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Francis M. Tompkins created three scrapbooks with images and materials that he collected during his service in WWI from 1917-1920. Most of the images are official army photographs printed on postcard stock. They are labeled on the image and sometimes dated. Additionally, Tompkins provides detailed descriptions of the locations, battles, individuals, and views pictured in the photographs. He describes the movements of the 305th Engineers and the tasks they performed in each location, often building bridges to allow for the movement of soldiers and equipment.

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Collection Size

.75 cubic feet

Publication Date

November 2013


WWI, World War I, First World War, 305th Engineers, 80th Army Division, Camp Lee, War Photography, Armistice


European History | History | Military History | Photography | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-155: Lt. Francis M. Tompkins World War One Scrapbooks