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Collection Matthias Lynaugh
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 699
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1915-1990.
Year Range from 1915
Year Range to 1990
Event World War I
Description Papers and photographs of Matthias J. Lynaugh, a private in the 32nd Division during World War I who was very active in veterans organizations throughout his life. The majority of the collection relates to Lynaugh's involvement with various veterans organziations in the post-World War I period. Three such groups are particularly well-represented: the Old Company G Veterans Association, the American Legion, and La Soci‚t‚ des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (40 et 8). The materials involving these groups do not often relate directly to Lynaugh, but they reflect his interest and membership in the groups by the fact that he collected them. Company G was composed of veterans from the Madison area who fought in the 127th Infantry Regiment, part of the 32nd Division. Its materials include membership and financial records as well as correspondence. Of particular interest is a postcard, sent from Lynaugh while training at Camp MacArthur (Waco, Texas) in 1917, that is in the shape of an artillery shell. Papers from the national, state, and local levels of the American Legion and 40 et 8 are in the collection. Lynaugh's role in graves registration for the Legion is documented through cemetery listings and maps. Other materials in the collection relate to Lynaugh's World War II home front activities and include civil defense schedules from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, political fliers from the 1940 presidential election, and programs for Memorial Day celebrations in Madison. Photographs in this collection are almost entirely unidentified and include shots of an American Legion parade and various pictures of soldiers and dead bodies from World War I.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers 7.2 linear ft. (11 archives boxes and 14 oversized folders)
Photographs 0.8 linear ft. (2 archives boxes)
External Link Finding Aid
Subjects Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Madison.
Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Madison.
Civil defense -- Wisconsin -- Madison.
Cemeteries -- Wisconsin -- Dane County -- Registers.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Registers of dead -- Wisconsin.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1940.
Memorial Day.
Veterans -- Societies, etc.
Patriotic societies -- Wisconsin.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Wisconsin -- Madison.
United States. Army. Division, 32nd.
32nd Division Veterans Association.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 127th. Company G.
American Legion. William B. Cairn Post 57 (Madison, Wis.)
Société des quarante hommes et huit chevaux. Voiture #683 (Dane County, Wis.)
Société des quarante hommes et huit chevaux. Grand voiture du Wisconsin.
Old Company G Veterans Association (Wis.)
Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A.
American Legion. Department of Wisconsin.
Red Arrow Club. Dane County Chapter (Wis.)