilia, Miscellaneous, Photographs, and Printed Material. The Correspondence Series is further organized into two sub-series: J. R. Kessler and Other, which are arranged chronologically. The other series are arranged alphabetically.

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

John Rissel Kessler was born in Philadelphia on November 27, 1895 to John Harold and Kate Raines Kessler. Rissel, as he was known, grew up in the Mount Airey section of the city with his siblings – Raines, Helen, and Edwin. In 1914 he entered the University of Pennsylvania to study chemical engineering at the Towne School. However, before his senior year, the United States entered World War I, and Rissel joined the Army.

Rissel served in Section 504 of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service. This was the first of three sections recruited at the University of Pennsylvania, and was mustered into service at Cooper Battalion Hall in Philadelphia in May 1917. On Jun 7 the section left for Camp Crane in Allentown, PA (which was located in the fairgrounds). The Section sailed for Europe on August 23 aboard the White Star Line RMS Baltic, arriving in England on September 16 before proceeding to France. Once in France the Section received orders to join the 158th French Division of the Third Army Corps at the Front at Lanchy in the Noyon Sector. The next assignment was with the 170th French Division at Peronne, taking park in the British drive on Cambrai on November 20. Eight days later they returned to the 158th Division at Rouvel, with their headquarters in the St. Quentin Front. In January 1918 the Section was moved to the Verdun Sector and attached to the 11th French Division, where they remained for the rest of the war. For their work with the division, the Section received the Croix de Guerre with Palm on December 10, 1918. Following Verdun they participated in the battles at Mondidier-Noyon, the Compiegne Sector, the Aisne-Marne offensive, the Somme offensive, the Oise-Aisne offensive, and the Yypres-Lys offensive. During their time in action, the Section suffered 1 killed, 2 died from illness, 26 wounded and gassed. After the Armistice was signed the 504 stayed in France until April, being one of the early section to sail for the United States on April 13, 1919 aboard the S.S. Mobile.

After his discharge Rissel returned to the University of Pennsylvania to finish his studies, receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1920. During his career, Rissler worked for the Dill and Collins Co. Philadelphia, Dupont Rayon Co. Buffalo NY, the Philadelphia Electric Storage Battery Co., Rissel, and finally the Philco Manufacturing Company on Tioga Street in Philadelphia – where he was a design engineer. Rissel lived with his wife, Lela May Fetherstone, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia until her death in 1959 at the age of 57. They did not have any children. He was a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, American Legion, and Section 504 of the U.S. Army Ambulance Service Association. John Rissel Kessler died at age 72 in 1967.

 

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SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The John Rissler Kessler Papers documents his time serving in the United States Army Ambulance Service during World War I. It consist primarily of correspondence from Rissler to his family, with the majority of letters being addressed to his mother, father, and siblings. There are a few letters to Rissler's parents from other individuals, and an occasional letter to Rissler. Correspondence starts with his departure for Allentown in June 1917, and continues into the 1920s. Additionally the collection contains memorabilia from his time in the Army (e.g. medals, certificates, maps, and artifacts), as well as photographs and printed material. The collection also has a near complete run of the Radiator – The Official Newspaper of the United States Army Ambulance Service with the French Army.

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States Army. Ambulance Service. Sanitary Service Unit, 504th.

Subject(s)

  • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Regimental histories--United States--Ambulance Service with the French Army--Service sanitaire unit no. 504.
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work.

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INVENTORY

 

Correspondence 

Box

Folder

J.R. Kessler 

Telegram to J. H. Kessler 1917 June 7 

1

1

ALS to Mother et al., Allentown (6 pgs. w/envelope and clipping) 1917 June 7 

1

2

ALS to Mother, Father, Helle and Eddie, Allentown (6 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 10 

1

3

AL to Mother (1 pg. w/envelope) 1917 June 18 

1

4

ALS to Mother and all (4 pgs) 1917 June 18 

1

5

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown, PA (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 20 

1

6

ALS to Edwin and all, Allentown PA (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 23 

1

7

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown, PA (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 24 

1

8

ALS to Dad, Allentown (2 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 26 

1

9

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown, PA (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 26-27 

1

10

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown, PA (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 June 29 

1

11

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown, PA (8 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 3 

1

12

ALS to Mother (1 pg. w/envelope) 1917 July 4 

1

13

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown, PA (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 5 

1

14

ALS to Mother and all, Barracks Allentown (2 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 10 

1

15

Postcard to Mother, Allentown 1917 July 10 

1

16

ALS to Mother and all (3 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 15 

1

17

ALS [Mother] [Easton, PA] (4pgs w/Envelope) 1917 July 17 

1

18

ALS to Mother and all [Belvidere, NJ] (5 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 19 

1

19

ALS to Mother, [Easton, PA] (5 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 21 

1

20

ALS to [Mother], [Easton, PA] (2 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 23 

1

21

ALS to Edwin (2pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 27 

1

22

ALS to Mother and all, Allentown (3pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 28 

1

23

ALS to Mother (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 July 29 

1

24

ALS to Mother and all, YMCA Tent (3 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 3 

1

25

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 5 

1

26

ALS to Mother (3 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 7 

1

27

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 9 

1

28

ALS to Mother (3 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 15 

1

29

ALS to Edwin and all, In Barracks (8 pgs w/envelope 1917 August 16 

1

30

Kessler, Edwin ALS to JKR (8 pgs) 1917 August 17 

1

31

ALS to Mother and all, Sunday after Mass (3 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 18 

1

32

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs w/envelope) 1917 August 20 

1

33

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs) 1917 August 21 

1

34

Postcards 1917 August 21 

1

35

ALS to Mother and all, On Board S.S. Baltic (2 pgs) 1917 August 22 

1

36

ALS to Mother and all, Halifax, N.S. (3 pgs) 1917 August 26 

1

37

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs) 1917 August 31 

1

38

Postcard to Mother and all 1917 September 16 

1

39

Telegram to E.F.M. Kessler 1917 September 17 

1

40

Postcard to [Mother] 1917 September 17 

1

41

ALS to Mother and all (4 pgs) 1917 September 21 

1

42

Postcard to Mother and all 1917 September 23 

1

43

Postcard to Mother and all 1917 September 24 

1

44

ALS to Mother and all (7 pgs) 1917 September 28 

1

45

ALS to Edwin and all (5 pgs) 1917 October 2 

1

46

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs) 1917 October 9 

1

47

ALS to Mother and all (1 pg.) 1917 October 18 

1

48

ALS to Mother and all (1 pg.) 1917 October 20 

1

49

ALS to Mother and all (1 pg.) 1917 October 24 

1

50

ALS to Mother and all (1 pg.) 1917 October 26 

1

51

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (2 pgs) 1917 November 1 

1

52

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 November 5 

1

53

ALS to Mother, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 November 7 

1

54

ALS to Bro., Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 November 7 

1

55

ALS to Mother and all, (1 pg.) 1917 November 11 

1

56

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (6 pgs) 1917 November 14 

1

57

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (5 pgs) 1917 November 16 

1

58

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (2 pgs) 1917 November 18 

1

59

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 [November 22] Thanksgiving 

1

60

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (2 pgs) 1917 November 23 

1

61

TL to Kid, Somewhere in France (2 pgs) 1917 November 24 

1

62

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 November 25 

1

63

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 November 27 

1

64

ALS to Uncle John, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 November 28 

1

65

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 December 2 

1

66

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1917 December 4 

1

67

TL, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 December 4 

1

68

TL to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 December 4 

1

69

TL, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 December 5 

1

70

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (9 pgs) 1917 December 5 - 6 

1

71

TL to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (2 pgs) 1917 December 5 - 6 

1

72

TL to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 December 9 

1

73

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 2, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 December 9 

1

74

TL to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1917 December 12 

1

75

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 3, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 December 12 

1

76

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 4, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1917 December 14 

1

77

ALS to Edwin, Letter No. 4, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1917 December 17 

1

78

TL Letters Nos. 4 - 8 1917 December 17 - 27 

1

79

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 5, Somewhere in France (6 pgs) 1917 December 18 

1

80

ALS to Father, Letter No. 6, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1917 December 23 

1

81

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 7, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1917 [December 25] Christmas Night 

1

82

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 8, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1917 December 27 

1

83

ALS to Mother, Letter No. 8 cont. (1 pg.) 1917 December 28 

1

84

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 9, Somewhere in France (6 pgs) 1917 December 30 

1

85

ALS to Edwin, Letter No. 10, Somewhere in France (7 pgs) 1918 January 1 

1

86

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 11, Somewhere in France (5 pgs) 1918 January 3 

1

87

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 12, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1918 January 4 

1

88

ALS to Dad, Letter No. 13, Somewhere in France (7 pgs) 1918 January 5 

1

89

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 14 (3 pgs) 1918 January 11 

1

90

ALS to Mother and all, Somewhere in France (6 pgs) 1918 January 17 

1

91

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 15, Somewhere in France (6 pgs) 1918 January 19 

1

92

ALS to Mother, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1918 January 20 

1

93

ALS to Helen, Somewhere in France (2 pgs) 1918 January 29 

1

94

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 16 (4 pgs) 1918 January 30 

1

95

ALS to Sister, Arcis-Sur-Aube (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 February 1 

1

96

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 17 (5 pgs) 1918 February 2 

1

97

ALS to Eddie and all, Letter No. 18, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1918 February 3 

1

98

TL to Edwin, Somewhere in France (1 pg.) 1918 February 4 

1

99

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 19 (5 pgs) 1918 February 9 

1

100

ALS to Uncle Bill, Letter No. 19 Bill (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 February 13 

1

101

ALS to "Birddie", Letter No. 20 (4 pgs) 1918 February 13 

1

102

ALS to Dad, Letter No. 21 (5 pgs) 1918 February 13 

1

103

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 20 (4 pgs) 1918 February 17 

1

104

ALS to Helen, Letter No. 22 (4 pgs) 1918 March 3 

1

105

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 23 (6 pgs) 1918 March 6 

1

106

ALS to Dad, Letter No. 24 (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 March 9 

1

107

ALS to Mother and all, Ferrieries (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 March 10 

1

108

ALS to Mother and all (5 pgs) 1918 March 11 - 13 

1

109

ALS to Dad (6 pgs) 1918 March 15 

1

110

ALS to Helen and all, Letter No. 27 (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 March 24 

1

111

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 28 (6 pgs) 1918 March 24 

1

112

ALS to Dad, Letter No. 29 (5 pgs) 1918 March 28-29 

1

113

ALS to Bro., Letter No. 30, Somewhere in France (4 pgs) 1918 April 2 

1

114

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 31, Somewhere in France (7 pgs) 1918 April 4 

1

115

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 32, Somewhere in France (10 pgs) 1918 April 4 

1

116

ALS to Hellen, Letter No. 32B, Somewhere in France (5 pgs) 1918 April 6 

1

117

ALS to Mother, Letter No. 33, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1918 April 7 

1

118

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 34, Somewhere in France (10 pgs) 1918 April 9 

1

119

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 35, Somewhere in France (3 pgs) 1918 April 12 

1

120

ALS to Sister, Letter No. 36, France (6 pgs) 1918 April 13 

1

121

ALS to Mother and all, France (4 pgs) 1918 April 16 

1

122

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 38, France (6 pgs) 1918 April 17 

1

123

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 39, France (7 pgs) 1918 April 18 

1

124

ALS to Bro, Letter No. 40, France (5 pgs) 1918 April 21 

1

125

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 41, France (4 pgs) 1918 April 23 

1

126

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 42, France (6 pgs) 1918 April 26 

1

127

TLS to Bro, France (1 pgs) 1918 April 28 

1

128

TL to Mother and all, France (1pg) 1918 May 3 

1

129

ALS to Mother and all, No. 42, France (6 pgs) 1918 May 7 

1

130

ALS to Bro, Letter No. 44, France (4 pgs) 1918 May 12 

1

131

ALS to Dad, Letter No. 45, France (9 pgs) 1918 May 13 

1

132

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 46, France (6 pgs) 1918 May 19 

1

133

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 47, France (6 pgs) 1918 May 21 

1

134

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 48, France (7 pgs) 1918 May 23 

1

135

ALS to Dad and all, Letter No. 49, France (16 pgs w/envelope) 1918 May 29 

1

136

ALS [Missing pages] (4 pgs) ca. 1918 May 

1

137

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 50, France (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 2 

1

138

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 51, France (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 6 

1

139

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 52, France (9 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 11 

1

140

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 53, A Chateau Somewhere in France (10 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 14 

1

141

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 54, France (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 16 

1

142

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 55, France (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 22 

1

143

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 56, France (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 25 

1

144

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 57, France (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 26 

1

145

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 58, France (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 July 1 - 2 

1

146

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 59 (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 July 9 

1

147

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 60 (5 pgs w/envelope and photograph) 1918 July 13 

1

148

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 61 (6 pgs w/envelope and photograph) 1918 July 15 

1

149

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 62, France (8 pgs w/envelope) 1918 July 22 

1

150

ALS to Dad, Letter No. 62 1/2, France (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 July 24 

1

151

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 63, France (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 July 25 

1

152

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 64, France (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 1 

1

153

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 65, France (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 7 

1

154

ALS to Bro., Letter No. 67, France (3 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 10 

1

155

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 68, France (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 16 

1

156

ALS to Mother and all (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 18 

1

157

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 69, France (8 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 24 

1

158

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 70 (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 August 28 

1

159

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 72 (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 6 

1

160

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 73, France (8 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 10 

1

161

ALS to Mother and all (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 12 

1

162

ALS to Mother and all, Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 14 

1

163

ALS to Mother and all, Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie (10 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 15 

1

164

ALS to Mother and all, Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 17 

1

165

ALS to Mother and all, (4 pgs w/envelope and La Chambotte flyer) 1918 September 19 

1

166

ALS to Mother and all, Aix-Les-Bains, Savoie (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 21 

1

167

ALS to Mother and all, Paris (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 23 

1

168

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 74 (3 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 26 

1

169

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 75 (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 September 28 

1

170

ALS to Dad and all, Letter No. 76 (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 October 6 

1

171

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 76, Somewhere in France (3 pgs w/envelope) 1918 October 13 

1

172

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 77 (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 October 17 

1

173

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 78 (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 October 21 

1

174

TLS to Brother and Dad (3 pgs w/envelope) 1918 October 23 

1

175

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 80 (12 pgs w/envelope) 1918 October 27 

1

176

Christmas Package Coupon (w/envelope) 1918 November 2 

1

177

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 81, Belgium (8 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 10 

1

178

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 82, Belgium (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 11 

1

179

ALS to Old Ted (5 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 13 

1

180

Mene ALS to JRK (4 pgs w/envelope - in French) 1918 November 14 

1

181

ALS to Dad, Belgium (3 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 15 

1

182

ALS to Bro (1 pg. w/envelope) 1918 November 15 

1

183

ALS to Mother and all, Letter No. 83 (8 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 17 

1

184

ALS to Dad, Belgium (9 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 24 

1

185

ALS to Mother and all, Aire, France (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 November 30 

1

186

ALS to Sister, Vieux-Rouen-sur-Bresle (7 pgs w/envelope) 1918 December 11 

1

187

ALS to Mother and all, near Magny (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 December 16 

1

188

ALS to Mother and all, Hodent (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 December 17 

1

189

ALS to Mother and all, Hodent France (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 December 20 

1

190

ALS to Mother and all, Magny, France (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 December 23 

1

191

ALS to Mother and all, U.S. Marines, France, Villers-la-Bete (8 pages w/envelope) 1918 December 28, 30 

1

192

ALS to Dad and all (4 pgs w/envelope) 1918 [1919] January 4 

1

193

ALS to Mother and all, Charlons sur Marne (6 pgs w/envelope) 1918 [1919] January 14 

1

194

ALS to Mother and all, Charlons sur Marne (4 pgs w/envelope) 1919 January 17 

1

195

ALS to Mother and all, Planet-sur-Anbe (8 pgs w/envelope) 1919 January 23 

1

196

ALS to Father and all, Planet-sur-Anbe (3 pgs w/envelope) 1919 January 30 

1

197

ALS to Mother and all, Arcis sur Aube (5 pgs w/envelope) 1919 February 7 

1

198

ALS to Mother and all, Menton, France (4 pgs w/envelope) 1919 February 12, 14 

1

199

Postcard 1919 February 16 

1

200

ALS to Mother and all, Arcis-sur-Aube (7 pgs w/envelope) 1919 February 25 

1

201

ALS to Mother and all (4 pgs w/envelope) 1919 February 27 

1

202

ALS to Mother and all, Arcis-sur-Aube (4 pgs w/envelope and photograph) 1919 March 1 

1

203

ALS to Mother and all, Arcis-sur-Aube (2 pgs w/envelope) 1919 March 5 

1

204

ALS to Mother and all, Ferrieries (4 pgs w/envelope and Let's Go program) 1919 March 11 

1

205

Postcard to Mother 1919 March 11 

1

206

ALS to Mother and all, Base Camp U.S.A.A.S (4 pgs w/envelope) 1919 March 16 

1

207

ALS to Mother and Dad, Brest, France (4 pgs) 1919 April 7 

1

208

McMichael, Clayton TLS to John (2 pgs) 1919 July 28 

1

209

Envelope ca. 1919 

1

210

Postcard to Mother ca. 1919 

1

211

Trillault, Odette ALS to JRK (2 pgs w/envelope in French) 1921 September 15 

1

212

Trillault, Odette ALS to JRK 1922 December 26 

1

213

Mitchell, Anna F. ALS to JRK (2 pgs) 1923 September 19 

1

214

Fellows, H. A. TLS to JRK (2 pgs w/envelope) 1923 October 9 

1

215

Elz ALS to JRK (8 pgs w/envelope) [1923] October 28, November 8 

1

216

Dallen, Jim ALS to JRK (3 pgs w/envelope) 1923 December 3 

1

217

Holman, Henry W. ALS to JRK (2 pgs w/envelope) 1923 December 4 

1

218

Elf ALS to JRK (1 pg. w/envelope) 1923 December 21 

1

219

Dewar, W. Arthur TLS to JRK (1 pg. w/envelope and enclosure) 1924 May 28 

1

220

Postcard Steble, Dick ALS to JRK 1924, July 23 

1

221

Postcards 1924-1929 

1

222

Eleanor ALS to JRK (4 pgs w/envelope) 1925 May 14 

1

223

Eleanor ALS to JRK (4 pgs w/envelope) 1925 June 19 

1

224

Adams, Eleanor ALS to JRL (4 pgs) 1927 January 11 

1

225

Postcard Joleman, Ethel M. to JKR, Nashua, N.H. 1927 August 19 

1

226

Postcard Steble, Dick ALS to JRK 1928 December 3 

1

227

Elz ALS to JRK (4 pgs w/envelope) Sunday Afternoon [April 14] 

1

228

Trillault, Odette ALS to JRK (?), (2 pgs) n.d. 

1

229

Post Card Peggy to JRK n.d. 

1

230

Post Card to JRK n.d. 

1

231

Dunin, C. ALS to JRK (2 pgs w/envelope in French) n.d. 

1

232

Postcards Trillault, Odette to JRK n.d. 

1

233

Other 

Baird, Mabel Rogers ALS to Mrs. Kessler (4 pgs w/envelope) 1917 May 28 

1

234

Laughton, W.A.L. TL to W. E. Gray (1pg w/envelope) 1917 June 16 

1

235

Franklin, Benjamin TLS to Richard H. Harte (1 pg. w/envelope 1917 October 27 

1

236

Webster, H. A. to Mr. Kessler (2 pgs) 1918 March 12 

1

237

Moscon, G. D. ALS to Mrs. Kessler (12 pgs w/envelope) 1918 March 16 

1

238

AL to Mr. Kessler (1 pg.) 1918 May 21 

1

239

Moscon, G. D. ALS to Mr. Kessler (2 pgs w/envelope) 1918 June 12 

1

240

Postcard from Leisette (in French) 1919 January 23 

1

241

Postcard from Leisette (in French) 1919 February 4 

1

242

Postcard Dear Jean (in French) 1920 December 28 

1

243

Walker, Katherine, ALS to Mr. Fellows (3 pgs) 1922 June 4 

1

244

Tinghier, Nevarbe ALS to Mrs. Kessler (2 pgs) n.d. 

1

245

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World War I Memorabilia 

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Folder

Belgian War Cross Nomination for S.S.U. 504 (in French) 1919 February 18 

1

246

Card Case with photographs, note card, and pass 1919 

1

247

Copy of Orders for Regiment and Division (in French) 1918 March 25, April 6 

1

248

Correspondence Notebook n.d. 

1

249

Croix de Guerre order 1918 December 21 

1

250

Dog Tags n.d. 

 4

 

Evening Ledger "With the Ambulance Units Mobilizing at Allentown for War Service in France" 1917 June 9 

1

251

Extract from Discharge Certificate of Enlisted Man to Secure Victory Medal 1920 June 22 

1

252

Extracts from Letters from Rissel 1917 

1

253

Fourragere n.d. 

 4

 

French Croix de Guerre Diploma 1928 January 26 

6

3

French Flag ca. 1918 

6

2

French Pass 1918 March 3 

1

254

French Red Cross Brassard n.d. 

 4

 

General Order No. 38-A 1919 February 28 

1

255

General Order No. 55: Awards of French Croix de guerre, with silver star (Kessler pg. 34) 1919 April 26 

1

256

History of Section 504 by Kessler (handwritten, 17 pages) n.d. 

1

257

Identification Card 1918 

1

258

Key to Ford Ambulance Driven in France n.d. 

 4

 

Let's Go! program n.d. 

1

259

Meanderings of S.S.U. 504 in Europe 1919 February 25 

1

260

Newspaper Clippings 1917 

1

261

Newspaper Clippings ca. 1919 

1

262

Notebook: "Kessler, S.S.U. 504" 1919 

1

263

Order No. 25 n.d. 

1

264

Order of Transport 1918 September 22 

1

265

The Radiator: The Official Newspaper of the United States Army Ambulance Service with the French Army 

 

 

Vol. 1, No. 1 1918 May 30 

5

1

Vol. 1, No. 2 1918 June 6 

5

2

Vol. 1, No. 3 1918 June 13 

5

3

Vol. 1, No. 4 1918 June 20 

5

4

Vol. 1, No. 6 1918 July 4 

5

5

Vol. 1, No. 10 1918 August 1 

5

6

Vol. 1, No. 11 1918 August 8 

5

7

Vol. 1, No. 12 1918 August 15 

5

8

Vol. 1, No. 13 1918 August 22 

5

9

Vol. 1, No. 14 1918 August 29 

5

10

Vol. 1, No. 15 1918 September 5 

5

11

Vol. 1, No. 17 1918 September 19 

5

12

Vol. 1, No. 18 1918 September 26 

5

13

Vol. 1, No. 21 1918 October 17 

5

14

Vol. 1, No. 24 1918 November 7 

5

15

Vol. 1, No. 26 1918 November 21 

5

16

Vol. 2, No. 1 1918 November 28 

5

17

Vol. 2, No. 4 1918 December 19 

5

18

Holiday Number 1918 December 25 

5

19

Ordre de Mouvement 1918 February 19 

1

266

Permission du Front 1918 

1

267

Piece of Stained Glass from the Church at Verdun after German Bombardment n.d. 

 4

 

Postcard Album (1) ca. 1918 

3

1

Postcard Album (2) ca. 1918 

3

2

Post Exchange 1917 June 21 

5

19

Red Flag ca. 1918 

6

1

Reservation order 1919 February 8 

1

268

"Rissell Kessler Tells of Encounter with Submarine on the Way 'Over There'" The Daily Messenger 1917 December 28 

1

269

Road Maps of France ca. 1918 

 OS 1

 

Tickets 1918 

1

270

U.S. Ambulance Service Patch - French 38th Division (2) n.d. 

 4

 

Victory Medal with Battle Clasps n.d. 

 4

 

"With the Yank En Perm at Aix-Les Bains", Stars and Stripes 1918 September 13 

1

271

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Miscellaneous 

Box

Folder

Association of Army and Navy Stores, Inc. Membership Certificate 1924 

2

1

The Bull Sheet, Vol. V, No. 1 1921 March 7 

2

2

The Bull Sheet, Vol. IV, Issue II 1923 November 22 

2

3

The Bull Sheet - Christmas Number First Post-War Edition Printed in the U.S. n.d. 

2

4

Chemistry Notes n.d. 

2

5

Death Certificate of JRK 1969 February 28 

2

6

Dupont Rayon Industrial Conference, Old Hickory, Tenn. 1928 May 1 

2

7

Envelopes 1919, 1947 

2

8

First Day Covers 1947, 1985 

2

9

Germantown High School Commencement Program 1918 June 26 

2

10

Hymn Cards 1917, 1920 

2

11

Hymn of the Marseillaise n.d. 

2

12

Murray's Muse 1920 May 14 

2

13

Name Plate 1921 

2

14

Newspaper Clipping - "Another Version of The Night Before Christmas" n.d. 

2

15

Newspaper Clippings n.d. 

2

16

Notebook Pages 1928 

2

17

Obituaries JRK 1969 

2

18

Poems - "American Kept Her Pledge", America's Answer" n.d. 

2

19

Reception to the Soldier and Sailor Boys and Girls of Summit 1919 May 8 

2

20

Summit Presbyterian Church Bulletin 1917 November 11 

2

21

The Ten Demandments n.d. 

2

22

U.S. Army Ambulance Service Association Envelope 1958 

2

23

Wedding Invitation Roxalene Howell to Ogden Nevin 1923 April 10 

2

24

Will of JRK 1968 December 16 

2

25

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Photographs 

Box

Folder

France 1918-1919 

2

26

France 1921 August 

2

27

John Rissel Kessler 1917, 1919 

2

28

John Rissel Kessler at Allentown Fairgrounds Boot Camp 1917 

2

29

John Rissel Kessler with Family 1917 

2

30

Pirates Baseball Team (Rissell back right) n.d. 

2

31

S.S.U. 504 11th Div. Flag n.d. 

2

32

Towne Scientific Members of S.S.U. 504 in front of Harrison Laboratory of Chemistry 1919 April 30 

2

33

U.P Unit 1 Sec. 4 U.S.A.A.C., Allentown (annotated on back) 1917 August 

2

34

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Printed Material 

Box

Folder

Foreign Decorations and Translated Citations (Kessler pg. 111) 1923 

2

35

Freemason's Monitor 1868 

 4

 

Gospel of St. Matthew n.d. 

 4

 

History of the United States Army Ambulance Service with the French and Italian Armies, 1917-1918-1919 1967 

2

36

Hollowed Out Book n.d. 

 4

 

Macoy's Masonic Manual 1858 

 4

 

Pennsylvania: A Record of the University's Men in the Great War 1920 October 

2

37

Rand McNally Map of Maine n.d. 

2

38

Red Letter New Testament 1911 

 4

 

USAAC Bulletin 1967 September 

2

39

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