Diary of Thomas C. Key, musician, 357th Infantry Band, American Expeditionary Forces
This World War I diary of Thomas Clarke Key documents his military service from 1917 to 1919 as a musician in the 357th Infantry Band of the American Expeditionary Forces, including his tour of duty from 1918 to 1919 in France and Germany. Included are Key's notes of his subsequent civilian employment in Kansas from June 1919 to 1949, and notes of his Key family history.
- Creation: 1917-1919, with additions to 1949
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Biography of Thomas C. Key, 1896-1959
Thomas C. Key was born at Steelville (Crawford County), Missouri on January 19, 1896 to Samuel A. and Sarah L. Keys. On September 19, 1917, he was called to military service at Camp Travis, Texas, where he was assigned to Company F of the 357th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Forces. On March 24, 1918, he was designated a band musician in the Signal Platoon of Headquarters Company. He went to Europe on June 10, 1918, where he served in France and Germany from 1918 to 1919. With his military discharge in June 1919, he rejoined his wife Edna in Kansas, and in subsequent years was employed in banking in various Kansas communities. He died November 7, 1959.
1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder)
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On 108 numbered pages of his diary, Thomas C. Key documents his military service from 1917 to 1919 as a band musician in the 357th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, and his World War I service from 1918 to 1919 in France and Germany. On an additional 56 pages are Key's notes of his subsequent civilian employment in Kansas from June 1919 to 1949; his transcriptions of military poems, essays, and military burial rites; brief notes of Key family history (including Francis Scott Key), and post-war postal addresses of Key's military comrades. Affixed to the diary's title page is a photograph of his wife, Edna Alma Key.
RH MS B75
RH MS P648
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 2005.
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- Diary of Thomas C. Key, musician, 357th Infantry Band, American Expeditionary Forces
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Diary of Thomas C. Key, musician, 357th Infantry Band, American Expeditionary Forces, Kansas Collection, RH MS B75, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries