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Collection TitleCL 47 Dunn Family CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Douglas Gross and the Estate of Elizabeth Dunn in 2009 and 2010. 

Elmira (N.Y.); World War, 1914-1918 

Historical:John Dunn - John Dunn, son of Bertha and Daniel Dunn, was born June 21, 1891. He served in the New York State National Guard and United States Army during World War I from April 1917 until March 1919.  On April 2, 1818, he married Mary Brown of Elmira.  The two lived on Herrick Street on Elmira's southside.  John held a number of jobs including farmer, laborer, factory worker and chauffeur.  The couple had a daughter, Elizabeth. 
Scope:The Dunn Family Collection includes John Dunn's World War I and veteran's documents, 1917-1933; receipts from area businesses, 1915-1940; Dunn family banking records, 1927-1958; local tax receipts, 1919-1959; miscellaneous personal papers. 
Notes:Shares a box with CL 46.
Extent.25 Linear Feet
Date Span1915-1958
AbstractThis collection contains items related to John Dunn's service in World War I (WWI) as well as Dunn family financial records and personal papers. 

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Book - The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, ca. 1917. Property of Pvt. John Dunn. Book010101
Book - God's Armor: A Prayer Book for Soldiers, 1917. Property of Pvt. John Dunn. Book010102
Pvt. John H. Dunn Certificate of Qualification for Company L, 108th Infantry, Camp Wadsworth, November 9, 1917. Certificate010201
John H. Dunn Allied Veterans of Company L membership card. Membership Card010202
John H. Dunn troop transport quarters and meal ticket, ca. 1918. Ticket010203
John H. Dunn's American Expeditionary Forces Christmas Package Coupon, ca. 1918. Document010204
Souvenir postcard of LaMans, France, ca. 1918. Postcard010205
Letter of Commendation from Major General John F. O'Ryan to the Commanding Officer of the 108th Infantry regarding a unit commendation, October 22, 1918.Letter010206
Honorable Discharge from the National Guard for John Dunn, August 14, 1917.Certificate010207
Honorable Discharge papers from the US Army for John Dunn, March 31, 1919. Document010208
Bureau of War Risk Insurance certificate, February 12, 1918.Certificate010209
Correspondence between John Dunn and the Bureau of War Risk Insurance regarding his policy, November 21, 1818-September 6, 1919. Correspondence 010210
Receipts from the Bureau of War Risk Insurance for premium payments, ca. 1918.Document010211
Letters between the Bureau of War Risk Insurance and John Dunn regarding a possible service related disability. Esamined by Dr. Jones on July 24, 1920. Correspondence is from January 20, 1920 to January 31, 1921.Correspondence010301
Correspondence regarding John Dunn's disability and vocational training, March 24, 1921-March 20, 1924. Includes doctor's notes.Correspondence010302
Award of Disability Compensation for John Dunn, April 2, 1924(2 copies).Document010303
Adjusted Service Certificate with cover letter, January 1, 1925.Document010304
Correspondence regarding John Dunn's compensation claim, October 21, 1925-December 3, 1925.Correspondence010305
Application for the Exemption from Taxation of Real Property Purchased with Pension, Bonus or Insurance MoneyDocument010306
Paperwork regarding a Veteran's Note for a loan for John Dunn, August 1, 1927-February 17, 1930.Correspondence010307
Correspondence regarding John Dunn's disability, July 24, 1929 -August 7, 1933. Includes Prosthetic Appliances Service cards.Correspondence010308
Letter from the Adjutant General to John Dunn denying him a Purple Heart, October 25, 1932.Letter010309
Receipts from the following people & businesses, December 15, 1921 - June 19, 1936: F.J. Creek; Frank H. Allen; Mills & Rockey; William Malcolm; Carl Zimmerman; Zimmerman & Cushing; St. Joseph's Hospital; Prudential Insurance Co. of America; Federal Board for Voacational Education; Elmira Light, Heat and Power Corporation; Elmira Water, Light & Railroad Co.; Linn S. Chapel Co.; Quality Volcanizing Shop; Shepard Relief Hospital Association; The Doane and Jones Lumber Co.; New York Telephone Company; Chas. C. Manning; H. Strauss Inc.; Wolcott Motor Company; Chemung Canal Trust Co.; Edgcomb's Furniture Co.; Carroll C. Keeton General Insurance; Sheely Bros Inc.; Dr. Rollin O. Baker; David C. Blair; M. E. Butler; J.P.& M. Sullivan; Gosper-Killy Inc.; Dr. Bert G. Voorhees; Dr. Thomas J. Burke; Sheehan, Dean & Co.; Personius, Malone and French; Catholic Courier; Empire Home Furnishing Co.; S.J. Bron; The Regina Corporation; W.H. Ritter; Dr. Cassius A. Phillips.Documents010401
Mortgage between Mr. and Mrs. John Dunn and Chemung Valley Savings & Loan Association, May 9, 1927.Document010501
(4) John and Mary Dunn mortgage balance books with Chemung Valley Savings and Loan Association, 1927-1945.Books010502
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