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Harold D. Newton Papers

 Collection
Identifier: mss-135

Scope and Content Note

The Harold D. Newton Papers contain two diaries and four letters written by Newton, as well as newspaper clippings. All the material refers to the participation of Company K of the First Vermont Infantry in the Mexican-American encounter of 1916. American troops were sent to Eagle Pass, Texas in June 1916, but never crossed the border or participated in any action before returning to Vermont in October of the same year. Together, the material helps to present a picture of the life of a typical soldier at this time. Harold's letters (commonly addressed to his mother) relate news about camp life, his studies, his friends, his plans for the future, and requests for goods from home. Some were written from Texas and others describe Fort Ethan Allen.

Dates

  • 1916

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Dennis Newton was born in Hartland, Vermont to Dennis and Emily Newton in 1895. He had two younger brothers, Earle and Elmer. Harold first enlisted in the Army 1915 as a Sergeant in Company C of the Vermont National Guard. He commanded the Second Light Infantry and was assigned with the 303rd Infantry, 76th Division. He was promoted to First Lieutenant. He next served in Company K of the First Vermont Infantry during the Mexican-American encounter of 1916. He married Jennie Craigue (1896-1963) in 1918. They had two children, Miriam and Craig. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1920 having studied electrical engineering. He worked as a patent attorney for General Electric and RCA Victor. He also served in World War II, from his enlistment in 1941 to June of 1946. Harold died in New Jersey in 1986.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

The Harold D. Newton Papers contain two diaries and four letters written by Newton, as well as newspaper clippings. All the material refers to the participation of Company K of the First Vermont Infantry in the Mexican-American encounter of 1916. American troops were sent to Eagle Pass, Texas in June 1916, but never crossed the border or participated in any action before returning to Vermont in October of the same year.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Harold D. Newton Papers
Status
Completed
Date
2018 July
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)