Series 85298
State Historical Society World War I service questionnaires

Dates: i 1914-1918.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains military service questionnaires and photographs of Utah's World War I veterans compiled by the Utah State Historical Society shortly after the war. The forms were sent to veterans or their families to complete and return.

The survey was the result of a request by Governor Bamburger to the State Council of Defense that a War History of the State be compiled. By 1920 when the Council had disbanded, the project was continued by the Utah State Historical Society who hired Dr. Andrew L. Neff to write the history. By 1926 the production of an all encompassing work proved overwhelming, and it was learned that the federal government was compiling similar information to be filed with the state adjutant general. Therefore the project was abandoned as infeasible and a duplication of effort.

The form included general information, induction information, oversea service data, promotions, casualties, and remarks. General information gives the veteran's name; home address; camp or oversea address; birth date and place; race; parents' names; occupation before entering service; employer and employer's address; marital status, and if married, wife's name; and the number and names of children. Induction information gives date of induction; method of induction (selective service or volunteer); branch of service; name and number of company and regiment; division; commanding officer; if in the navy, the name of ship; other organizations the individual had belonged to; name of first and later training camps with the time spent in each; and remarks. Oversea Service lists date of transport overseas, place of oversea service, and remarks. The promotions section lists rank at entrance to service; previous military training; promotions with date of each; date of discharge, if applicable; citations for bravery, etc.; and remarks. Casualties lists date and place if killed in action; date, place, and disease if died of illness; date, place, and nature of wounds if wounded in action; date, place, and details if died of accident or other causes; and remarks.

At the end there was a place for the signature of the person completing the questionnaire. This was followed by a note which stated: "Send photograph. Record will be incomplete without photograph. Enclose interesting incidents, clippings, letters, and other material which should be made part of record. Don't neglect this opportunity to have your boy properly represented on the permanent records of Utah." Many of the questionnaires are accompanied by a photograph of the serviceman. A few were also accompanied by letters or newspaper clippings.

This material is present in two forms: 1) Microfilm 2) Boxed copies of original photographs and individually jacketed sections of microfilm. The original papers, except photos, were apparently discarded. The microfilm shows the questionnaire, the photograph, and any accompanying papers. The boxed copy contains the original photograph and individually jacketed portions of the microfilm as they pertain to a single individual. In rare cases, where only the photograph was present (ie. missing jacketed microfilm), it is usually accompanied by a form 724-1 A.G.O. This form is a 4x6 inch note card furnished to the states by the U.S. Adjutant General's Office. These cards similarly summarize the individual's service record.


Some which were missed during the initial filming were filmed on the last reel. The boxed information is entirely alphabetical.

Related Records

World War I draft board registers from the Department of Administrative Services (Utah). Division of Archives and Records Service, Series 2229, contains additional data on some of the same World War I draftees.

World War I records from the State Historical Society, Series 6307, contains a few questionnaires and much correspondence pertaining to their development by the State Council of Defense and then the Historical Society.

Military service cards from the Department of Administrative Services (Utah). Division of Archives and Records Service, Series 85268, contains service information on many of these same WWI veterans, including 724-1 forms which ocassionally appear in this series.

Custody History

The questionnaires were collected by the Historical Society shortly after the war. Found in 1960 in a National Guard warehouse at Ft. Douglas, they were transferred to the Military Records Section of the Society for cleaning and alphabetizing.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Microfilmed in 1975, originals except photos apparently discarded. Archivally processed 1990 by A.C. Cone. A few additional photographs and questionnaires were located by the Historical Society in 1998. They were given to the Archives and filmed as part of the addendum reel, reel 25, in 1999; the photographs were then interfiled in the regular alphabetical sequence.

A few questionnaires on the original paper were separated from photographs in 2017, now in box 12.

Indexing Terms

  • World War, 1914-1918--Veterans--Utah.
  • Military history--Utah--1914-1918.

Container List

1 1 Abbott, Arthur-Bagen, James
2 1 Bagen, James-Beesley, Jerold
3 1 Beesley, Jerold-Bird, Reuben
3 2 Birt, Joseph-Bowman, Robert
4 2 Bowman, Robert-Butler, John
5 2 Butler, Maude-Chytraus, Karl
5 3 Clapp, Roger-Clement, Marion
6 3 Clements, William-Cutlip, Luther
7 3 Dabb, Clarence-Dunham, Starr
8 3 Dunlop, Earl-Dyson, William
8 4 Earl, Frank-Fitzgerald, Maurice
9 4 Fitzgerald, Michael-Gordon, Lynn
10 4 Gore, Herbert-Grimm, Lenhart
10 5 Grimshaw, Clarence-Hart, Clyde
11 5 Hartley, Harry-Hunter, George
12 5 Hunter, Archie-Ivory, James
12 6 Jack, George-Jones, Heber
13 6 Jones, Henry-Larson, Newel
14 6 Larson, Olaf-Lewis, W.
14 7 Lichfield, William-McCurdy, Howard
15 7 McDaniel, Council-Miles, Raymond
16 7 Miles, Richard-Mortenson, Martin
16 8 Morton, Harry-Nelson, Wilford
17 8 Nelson, William-Paxman, Charles
18 8 Paxman, Frank-Pleacturas, Atostolas
18 9 Poelman,Walter-Rackley, Walter
19 9 Radmall, Reuben-Rowberry, Don
20 9 Rowe, Dudley-Shurtz, John
20 10 Sidwell, Edward-Slade, Jefferson
21 10 Slater, Roxy-Stewart, John
22 10 Stewart, John-Tix, Henry
22 11 Tobiason, Roland-Tracy, Abraham
23 11 Treharne, William-Wetzel, Francis
24 11 Whalen, Walter-Zwahlen, Samuel
25 Argyle, Clarence
25 Anderson , Charles Henry
25 Bacon, Charles L
25 Beal, David Oval
25 Barrons, John Reese
25 Barnett, Russell W
25 Barnes, Horace
25 Bates, Ronald
25 Buesland, Aoge
25 Werner, Guy
25 Welti, Walter
25 Wilder, William
25 Webster, Joseph
25 Warning, John
25 Warburton, Preston Edward
25 Wanburg, Wilford Richard
25 Wanberg, David
25 Wallace, Jonathan Alonzo
25 Walbeck, Charles
25 Vincent, Paul
25 Childs, Luther Paul
25 Chadwick, GL
25 Casady, Alden
25 Carter, William
25 Abbott, George
25 Chappelle, Arthur
25 Christensen, Peteris
25 Clayton, William Arthur
25 Clegg, Henry
25 Clemensen, GW
25 Clemensen, George
25 Clemensen, Newton
25 Clement, Charles
25 Snyder, Elmer S
25 Smyth, Frank
25 Stephens, Chester
25 Dooley, Joseph
25 Dorrity, Rural King
25 Edgar, Clarence
25 Epperson, Simon Day
25 Falck, Joseph
25 Evans, Oscar
25 Hoyt, Dale
25 Heninger, Preston
25 Neal, Grandon
25 Nielson, Paul Eugene
25 Robinson, Lawrence Daniel
25 Ramson , Thomas
25 Rankins, Robert Eccles
25 Ramsey, Poko
25 Robertson, Myron
25 Richardson, Horace
25 Phillips, Melvin Truman
25 Blythe, Lawrence
25 Bird, Rueban
25 Biddlecone, Aaron
25 Benson, Wilford Carson
25 Bennion, Willard
25 Bennion, Howard
25 Bell, William
25 Belnap, Stanton
25 Cahoon , Arthur
25 Burton, Guy
25 Burris, Golden
25 Bult, John
25 Buckwell, Albert Edward
25 Buckley, W
25 Browning, Val
25 Browning, Walter Lloyd
25 Brown , Richard Mark
25 Brown , Horace
25 Brown, Frank
25 Brown, Clarence
25 Brown, Albert Henry
25 Brock, Fred
25 Brisk, Meyer
25 Brennan, Francis
25 Bracken, Arnold
25 Bracken, Ross
12 1 A (original paper)
12 2 C (original paper)
12 3 K (original paper)

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