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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Harold E. Goettler Collection 1909-1968

© 2008 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Goettler, Harold E. Collection

Dates:

1909-1968

Size:

6.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Harold E. Goettler was a University of Chicago graduate (1914) who joined the United States Air Service in 1917. Goettler was killed in the line of duty during World War I, while flying supply runs to Allied troops trapped by Germans in the Argonne Forest. This collection contains memorabilia of Goettler's days as a student, including an exceptionally large and elaborate scrapbook representing his academic, athletic and social activities at University of Chicago. Also included are memorabilia from his time in the Air Service.

Information on Use

Access

Open for research. No restrictions

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Goettler, Harold E., [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Harold E. Goettler was a University of Chicago graduate (1914) who joined the United States Air Service in 1917. Goettler was killed in the line of duty during World War I, while flying supply runs to Allied troops trapped by Germans in the Argonne Forest (the infamous "Lost Batallion"). In recognition for his service, 1st Lt. Harold E. Goettler was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, one of only four U.S. airmen to receive that distinction.

Scope Note

This collection contains memorabilia of Goettler's days as a student, including an exceptionally large and elaborate scrapbook representing his academic, athletic and social activities at University of Chicago. Also included are memorabilia from his time in the Air Service, including copies of his diaries and photos, the originals of which are located at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

University of Chicago. Student Ephemera. Collection

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1

Harold E. Goettler, memorial publication, photocopy, 1968

Box 1

Owl and Serpent Society, second annual letter, 1914

Box 1

Red & White, Vol. XI No. 5, 1909

Box 1

"In Memory of Members of the University of Chicago Fallen in the War," program, 1919

Box 1

83rd and 90th Convocations at the University of Chicago, programs,1912-1914

Box 1

The Delta Kappa Epsilon Quarterly, Vol. 39 No. 2, 1921

Box 1

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library, dedication publication,1912

Box 1

University of Chicago Magazine, two issues,1918-1923

Box 1

Photocopy of football photograph, circa 1910-1914

Box 1

Photographs of military service, 1917-1918

Box 1

Certificate of Completion of a Major Course from the University of Chicago Extension Division, 1912

Box 2

Scrapbook covers and binding, circa 1910

Box 2

Scrapbook signatures 1-3, 1910-1913

Box 3

Scrapbook signatures 4-5, 1910-1915

Box 3

The Highest Possible Courage, reproduction of National Guard painting, mid-20th century

Box 3

United States Army, reproduction of memorial certificate, 1918

Box 3

Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor, reproduction of certificate

Box 3

Notary public certificate, 1916

Box 4

High school and college diplomas, 1909-1914

Box 4

Harold H. Swift and Edna Goettler, correspondence and obituary, 1959