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TitlePapers of Gustave Porges, Quartermaster, American Expeditionary Force, his son Waldo Porges, and his immediate family, 1914-1944
Extent2 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, newspaper cuttings, photographs
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe papers in the collection relate to four members of the Porges family.

Gustave Porges was an American. The entry of the United States into the First World War saw Porges temporarily abandon his commercial interests with the firm Strohmeyer, Arp and Company, New York, and join the Quartermaster Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces commanded by General J.J. Pershing. Responsible for supplies to the Army in France, Porges had been promoted to the rank of Major by 1917. Following the cessation of hostilities he was sent to Spain to report upon subsistence matters there, and achieved the rank of Colonel early in 1919. He received 12 medals from foreign countries for his services during the War, including the French Legion of Honour. Colonel Porges died in May 1940.

Gustave Porges' son Waldo William Porges (1899-1976) was an Anglo-American, brought up in both the United States and England. After attending Oxford University he began work as a lawyer in London, rising to the position of Queen's Counsel in 1952. Waldo Porges died in 1976.

Other papers relate to Gustave Porges' wife, Alice Emma Porges and Waldo Porges' wife, Anne Porges.
Custodial HistoryThe papers came to the University library from a family member in 1984. A separate group of material relating to the same family, Ps2, was purchased by the University in 2012.
DescriptionThe most significant part of the collection is the material relating to Gustave Porges and the First World War (Ps C 1-47). These papers are mainly concerned with his official duties as Quartermaster, 1917-1921, and include a small quantity of war memorabilia, 1913-1919. Many of the documents deal directly with issues of stores and subsistence markets, but some more general correspondence about current conditions and the war is also present. Post-war material (Ps C 48-53) is in the form of memorabilia, for example recording exceptional public service in New York. There is also a small amount of correspondence from his son Waldo (Ps2/C/1/2-4).

Waldo William Porges' papers, 1929-1932, (Ps C 54-66) consist solely of routine administrative papers relating to his position as a solicitor in London.

The papers of Alice Porges of New York (Ps C 67-84) include a letter of condolence from John Pershing on the death of her husband Gustave. The remainder comprises invitations to charity events, and acknowledgements for her gifts and donations made during the Second World War.

Anne Porges' papers consist solely of correspondence sent to her by members of the Vagliano family during the Second World War (Ps2/C/2).

There are also a number of newspaper cuttings, 1914-19 and 1925-38, relating to events with which Gustave Porges was associated (Ps N 1-18). Photographs of Porges and other officers, 1917-1934 are present (Ps Ph 1-5 and Ps2/Ph/1). There are a significant number of photographs of Alice Porges and Waldo Porges (Ps2/Ph/2-3) at different ages as well as a section of miscellaneous photographs of unidentified individuals and non-family members (Ps2/Ph/4).

Finally, there is a section of miscellaneous material relating to British records and ephemera of the Second World War (Ps X 1-24), including petrol ration forms, information sheets, and the music and lyrics to '(We're Gonna Hang Out) The Washing on the Siegfried Line', and also a section of miscellaneous personal ephemera (Ps2/X)
MgtGroupPersonal papers
ArrangementThe material has been listed chronologically within series divided according to form (correspondence, newspaper cuttings).
TermUnited States - History, Military - 20th century
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 14 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 14 pp Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Click the links below to view related name indexes

CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1063Porges; Gustave (-1940); soldier U.S. Army-1940
NA1064Porges; Alice Emma (fl 1940-1945); Mrs; m Gustave Porgesfl 1940-1945
NA1065Porges; Waldo William (1899-1976); lawyer son of Gustave and Alice Porges1899-1976
NA1063Porges; Gustave (-1940); soldier U.S. Army-1940
NA1065Porges; Waldo William (1899-1976); lawyer son of Gustave and Alice Porges1899-1976
NA1064Porges; Alice Emma (fl 1940-1945); Mrs; m Gustave Porgesfl 1940-1945
NA75894Porges; family
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