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Harold Wilson Scott collection

Identifier: L553

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 75 letters written by Harold Wilson Scott to his parents during World War I describing where he is stationed in Europe, his duties, and plans for work following discharge as well as other aspects of military life during the Great War. Also included are photographs, postcards, two World War I helmets, a German gas mask, military spurs and belt. Items in collection range in date from 1917 to 1931.


  • 1917-1931


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

2nd Lieutenant Harold Wilson Scott was born in Jefferson County, Indiana on May 9, 1894 to parents, David Wilson Scott and Mary Keel Scott. Harold spent time at Purdue University as an Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) student and subsequently commissioned at Fort Benjamin Harrison in August 1917. After three months of training, he was sent to France. Scott spent time in the 5th division of the famed Rainbow Division. Following the Armistice, he continued to serve in Europe, largely in France. Eventually returning to the United States, Scott finished school at Purdue, got married, and moved to Chicago, Illinois where he became a chief chemist for a paint company. Scott died in 1931.


Scott, Dale W. "Letters from a Lieutenant in the Great War." August 2008.


2.3 Cubic Feet (2 oversize boxes and 1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Colonel Dale W. Scott on 2008/07/18 and 2013.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/03/14 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2017/03/14 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.