World War I Letters of Samuel Bloom

Irvin Department of Special Collections

Samuel Bloom (1895-1976), a first-generation Ukrainian immigrant and recent City College graduate, served as private first class and signaler with Company L, 325th Infantry Battalion, US Army, from October 1917 till July 1919. In April 1918, he went with his company to France, training behind the Somme front, and then going to signal school, before service in the Lorraine count-offensive (July), the St. Mihiel offensive (mid-September, and the Meuse-Argonne offensive (September-October), with fighting in Cornay, Fleville, and the Aire River, till he was wounded by shrapnel in the left hand on October 16. After the Armistice, he studied at the University of Montpellier (February-June 1919), before Returning to the U.S. Bloom’s regular letters home about his war experience, and other materials, donated to Rare Books & Special Collections in 2004 by his sons Dr. Robert A. Bloom and Mr. Jack Bloom, are written on highly acidic paper now too brittle for handling. This project makes available the full sequence of Blooms life during World War I including his letters, postcards, and diaries, arranged chronologically.


The digitization of the World War I Bloom Letters from Samuel Bloom is a project made possible by the Rare Books and Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections and Digital Collections of the University of South Carolina Libraries. Elizabeth Sudduth of Rare Books and Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections suggested this project for scanning. Deborah Green (MlIS December 2007) created the metadata for the photographs in an excel spread sheet. The metadata records follows the Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices. 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 ppi. From the TIFFs she created high quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. Green 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). This work could not have been done without the help of Elizabeth Sudduth and Tony Branch, systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database.

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