The Larry A. French Papers document French’s experiences as a soldier in the U. S. Army during World War I. The most significant aspect of the collection is the typed transcript of French’s reminiscences about his war service conducted as part of an oral history project in 1983. This is supplemented by a wartime letter of his mother’s, copies of military enlistment and discharge papers, issues of the army newspaper Stars and Stripes, and other miscellaneous printed matter. Equally significant for documenting the wartime experience is the war journal (1917-1919) kept by Ward Tanner, a member of French’s outfit.
The collection is arranged into three series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1917-1983 and undated; Series 2, Memorabilia, c. 1918-1919; and Series 3, Photographs and Postcards, 1917-1919 and undated.
Method of Acquisition
The Larry A. French Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on July 27, 2004 by French’s son, Larry Thomas French, of Butler, Tennessee.
A United States Army bayonet, circa 1918, was transferred to the B. Carroll Reece Museum.
The collection was processed by Ned Irwin, and it was opened for research in November 2006.