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Collection Number RG5342.AM
Collection Name RG5342 Abernethy, Harry Collins, 1874-1934
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box
Title Harry C. Abernethy papers
Date or Date Span 1881-1934
Year Range from 1881
Year Range to 1934
Admin/Biographical History Harry C. Abernethy was born May 25, 1874, on a farm near Wilbur, Nebraska, the son Josephine and George Abernethy. Harry had one sister, Laura, and three brothers, Will, G.E., and Jason. At the age of 5 he moved with his family to Johnson County, Nebraska. After living here for 22 years, he and his family moved to Ord, Nebraska. In 1917 he enlisted in the Army and served 13 months, mostly in France in the American Signal Corps, where he was a photographer. In 1927 he moved with his sister to California, returning to Nebraska in 1933. He died March 28, 1934, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Scope & Content The collection is arranged in four series: 1) Correspondence 1917-1919; 2) Personal Daybook, 1917-1918; 3) Biographical materials; and 4) Miscellaneous.

The majority of the collection is composed of letters (Series 1) Harry wrote to his brothers Jason and G.E. while he was serving in France during World War I. The letters were supplemented by his personal daybook (Series 2) written at the same time. Topics include military life (food, YMCA entertainment, traveling, his job, and opinions on the war, etc.); the terrain, flora, and fauna, roads, trains, and farming techniques of England and France; and personal expenses, weather, and family. The biographical materials of Series 3 include military papers and an obituary/memorial book written by his sister Laura. Series 4, Miscellaneous contains photocopies of Abernethy/Anderson family history, Valley County, Nebraska, history and three books owned by Harry Abernethy.
Creator Abernethy, Harry Collins, 1874-1934
Finding Aids Harry C. Abernethy collection description
Subjects Military life
World War I
People Abernethy, Harry Collins, 1874-1934
Search Terms Abernethy family
Anderson family
Military life
Soldiers -- Nebraska
Valley County (Neb.) -- History
World War, 1914-1918