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H. C. Tinsley Collection Relating to John J. Pershing

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Jul 2017

Biographical History

According to information provided by the donor of this material, Howard Carnes Tinsley (1876-1928) was an American soldier during World War I. He is listed as a staff member assigned to HQ COD [Combat Operations Division?], LoC [Lines of Communication] and later served as American Vice Consul to Uruguay. At some point during his military career he evidently served in some administrative capacity with General John J. Pershing.

John Joseph Pershing (1860-1948) was an American career military officer best know for his service in Europe during World War I. A graduate of West Point, Pershing had a long military career, serving in the Spanish-American War, the Philippines Insurrection, and the Mexican Expedition. During World War I, Pershing was appointed Commander-in-Chief of American Expeditionary Forces in France. When the war ended, he served as Chief of Staff to the United States Army. In 1919, he was awarded the title "General of the Armies of the United States" by Congress, the highest possible rank at the time, making him the only officer in U.S. history to hold the title other than George Washington. He retired in 1924. His memoirs, My Experiences in the World War, were awarded the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for history. During World War II he was a strong advocate of aid to Britain.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The H. C. Tinsley Collection Relating to John J. Pershing consists of memorabilia, printed material, and writings relating to General John J. Pershing, U.S. Army.

Memorabilia consists of a typed document concerning World War I battlefields in France, various invitations and programs for events honoring General Pershing upon his return the U.S., and a list of staff salaries and assignments, including H.C. Tinsley. There is also a color photocopy of three photographs.

Printed material contains several issues of "The Transport Ace," a newsletter printed by and for those aboard the USS Leviathan, and a small commemorative booklet printed for American soldiers heading home.

Writings are all by Pershing (or, possibly, by a speechwriter for him). There is a copy of Pershing's final formal report as Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, and several speeches given by Pershing to ladies' clubs, high schools, and other civilian groups in late 1919 and early 1920.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type or title.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948.
Tinsley, Howard Carnes.

Corporate Bodies

Leviathan (Steamship)
United States. -- Army -- Officers.


Battlefields -- France -- 1910-1920.
Generals -- United States.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France.


United States -- History -- 1919-1933.
United States -- History, Military.

Genres and Forms

Programs (documents)
Speeches (documents)


Soldiers -- 1910-1920.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

H. C. Tinsley Collection Relating to John J. Pershing,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert C. Sewell, whose grandfather was Tinsley's nephew.

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Printed material