Guide to the Gustaf A. Nelson Papers, 1915-1924
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Nelson, Gustaf A., 1894-1975
Title Gustaf A. Nelson Papers
Extent 2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection consists of Gustaf A. Nelson’s Norwich University scrapbook or “memory book,” of photographs and Norwich memorabilia. Topics of interest within the scrapbook include athletics, a football injury he sustained on 13 September 1915, World War I, First Squadron of the First Vermont Cavalry, the Mexican border crisis of 1916, a recruiting station for the 1st Vermont Infantry in Bennington, VT, correspondence with friends, and Norwich social events. Also available with the collection is Gus Nelson’s correspondence, 1949-1975 and World War I papers, 1918-1919 (in Box 2). Photographs of the Friends of the Library and other Norwich groups, ca. 1970s are also included as well as Nelson’s 1924 B. A. degree from Norwich (OSD3.1).
About Gustaf Nelson
Gustaf “Gus” Nelson of Northfield, VT, received a B. A. degree from Norwich University. He was originally from Indian Orchard, MA. Gus Nelson entered Norwich in September 1915 as a member of the class of 1919, but his education was interrupted by World War I. He returned to Norwich after the war and graduated with the class of 1924. Gus Nelson enlisted in the Vermont infantry with the 102nd Machine Gun Battalion of the Yankee Division on 8 April 1917; he was discharged from active duty as a first lieutenant, 15 August 1919. While at Norwich, he was class president (class of 1924) and a member of the glee club. He also served on the staffs of the War Whoop, the Guidon and the Reveille. He played football and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Pi fraternity. Gus Nelson organized the Friends of the Norwich University Library in 1967. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Gus Nelson.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
• Nelson, Gustaf A., 1894-1975 -- Archives.
• Norwich University -- History -- 20th century.
• United States. -- Army -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
• United States. -- Army -- History -- Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916.
• World War, 1914-1918.
• Football injuries.
The collection is open; however, 48 hours notice is required to access these materials.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Gustaf A. Nelson Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Here’s an example from the collection:
Gustaf A. Nelson Scrapbook, 1915-1924. Gustaf A. Nelson Papers, Box 1, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Collection Location: Archives B14
Language(s) of Material: English
Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheet music for the song, “The Spirit of Old N.U.” by Gus Nelson is also available in the archives (in OSD3.4)
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