Delbert Claire Brandt Collection

Irvin Department of Special Collections

About the Collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was wounded, and died on November 16, 1918. The letters were written between May 1918 and November 1918. Most of the letters are from Claire Brandt to his sister Beatrice. Topics range from the care packages which Beatrice sent to Claire Brandt’s travels in the army. After being assigned to several camps in the U.S. for training, he was sent to France where he died in battle at the Meuse-Argonne conflict on November 16, 1918, five days after the armistice was signed. The collection also includes family photos, newspaper articles, and formal correspondence between the army and Claire Brandt’s family. In addition, the collection contains information about the family’s tradition of military service from Claire Brandt’s grandfather, John Murray, who fought in the Civil War through his nephew, Charles Brandt, who joined the 1st Cavalry in World War II. This collection was assembled and generously donated by Claire Brandt’s niece and daughter of Charles Brandt, Ms. Charline Marie Claire Brandt, of Columbia, S.C.


Elizabeth Sudduth of Rare Books and Special Collections recommended this collection for digitization. Kristin Florian scanned the items and created the metadata for the letters and photographs in an excel spread sheet. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. Florian scanned the photographs on a flatbed Epson Expression 10000XL Photo scanner, using SilverFast scanning software. She scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 300 dpi. From the TIFFs she created high quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. Florian uploaded the JPEGs to the CONTENTdm server. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on a SAN server, backed-up to DVD and tape. The website was designed by Robert Blank (MLIS 2013). Patricia Sasser and Elizabeth Sudduth edited the metadata.This work could not have been done without the help of Elizabeth Sudduth and Tony Branch, systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database. Kristin Florian’s work was supported by Santi Thompson and Patricia Sasser of Digital Activities and Elizabeth Sudduth of Rare Books and Special Collections.

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