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313th Infantry, 79th Division, American Expeditionary Force, World War I photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0062


This collection includes photographs as well as non-photographic materials having to do with the 313th Infanty, 79th Division of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, circa 1917-1919.


  • 1917-1919

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Historical Note

The 79th Division of the National Army of the United States was one of sixteen divisions created in the Spring of 1917 for the emergency expansion of armed services during World War I, authorized by the Army Act of May 18, 1917. Construction began in July of that year on a training center in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, which became Camp Meade, named for Major General George Gordan Meade, Civil War commander of the Army of the Potomac. The 79th Division was organized at Camp Meade in August 1917, with personnel composed of selective service men from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Additional personnel from other states were added in June 1918 prior to the Division's departure for the European front. The Division had 26,150 troops in August 1918.

The 79th Division's 313th Infantry Regiment was headed by Colonel Claude B. Sweezey, a West Point graduate. Men arrived at Camp Meade in September 1917 and training got underway. The Regiment was known as "Baltimore's Own" due to the large number of men from the city. By July 1918, the Regiment with 3,667 men sailed to France to join the active front near Verdun, taking part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive in September-November 1918. The troops remained in the region after the armistice order, enforcing the terms of the order. By June 1919, they returned to the United States. In the period of intense combat between September 12 and November 11, 1918, casualties were heavy in the 313th Regiment: 1,200 soldiers were wounded (78 mortally), with 223 killed outright in combat.


1.0 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog numbers. PP62.1-.5 are contained in one folder, and PP62.6-.8 are rolled.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of F.J. Bartlett, 1981.

Related Materials

Four group portraits of the 313th Infantry Regiment are in the Large Photographs storage.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 8 photographs made circa 1917-1919 of the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division of the American Expeditionary Forces. Included are circa 1917 group portraits (long format) of the 313th Regiment's Company D, and a long format picture of the ship Antigone which brought Regiment personnel back to the United States in May 1919, showing troops disembarking. There are also several photographs of (presumably) a victory parade of the 313th Regiment in Baltimore, circa 1919.

The collection also contains one folder of printed ephemera: two army certificates pertaining to George B. Bartlett, a member of Company D, 313th Infantry, National Army.

Guide to the 313th Infantry, 79th Division, American Expeditionary Force, World War I photograph collection
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Katherine Cowan
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  • 2020-01-23: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States