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Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Collection

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Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Collection, circa 1938-2008 | Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs

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Title: Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Collection, circa 1938-2008Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1942-1945

ID: RG2/085

Creator: Chamberlin, Ward B., Jr. (Ward Bryan) (1921-2017)

Extent: 2.06 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

This collection is organized topically into the following three series: Series 1, World War II, 1942-2008 (bulk 1942-1945); Series 2, AFS Student Exchange Programs, circa 1949-2009; and Series 3, Personal Papers, circa 1938-2008.

Please see the individual series descriptions for more information.

Date Acquired: 01/01/2009

Languages: English

Abstract

Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. was an ambulance driver with the American Field Service during World War II and later a board member and life trustee of the AFS secondary school exchange programs. The bulk of the Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Collection includes correspondence, photographs, documents, booklets, maps, and memorabilia primarily pertaining to his experience with the American Field Service during World War II. The collection also includes select personal papers from before and after the war, as well as select files and photographs pertaining to his involvement with the AFS student exchange programs established after World War II.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Collection includes correspondence, photographs, documents, booklets, maps, and memorabilia primarily pertaining to his experience with the American Field Service during World War II. The collection also includes select personal papers from before and after the war, as well as select files and photographs pertaining to his involvement with the AFS student exchange programs established after World War II.

See the individual series descriptions for more information.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Permission to access restricted folders (indicated in the folder list) is required in advance.

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.  In the event that this research becomes a source for publication, a credit line indicating the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs is required.  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 in 2009 by Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr.

Appraisal Information: AFS publications containing no specific annotations by or reference to Ward B. Chamberlin that exist elsewhere in the AFS Archives were removed from the collection. Additionally, books or VHS copies of documentaries that contain no specific reference to Ward B. Chamberlin were removed from the collection to the AFS Memorial Library. Contact the AFS Archives for more information.

Related Materials: For more information on the American Field Service activities during World War II, view RG2/001, the American Field Service World War II Records. Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. is also mentioned in the correspondence files of George R. Collins, a fellow ambulance driver in Series 1 of RG2/010, George R. Collins Collection. For records outside the AFS Archives, information about Ward B. Chamberlin can be found in the Princeton University Class Records in the Princeton University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], [Date]; Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Collection; Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs, New York, NY.

Processing Information: This collection was processed by Nicole Milano, Katie Sorresso, Aaron Sorscher, and Harriet Williams, between 2017- 2018.  Finding aid written by Nicole Milano, Katie Sorresso, Aaron Sorscher, and Harriet Williams in 2018.


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Series 1: World War II, 1942-2008 (bulk 1942-1945)Add to your cart.

The World War II series consists of booklets, photographs, correspondence, maps, clippings, and memorabilia related to Chamberlin’s experience as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service during World War II. The bulk of the series consists of the letters that Chamberlin wrote and sent home during his service. The letters offer unique insight and a rich picture into the daily life of an AFS ambulance driver and leader of an AFS ambulance car company at the front. In addition to describing general activities of their service, the letters also give an intimate picture of his sorrow at the death of close friend, Robert Bryan, his reaction during the battle of Monte Cassino, his opinions on global politics surrounding the war, and his numbness at the announcement of the end of the war. Other wartime documents include a partially filled-out field notebook and application to the U.S. Army, correspondence to Chamberlin from AFS (including by AFS Director General Stephen Galatti), a booklet written by Chamberlin about an ambulance named in honor of a family friend, Alexander Stobo, clippings about his wartime activities, maps of the Italian theater, and personnel files (including his Geneva Card, letters recommending Chamberlin to AFS service, medical files, and documents from the U.S. draft board.)

The series also includes documents related to World War II but created after the war, including material related to driver reunions, and letters and materials that highlight the drivers’ memories and thoughts of their experiences during the war.

In addition to the documents, the series also includes several wartime photographs. Two original photographs show Ward in his AFS uniform and standing next to an ambulance, while two others show him standing next to an ambulance and with a group of presumed AFS volunteers. There is also an original photograph showing an image from the AFS exhibition about Princetonians who served in the American Field Service at Princeton University in 1995. In addition to the original images, there are two reproduced photographs of AFS Director General Stephen Galatti during the war (one of which includes Chamberlin).

Finally, the series includes several artifacts, including the cap from his uniform (although the AFS pin was removed at some point in the past and is no longer with the cap), an armband containing a red cross and stamp noting “Army Medical Service,” and a box in which his mother appears to have kept his letters during the war.

The folders are arranged alphabetically by title. The documents within the folders are arranged chronologically. The artifacts are all in an oversize box.

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AFS Field Notebook, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Veterans Committee, Inc., 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Application to the U.S. Army, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Book: "The Cauldron" (With a note to Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. by the author), 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Booklet: "The Alexander Stobo Ambulance" by Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Booklet: "The Two Types", 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings, 1942-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence: AFS to and from Chamberlin, 1944-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence: AFS to Chamberlin's Family, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence: Chamberlin to Family and Friends, January-April 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence: Chamberlin to Family and Friends, May-August 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence: Chamberlin to Family and Friends, September-December 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence: Chamberlin to Family and Friends, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence: Chamberlin to Family and Friends, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence: Chamberlin to Family and Friends, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence: Chamberlin with Other Drivers, 1946-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Stroh, Robert J. to Lieutenant E. Eynon, October 4, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Maps, circa 1942-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newsletter, No. 23, April 15, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personnel Files, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
Permission to access this folder is required in advance.
Folder 6: Photographs (Includes Reproductions), circa 1942-1945; 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reunions, 1994-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Rosters, 1945; undatedAdd to your cart.
Oversize Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: AFS cap, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Armband, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Box for letters, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Clipping about war service (laminated), 2008Add to your cart.
Series 2: AFS Student Exchange Programs, circa 1949-2009Add to your cart.

The AFS Student Exchange Programs series contains limited papers and photographs related to Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr.’s involvement with the AFS exchange programs created after World War II. The papers include correspondence (including letters to Ken Burns, AFS Director General Stephen Galatti, and others), select AFS publications mentioning Chamberlin, select speeches by Chamberlin at AFS events, programs and files related to AFS events, limited AFS Board of Directors and Trustees files, and other related documents. In addition to the documents, there are also two photographs: one a headshot of Galatti, and another showing Chamberlin with three other men, likely at an AFS board meeting. Both photographs are undated. The series is not fully representative of his long involvement with AFS after World War II; it does not include most administrative files created during his tenure as an AFS board member and trustee, nor does it include any documentation related to his direct assistance in the founding of the exchange programs in 1946.

The folders are arranged alphabetically by title. The documents within the folders are arranged chronologically.

Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AFS 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: AFS 50th Anniversary Crossing, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 3: AFS Board of Directors and Trustees Files, 1961-2009Add to your cart.
Permission to access this folder is required in advance.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1949-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Fundraiser for Robert Applewhite, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs, PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Publications (Select) including Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., 1964-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reflections on Stephen Galatti by Robert Applewhite, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Speeches by Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., 1991-2002; undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Personal Papers, circa 1938-2008Add to your cart.

The Personal Papers series includes select documents and photographs related to Ward B. Chamberlin’s life outside of AFS, including his work with PBS and WETA, and his involvement with Exeter and Princeton. The documents include clippings, awards given to Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., publications, resumes, school ephemera and memorabilia, lists from his wedding, travel documents, and invitations (including to the White House and to meet Queen Elizabeth II at the British Embassy). This series also includes correspondence from as early as 1939, when Chamberlin writes to staff at Exeter, noting his acceptance into Princeton, to some later undated correspondence with friends and family (including his wife, Lydia.) In addition to the documents, the series includes several photographs including headshots of Ward in 1973, an undated passport photograph of his wife, Lydia, an undated photograph of Ward as a baby, a photograph of Ward presumably at his wedding, and several photographs of unidentified individuals.

The folders are arranged alphabetically by title. The documents within the folders are arranged chronologically.

Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Address book, 1942-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Awards to Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., 1976-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bookplate, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings, 1949-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1939-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Financial Documents, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Permission to access this folder is required in advance.
Folder 8: Invitations, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letter of Recommendation by Stephen Galatti, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous, 1958-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Passports and Travel Documents, 1939-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographs, 1973; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Publications about Ward Chamberlin, 1988-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Reflections of a World War II Vet by Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Resumes, 1948-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 16: School Ephemera and Memorabilia, circa 1938-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Speech (Hiroshima), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Trip Ephemera (Monte Cassino and Paris), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Wedding List, 1951Add to your cart.

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