Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Paul B. Hendrickson World War I collection, 1914-1950 MS 694

creator Hendrickson, Paul B., 1896-1990
Title: Paul B. Hendrickson World War I collection
Dates: 1914-1950
Dates (Bulk): 1917-1919
Identification: MS 694
Quantity: 7 Cubic Feet(8 boxes + map drawer)
Quantity: 1.18 GB Gigabytes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Paul B. Hendrickson was born October 8, 1896 in rural Crawford County, Illinois near the town of Palestine. He attended school in Crawford County until 1905 when the family moved to Newell Township in Vermilion County. He graduated April 28, 1911.

Hendrickson enlisted on April 12, 1917 in Danville, Illinois in the Band, Headquarters Co, 5th Illinois Infantry National Guard, serving in the first enlistment. The regiment initially trained at Camp Parker in Quincy, Illinois. While there, he studied bugling and map drawing. On September 14, 1917, he travelled to Camp Logan, a newly created training camp in Houston, Texas. Hendrickson arrived at Camp Logan on September 17, 1917. Upon arrival, he was appointed Sgt Bugler, instructing the Buglers of the Regiment, mounted and drilled with the Scouts, studied visual signaling and Telegraphy, continued map drawing, completing a large and detailed map of Camp Logan and surrounding territory.

The Illinois National Guard was mobilized at Camp Logan, Texas, and there, except for four units, was reorganized into the 33d Division under the command of Major General George Bell, Jr. The insignia for the 33rd is a yellow cross on black circle, a combination of the divisional colors. Yellow was chosen because it was the only color paint available in Texas when the division was assembling its equipment. Hendrickson joined the Headquarter Company 3rd Illinois Infantry. He received a Commission on November 12, 1917 and was made Corporal in Signal Platoon. While at Camp Logan, he trained in trench warfare, open formation maneuvers, and rifle range practice.

He arrived in France on May 24, 1918. He served in the Amiens sector, July 21-August 18; Verdun sector, September 9 - October 17; and St. Mihiel sector, November 7-11, 1918. He returned to the U.S. on May 22, 1919 and was honorably discharged from the Military Service on June 6, 1919.

He married Cecil Frances Rife on March 25, 1923. He worked as an electician for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad until 1961. He died on September 4, 1990.

Scope and Contents

The Paul B. Hendrickson World War I collection contains correspondence written by Hendrickson to his family back home during his time in service. The letters were to his mother and to the girl next door, Cecil Frances Rife, whom he later married. There is a diary kept during the year he was in France and almost 300 postcards which were sent home either individually or in envelopes.

The collection also includes negatives and photographs taken at Camp Parker in Quincy, Illinois, and at Camp Logan in Houston, Texas, and maps he drew of both camps, military uniforms and military kit.

Also included are digital files created by James V. Gill in creation of a website documenting Hendrickson's wartime experience.


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Access

Request access to digital material (stored on Fondren Library's nearline / non-public server) by contacting Woodson Research Center staff at woodson@rice.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Paul B. Hendrickson World War I collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Rice University.

Index Terms

World War (1914-1918)
Soldiers -- Correspondence
Texas -- Camp Logan

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul B. Hendrickson World War I collection, 1914-1950, MS 694, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Betty S. Gill (daughter of Paul B. Hendrickson) and her husband James V. Gill in June 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Correspondence 1917-1925

Scope and Contents
The bulk of the correspondence are letters written from Paul B. Hendrickson during his time in service in Quincy, Illinois April 1917-September 1917; Camp Logan, Houston, Texas September 1917-April 1918; and Europe (France and Luxembourg) May 1918-May 1919. Letters were written to his mother and father, and friend Cecil Francis Rife (whom he later married). There are also postcards purchased as souvenirs or sent as correspondence.
Box Folder
1 1 April - August 1917
2 September - December 1917
3 January - December 1918
4 January - May 1919
5 Incoming Correspondence 1918-1919
6 Military correspondence 1920-1925
Sub-Series: Postcards
Box Folder
1 7 Illinois: Quincy, Danville
8 Texas: Camp Logan
9 Texas: Houston, Galveston
10 France: Paris
11 France: Contes, Cannes, Tourette de Levens
12 France: Nice
13 France, Monaco: Vielle, La Turbie, Monte Carlo
14 France: Lambezellec, Brest, Ile St. Honorat, Ile Sante-Marguerite
15 Italy
16 Luxembourg, France: Dippach, Nevers, Esch-Alzette, Villerupt
17 Luxembourg: Echternach
18 Luxembourg: Larochette, Ettelbruck
19 Luxembourg: Vianden
20 American Expeditionary Forces - Europe
21 U.S. Army; Life in the U.S. Army Cantonment; Camp Upton, Long Island, NY
22 U.S. Training Camps: Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.; Camp MacArthur, Waco, TX.; Camp Merritt, NJ; Camp Pontanezen; Camp Lee
23 U.S.S. Leviathan
24 War Effort/Propaganda
25 Paul B. Hendrickson postcard and calling card

Series II: Printed, Visual Materials, and Ephemera

Box Folder
1 25 Cartes du Front: Vosges et Alsace
26 Christmas Dinner Menu, Headquarters Troop 33rd Division 129 Infantry, Ettelbruck, Luxembourg 1918
27 Diary from the Front 1918-05-02-1919
28 Eiffel Tower description manuscript
29 General Orders 1918-1919
30 Honorable Discharge from the United States Army
31 Newsclippings
32 129th Infantry Band Members roster
33 Paul B. Hendrickson pay record book
34 Request for examination for commission 1918-01-24
35 Service Recognition Board
36 War Risk Term Insurance
Sub-Series: Publications
Box Folder
1 37 The ABC of Freemasonry: a book for beginners 1915
38 America's Army and its part in the Great War circa 1918
39 Basic Field Manual: Defense Against Chemical Attack 1940
40 The Chicago Daily News War Book for American Soldiers, Sailors and Marines 1918
2 David Copperfield. Dickens, Charles.
Box Folder
1 41 Defensive Measures against Gas Attacks 1917-11
42 Democracy and the War: Address of President Wilson and Others
43 English-French Handbook for the Use of U.S. soldiers
2 Facts about France: brief answers to recurring questions (2 copies) 1918
Box Folder
1 44 Foreign Phrases in Daily Use
45 Friend of Enemy? 1916
46 Landscape Sketching 1917
47 Military Map Reading 1915
48 Military Training Division. Officers' Reserve Corps Training 1917-08-18
2 The Mother Tongue. Book II. An Elementary English Grammar 1901
Box Folder
1 49 Record of Events and Roster of the 129th U.S. Infantry 1917-1919
50 Roster and Roll Call
51 Signal Book, U.S. Army 1916
52 Stall and Dean Official Base Ball rules and Lawn Tennis Laws 1915
53 The Story of the 33rd Division 1919
54 Tourist Guides - France
55 Tourist Guides - Luxembourg
56 When You Get Home - American Red Cross
57 "Where Do We Go from Here?"
58 33rd Division, A.E.F.
3 The 33rd Division. Across No Man's Land. Photolog by Sergeant First Class Barnett W. Harris. 1917-1919
8 4 glass plate negatives [Hendrickson in uniform (2), Hendrickson and fellow soldier (1), unidentified soldier (1)]
WRC vault WRC vault
Conditions Governing Use
Flaking glass plates: handle with extreme caution. Use digitized copy.
Box Folder
1 59 Negatives
60 Pencil sketch of Ward 25. Monastery - Echternach, Luxembourg
Sub-series: Ephemera
Box Folder
1 61 Commemorative coins - Verdun
62 German and French currency
62 Ticket stubs
2 European coins
Sub-Series: Oversize materials
drawer item
143 1 War Game World Map: Compliments of the Chicago Sunday Tribune 1914-08-23
2 Nouvelle Carte de France, undated
3 Map of Western Europe, National Geographic magazine 1950-12
4 Map of the United States. Designed Specially for Franklin Institute, Rochester, New York, 1895 (reprint)
5 Map of Germany and its Approaches, National Geographic magazine 1944-07
6 Map of "Camp Logan, Houston, Tex." west end of Houston of Bayou and Roads south of Camp Logan. Drawn by Paul B. Hendrickson 1918-01-12
7 Map of France with Trenches. Ordnance survey with hand drawn notations 1918-04
8 Panorama, Camp Dodge, Iowa (rolled)
9 Panorama "Birds eye View", Camp Dodge, Iowa 1917-11
10 Panorama Camp Dodge, Iowa postcard
11 Panorama 129th U.S. Infantry, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas 1917-11
12 Panorama 129th Infantry Band, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas "Just Back from France" (rolled) 1919-05
13 "Road sketch 5th St. and 12th St. and Bottom Roads, north of Quincy, Illinois." Drawn by Paul B. Hendrickson 1917

Series III: Uniforms, military kit

Army trunk
Woodson Annex Woodson Annex
2 First Aid Packet - U.S. Army issue
Leather passbook + wallet
Leather pistol holster
Leather swiss army knife holder
Twinplex razor blade stropper in leather case
Valet Auto Strop Razor kit
Wood combs (2)
3 33rd Division helmet
German style helmet
4 Medals
Scope and Contents
Includes: Croix de Guerre 1914-1915; 2 Bavarian style military merit cross; Iron Cross
Gas mask with canvas hose
1 pair of puttees
Buttons, studs, and Insignia
Scope and Contents
Includes: U.S. Army uniform buttons, 2 screw-collar buttons "ILL."; 2 screw-collar buttons "USNG"; 1 screw band insignia; 1 "Hertfordshire Regiment" button; 1 button "Maurice Bourdon Paris"; 1 button "T F Paris"; Australia Commonwealth insignia
Canvas shoulder sling
5 Summer Service uniform
Two overseas caps with insignia (1 musician, 1 signal corps)
6 Corporal Chevrons
6 Winter Service uniform with 129th collar insignia, The World War I Victory Medal ribbon with 2 stars
7 Grenade (disarmed)
WRC Vault WRC Vault
Artillery shell (spent)
WRC Vault WRC Vault
Bullets (spent)
WRC Vault WRC Vault