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Oklahoma American Red Cross Canteen Service Scrapbook

Identifier: WV 0720

Content Description

The collection includes an 116 page leather scrapbook documenting the service of the Oklahoma County American Red Cross Canteen during World War I. Materials included in the scrapbook are 60 photographs, various ephemera, 16 images clipped from various magazines, and multiple newspaper clippings.


  • 1918-1919

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical / Historical

The Oklahoma County World War I American Red Cross canteen organized in March 1918 through its chairwoman, Katherine F. Haskell. The canteen operated out of a small room in an office building before finding more mobile troop services later. Troops were welcomed and served "comfort kits" for those heading out from the Oklahoma City Depot on April 25th. These kits included cigarettes, sewing supplies, candy, magazines, and much more to help the soldiers.

By May 1918, the ladies were equipped with a motorized kitchen fashioned in a van that had been donated from the Studebaker corporation. The kitchen was outfitted for serving coffee, sandwiches, fruit, and other quick foods.


0.21 Linear Feet (Scrapbook box)

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Condition Description

The condition is fair.

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Oklahoma American Red Cross Canteen Service Scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US