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Claude Bywater papers

Identifier: c-00143

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Bywater's letters to family members in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1917-1918). The collection also contains his draft notice, a note of welcome from King George V to American soldiers, and documents relating to Bywater's death and burial. Also included is a tintype portrait of Roger McDowell.


  • Creation: 1917-1918, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.


Claude Bywater of Grand Rapids, Michigan, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917 with the intention of going overseas, but after a prolonged illness he was discharged from service. In 1918 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to France, where he was wounded in action. He died in an army hospital in Vittel, France, on October 22, 1918, and was buried in a local cemetery.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Mable Lee, 1959-01-04. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Claude Bywater Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
March 1965
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US