Manuscript Group 1082 Jack C. Richer Papers, 1917 – 1919

 

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Manuscript
Group # 1082

 

Jack
C. Richer Papers

 

Papers,
1917 – 1919

 

32
folders (3 boxes)

 

 

 

 

 

Processed by C.A.L.

 

Updated by S. Sullivan

 

February 2000

 

 

 

 

 

Biographical
Sketch:

 

 

Jack
Richer was born in Newark in 1893, attended Barringer High
School, graduated from Rutgers College in 1913, and New Jersey
Law School in 1916.  After graduating from law school Jack
joined the United States Navy for two years, 1917-1919 and
followed his military career by working for the New Jersey State
Highway department and then the Newark Water Department.

 

 

Scope
and Content Notes:

 

 

The
Jack C. Riucher Papers consist of letters Richer sent and
received during his military service in World War I, and spans
the years 1917-1919.  The collection also includes various
military documents pertinent to Richer’s service, as well as
newspaper clippings and other memorabilia.    Much
of the material documents the experiences of a Jewish family in
New Jersey during World War I. Elements of the collection are in
Yiddish.

 

 

The
collection has several research values.  Richer’s
correspondence provides information on his experience in war-time
France, and more importantly, the full interchange of letters
between Richer and his family reveals ways in which the war
affected the life of a Jewish family in Newark.  Also, the
effect of the war on Newark itself are evident through this
collection.  These papers are pertinent to research on war,
women, ethnic groups and urban history.

 

 

Provenance:

 

 

This
collection was donated to the Society as a gift from the Richer
Cousins Club in 1978.  This organization is comprised of
various family members of the Richer family dedicated to the
research, and preservation of the Richer family heritage.

 

 

Manuscript
Group # 1082

 

Jack
C. Richer Papers

 

Papers,
1917-1919

 

 

 

Inventory

 

 

 

 

 

Folder

Description

 

 

 

1-3       Jack
Richer to Barnett C. Richer, 1917-1919 (approx. 85 items)

 
Richer’s letters to his father, written in Washington,
Newport, Paris, and elsewhere.

 
Chiefly concerning his military training and experiences.  Several
items are written in

 

Yiddish

 

 

4-6       Jack
Richer to Jennie Richer, 1917-1919 (approx. 100 items)

 
Richer’s letters to his sister Jennie describing his
experiences on arriving in France.

 

Characterizes
life in that country, and contains specific references to the
activities of

 

Jewish soldiers in
the A.E.F.  Numerous enclosures are filed with their
respective letters.

 

 

7
Jack Richer to Eva Richer, November 28, 1918 (1 item)

 
Richer describes the A.E.F.’s Thanksgiving dinner to his
sister

 

 

8
Jack Richer to friends, 1917-1919 (approx. 10 items)

 
Written in France, these describe wartime experiences

 

 

9
Letters from Howard Richer, 1918-1919 (approx. 8 items)

 
Chiefly pertain to family matters

 

 

10-13   Letters from Jennie
Richer, 1917-1919 (approx. 100 items)

 
Chiefly pertain to family matters

 

 

14
Letters from Pauline Richer, 1917-1918 (approx. 10 items)

 
Richer’s sister writes chiefly about family matters but also
describes her

 

employment
at Prudential Insurance in Newark

 

 

15
Letters from Israel Richer, 1917-1919 (approx. 15 items)

 
Richer’s brother writes chiefly about family matters

 

 

16-17
Letters from Anna Richer, 1917-1918 (approx. 75 items)

 
Richer’s sister’s letters chiefly concern family
affairs.  Her November 1918

 

letters
comment on peace celebrations in Newark

 

 

18-19
Letters from Eva Richer, 1917-1919 (approx 50 items)

 
Richer’s sister’s letters chiefly concern family
matters.  One, February 21, 1919

 

describes
a visit to a Newark spiritualist

 

 

20-28   General Correspondence,
1917-1919 (approx 600 items)

 
Letters to and from friends concerning the war, the Rutgers
alumni association,

 

Newark’s
commission form of government and other subjects

 

 

 

29
Papers referencing Navy Service, 1917-1919 (approx 15 items)

 
Contain military service documents, including a description of
Richer’s tour of duty

 

 

30
Newsletters 1917-1919 (approx 30 items)

 
Published by War Service Bureau, Rutgers University, informing
Rutgers alumni in

 

the
armed forces of Rutgers activities

 

 

31
Rutgers Alumni in Military Service, (10 items)

 
Materials pertinent to Rutgers alumni in the armed forces

 

 

32
Miscellaneous (approx 10 items)

 
Includes, among other things, French playbills from the war era

 

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