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Basil Monroe Woolley scrapbook

Basil Monroe Woolley scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

Title: Basil Monroe Woolley scrapbook
Creator: Woolley, Basil Monroe, Jr.
Inclusive Dates: 1918
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Collection Number: ms3909
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Basil Monroe Woolley, Jr. served as a lieutenant in the 369th Infantry Regiment, 93 Division, in France during World War I. The 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the "Harlem Hell Fighters," were notable for being the first African-American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Force during World War I. Their valor and success in Europe helped shift American public opinion on African-American soldiers.

Woolley was a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and also attended the Virginia Military Institute. His training took place at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, and later at Fort Oglethorpe near Savannah. He was killed in action, in France, in 1918.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a scrapbook, compiled by Basil Woolley's mother, Dora. The scrapbook contains his letters from France, newspaper clippings, a letter from Woolley's commander, Colonel William Hayward, and photographs. The photographs depict Woolley training at Fort Oglethorpe and his grave in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne France.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Basil Monroe Woolley scrapbook ms 3909, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Fort Oglethorpe (Ga.)
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 369th
Woolley, Basil Monroe, Jr.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France.

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