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Peter Bernard Kyne war correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [Coll 398] 1
Identifier: Coll 398

Scope and Contents

Correspondence written while Kyne served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War was mostly written while he was stationed in Manila. His letters describe army life, and the conditions of the city of Manila and its residents. He also describes battles, insurgents, fellow solders, and officers.

Letters written between the wars refer to his voyage home after his discharge, and visits with relatives in San Francisco.

There is one letter written from France, on October 3, 1918, where he writes about his experience thus far. His signature notes that he was a captain serving with the American Expeditionary Force.

The collection also includes a discharge notice from service in the Spanish-American War.


  • 1898-1918


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Peter Bernard Kyne (1880 - 1957 ) was born in San Francisco, where he lived the greater part of his life. He became a writer of novels, short stories, and articles. When still under 18, he lied about his age and enlisted in Company L, 14th U.S. Infantry, which served in the Philippines from 1898-1899.

The Spanish-American War and the following insurrection of General Emilio Aguinaldo provided background for many of Kyne's later stories.

In 1910, Kyne married Helene Johnston. During World War I, he saw action as a captain in Battery A of the 144th field Artillery, known as the California Grizzlies. This experience again provided material for future stories.


0.025 linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Peter Bernard Kyne (1880 - 1957) a soldier who served in the Spanish American War and WWI, became an author whose war experience provided the background for many of his later stories. The collection (1898-1918) contains correspondence written while Kyne served in the Philippines, during his discharge between wars, and a later letter written in France during WWI.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Peter Bernard Kyne at Special Collections and University Archives include: Peter Bernard Kyne papers, Ax 732; Peter Bernard Kyne letter, SFM 110.

Physical Description

1 folder.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA