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Herman D. Greenstein Diary and Notebook

Collection ID

SCRC 269

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Collection Summary 
Herman D. Greenstein Diary and Notebook
Collection ID
SCRC 269
Greenstein, Herman D., 1893-1932
0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English.
Detailed Collection Information 
Biographical Note
Herman Daniel Greenstein was born December 12, 1893, in Houston, TX.  He was a private, Company C 302nd Field Signal Battalion, American Expeditionary Forces, employed in constructing and repairing wiring in the firing zone. He married Hannah Berkowitz shortly before WWI, and they had six children, Philip, Alfred, Irving, Regina, Thelma, and Herman. After the war, Greenstein operated a radio store in Philadelphia. Greenstein died February 5, 1932.
Description of Collection 
Herman Greenstein’s diary contains short, abbreviated entries describing the daily weather conditions, his general mood, preparations at Camp Upton in New York and subsequent travel aboard the R.M.C. Carmania to Liverpool, England, and general movements of his platoon through France for the year 1918. The January 13-23 entries were written by Herman’s wife, Hannah. Also included in the back of the diary is a list of names and addresses. The notebook contains a detailed account of Company C, fourth platoon’s May 1918 journey from Éperlecques to Arras, France, and the subsequent air raids they experienced there, short poems, Morse code sequences and prefixes, and other miscellaneous notations. There are typed copies of the diary and notebook, both of which are undated.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://temple-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?...
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
Publication and Copyright Information 
The Herman D. Greenstein Diary and Notebook is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], Herman D. Greenstein Diary and Notebook, SCRC 269, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Alfred Greenstein in 1991. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in November 2017 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist.
Index Terms 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Personal/Family Names: 
Greenstein, Hannah
Greenstein, Herman D., 1893-1932
Corporate Names:
Camp Upton (N.Y.)
United States. Army. Field Signal Battalion, 302nd
Jewish soldiers
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Jewish
Philadelphia (Pa.)
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