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Toulouse Family correspondence (MS.2012.017)

Brown University Library

Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Scope & content

A bound volume of letters written by brothers Eugène, Emile and Jean Toulouse regarding their experiences in the French army during World War I. The letters are all written to Emile by Eugène and Jean and a smattering of friends and cousins. The volume contains about 1,000 items. The correspondence dates from January 3, 1916 to November 17, 1917. It also contains a sheet of dried flowers collected by Eugène in the trenches during March - July 1915. The volume is a homemade scrapbook style volume. Thin strips of paper are gathered into signatures. Each piece of correspondence was then pasted to the strip of paper along one edge. The covers are made of paperboard and cloth and covered with blue paper reminiscent of the color of the French uniforms called "bleu horizon."