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This collection contains Claibourne Watkins Conway’s handwritten diary about his military service in World War I, newspaper clippings regarding the war, and Young Men's Christian Association printed ephemera on accommodations in Nice, France as well as automobile excursions for Americans.

Biographical/Historical Note

Claibourne Watkins Conway was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 20th, 1894 to Fredrick and Alice Conway. Claibourne had family ties to prominent figures in Arkansas. He was a direct descendant of William Savin Fulton, Arkansas’s last territorial Governor, and James Sevier Conway, the first Governor of the state of Arkansas. Claibourne attended Civilian Training Camp in Plattsburgh, New York, and Officers’ Training Camp at Ft. Logan Roots in Arkansas. The Civilian Training Camps in Plattsburg were volunteer pre-enlistment programs ran by private U.S. citizens prior to World War I. The camps trained potential Army officers during the summers of 1915 and 1916. Claibourne attended this camp from July 5, 1916 through August 8, 1916. He was drafted into federal service on August 5, 1917 as a Second Lieutenant and by September 1918 he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant. Claibourne served overseas in France during World War I from August of 1918 till June 1919, when he came back to Arkansas.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Claibourne Watkins Conway WWI diary, SMC.0172.0005


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Claibourne Watkins Conway WWI diary, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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