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Frederic J. Agate Papers

The collection consists primarily of letters written by Agate to his wife, Helen, while he was a driver for the American Red Cross Ambulance Corps in Italy during World War I (1918). The letters include detailed content about driving wounded soldiers on the front to safety, talking with Austrian prisoners, and the good treatment he received from the Italians. The 26 June letter describes how he brought back an injured and abandoned soldier while under heavy fire from the Austrians. According to a note written by a family member on an envelope, Agate was an acquaintance of Ernest Hemingway and his story was used in one of Hemingway's novels. Also included is a diary that documents Agate's sea voyage from New York to England, Paris, and Milan, two photographs of Red Cross ambulances, a cablegram and a telegram sent to Agate by his wife, and a small selection of miscellaneous material.The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed and AMs = autograph manuscript.