Guide to the Meyer Later World War I Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1140
Creators:
Later, Meyer, 1895-1984
Dates:
1917-1919
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
3 boxes
Repository:
Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and artifacts documenting Meyer Later, a World War I veteran who served with the United States Army in France between September, 1918 and April, 1919.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Series 1, Personal Correspondence, 1917-1919, consists of Later's personal letters to his family, his brother Abe, and his brother-in-law Bob North dating from January, 1917 to April, 1919. Most of the letters detail his endeavors in areas of eastern France, including Dijon, Paris, and Buzancy. Also included is Later's discharge letter addressed from Commander-in-Chief John J. Pershing
Series 2, Photographs, 1919, contains six photographs taken in various areas of France of Later and other soldiers. One photograph documents Later with other soldiers in Fromereville, France dated January 31, 1919. Another is a group photograph taken in Dijon, France dated May 8, 1919.
Series 3, United States Army, 1918-1919, consists of the Pay Record Book and an Army leave permit related to Later's service in the United States Army.
Series 4, Memorabilia, 1919, contains one silver dog tag with Later's first and last name and a seven digit serial number. Also included are four silk-embroidered handkerchiefs from Paris in 1919.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is organized into four series.
Series 1, Personal Correspondence, 1918-1919
Series 2, Photographs, 1919
Series 3, United States Army materials, 1918
Series 4, Memorabilia, 1917-1919

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Meyer Later was born on August 12, 1895, in Hartford, Connecticut. He grew up in a family of six brothers and three sisters and was known by family and friends as a charming and comical individual. He was educated in Hartford, Connecticut and was drafted into the United States Army in 1918 during World War I. He served between the fall of 1918 and the spring of 1919. During the war, Later was stationed in northern and eastern France including Dijon, Fromereville, and Buzancy. After the war, Later worked with his father and six brothers at the Morris Packing Company, the family's meat packing business in Hartford. Later died in New York, New York in 1984.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Eric Behm (intern), March, 2011; supervised by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist.
Author
Eric Behm
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Stephanie Later, November, 2008.

Using the Collection
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Preferred Citation
Meyer Later World War I Collection, 1917-1919, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Memorabilia -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
France -- 1910-1920 Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1910-1920 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Account books Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
War -- World War I soldiers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Army Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postcards -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1914-1918 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postards -- 1910-1920 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1910-1920 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Connecticut Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
"Brother Al" Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Later, Abe Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North, Bob Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives