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Staudt family papers

Identifier: L532

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of Carl and John M. Staudt's World War I letters and postcards sent to their parents and brother, Lawrence, in Indianapolis, Indiana and to their sister and brother-in-law, Joseph H. and Bertha Brown, in Brownsburg, Indiana from Camp Sherman, Ohio, Camp Merritt, New Jersey, Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island, New York, and from Belgium and France ranging from 1918 to 1919. The collection also contains two postcards sent by Carlos and Clarence Brown, brothers of Joseph H. Brown, letters from family sent to the brothers during the war, and news clippings regarding family members (1881).


  • 1881, 1918-1919


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Carl Staudt and his brother, John M. Staudt, Jr., were from Indianapolis, Indiana and served as privates in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War I. Carl was born January 7, 1894 and John M., Jr. was born the following year on December 5, 1895 in Seymour, Indiana to John M. (1860-1940) and Luella (1860-1932) Staudt. Their sister, Bertha (1891-1970) married Joseph H. Brown (1891-1967) and they lived in Brownsburg, Indiana. They also had a brother named Lawrence (1892-1939).

Carl served in Supply Company, 70th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps (C.A.C.) in New York and France. John served with the Headquarters (HQ) Company, 363 Infantry Regiment in Belgium and France. Both brothers survived the war and returned to Indianapolis. Carl married Anna McDermott (1896-1972) around 1924 and died on February 23, 1938. John never married and died in September, 1964.


Information found within collection. "Carl Edward Staudt." U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963. Accessed September 28, 2015. "Carl Edward Staudt." U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed September 25, 2015. "Carl Edward Staudt." 1930 U.S. Federal Census . Accessed September 28, 2015. "John M. Staudt." 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Accessed September 29, 2015. "John M. Staudt." 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Accessed September 28, 2015. "John Staudt." U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed September 28, 2015. "John Milton Staudt, Jr.." U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed September 25, 2015. "Lawrence Robinson Staudt." U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed September 28, 2015. "Bertha U. Brown." Find a Grave. Accessed September 25, 2015. "Lawrence R. Staudt." Find a Grave. Accessed September 29, 2015.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lois Campbell on 1972/11/22.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by E.M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2024/04/29 by Brittany Kropf.
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