By Julianna Monjeau
Title: Berkeley Michael Photographic Album, 1916-1923
Creator: Michael, Berkeley S. (Berkeley Strickland) (b. 1896)
Extent: 0.1 Cubic Feet. More info below.
Arrangement: The album is housed in a single archival box. The photographs and photographic postcards in this album were arranged chronologically, excluding the final three pages, which include images from before and after the war. The photographs itemized with numbered stickers, corresponding with a partial inventory created by former AFS Archives staff in 1990. The stickers remain in the album.
Berkeley Strickland Michael was an American Field Service (AFS) ambulance driver stationed with SSU 3 in the Balkans for a period of six months and 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Aviation division of the U.S. Army during World War I. The Berkeley S. Michael Photographic Album is a single album containing photographs and assorted postcards chronicling his six-month term in SSU 3 of the American Field Service stationed in the Balkans, specifically Greece and Serbia.
The Berkeley S. Michael Photographic Album is single album containing photographs and assorted postcards chronicling his six-month term with Section Sanitaire [Etats-] Unis (SSU) 3 of the American Field Service stationed in the Balkans, specifically Greece and Serbia. The album contains around 128 images ranging in size from 1.5” x 2.5” to 3.5” x 5.5”, some of which contain written descriptions of the image including location and date. The images depict AFS ambulance drivers, scenes from the SSU 3 camps, Greek and Serbian civilians, street scenes, foreign troops (including German prisoners of war), a fallen German airplane, the German bombardment of Monastir, Macedonia, and the evacuation of the civilians of Monastir following the town’s destruction by the Bulgarians in August of 1917. It is presumed that some of the photographs were taken by Michael, though this is not indicated in the album.
The final three pages of the album also include scenes from Princeton before the war (around 1916), such as a photograph of President Woodrow Wilson arriving in Princeton to vote in the November presidential election in 1916, as well as two photographs which depict Berkeley with his wife, Helen, shortly after the war, and an image of his young daughter, Janice.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. The album is fragile and should be handled with care.
Use Restrictions: Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the AFS Archives. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.
Acquisition Method: This collection was donated to the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS Archives) at an unknown date.
Appraisal Information: No items were deaccessioned, separated, or removed from the collection.
Processing Information: This collection was processed by Julianna Monjeau in 2012. Finding aid written by Julianna Monjeau in December 2012.