France and Boston: 1918-1919. Album. These matching bound volumes measure 9.5” x 12” and contain approximately 225 letters, passports, visas, identification cards and papers, steamship tickets and brochures, movement orders, train tickets, ration stamps, currency, letterheads, programs, newspaper clippings, pay vouchers, uniform receipts, menus, maps, ticket stubs, luggage stickers, and more. Only two photos, both identification portraits. All of the items, except the passport, are neatly glued to the pages; the passport is attached by corner mounts. Most are organized in chronological sequence. Very good. Item #009097
Allbright was a native of Auburn, New York. After graduating from the Boston Latin School, he attended Hamilton College where he earned a Master’s degree followed by additional studies at Auburn Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and Harvard. Before World War I, Albright served as the pastor of Presbyterian churches in Lewiston New York, Chicago, and La Grange Illinois. He joined the YMCA during World War I and served in France, not in a religious capacity but as a regimental secretary to two 26th Division units, first to the 101st Ammunition Train and later the 103rd Heavy Artillery. One page in this album includes five newspaper articles (three with half-tone portrait photos) recounting details of his service.This is without doubt the best organized and most orderly World War One service worker scrapbook we have handled, and it contains examples of many uncommon YMCA documents.