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Collection of World War I Artifacts Added to the Archives

Wilkes University Archives is excited to announce that the Gwenn Clifford Smith ’50 collection of World War I artifacts, 1918-[1961] is now processed and digitized.  

Logan Yeakel, a senior secondary education and history major, completed an academic internship for the Archives in spring 2021 in which he processed, transcribed and digitized the collection.

During spring and summer 2021, Megan Tindell, a graduate of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, translated French radio logbook entries that are part of this archival collection. Tindell majored in English and French at Elizabethtown College. She was in the honors program, graduated cum laude and studied abroad in Southern France at the Institute of American Universities (IAU) her junior year. She started formally learning French in third grade, influenced by her French Canadian grandmaman. Tindell is currently working as a screenwriter and a production assistant in the film industry in Los Angeles, California.

The Gwenn Clifford Smith collection of World War I artifacts, 1918-[1961], was donated to the Wilkes University Archives by Jeanne Young, the executor of Gwenn Smith’s will. This military collection, originally belonging to Smith’s father, Albert Clifford, interested Yeakel, who spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Yeakel plans to pursue a master’s in history at Wilkes with the goal of becoming a teacher.

Check out Yeakel’s blog to review the finding aid, digitized collection and transcript of the radio logbook.