Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Field Artillery, Battalion C, 78th Division
  • Location of Service: Camp Dix, New Jersey; Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont; Camp Devens, Massachusetts; Camp Upton, New York
  • Highest Rank: Corporal

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"And if one does not believe in fate, let him, the coward, read Voltaire." (Diary, 5/25/1918)

Service diaries often record the banalities of everyday life in the military, or the visceral details of combat. Corporal Joseph Rosenblum’s diary stands in contrast: it begins with hand-lettered music notes and musings on Liszt and Chopin, which set the scene for the unique document which follows. Born in Romania and drafted into the Army in April 1918, Rosenblum served stateside with the field artillery. In between guard duty and 13-mile hikes, he found time to practice fugues and sonatas on the piano. Throughout his diary, he draws parallels between his experiences as a soldier and great works of literature, art, and music.

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About this Item

Title

  • Joseph Rosenblum Collection

Names

  • Rosenblum, Joseph
  • Sparrow, Rachelle

Home State

  • NY

Headings

  • -  Rosenblum, Joseph
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Notes

  • -  The veteran was born in Romania and immigrated to the United States in 1913.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Field Artillery, Battalion C, 78th Division
    • Location of Service: Camp Dix, New Jersey; Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont; Camp Devens, Massachusetts; Camp Upton, New York
    • Highest Rank: Corporal
    • Dates of Service: 1918-1918
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1918)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [1 item] -- Portrait (collected 1918)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/19364

Cite as

  • Joseph Rosenblum Collection (AFC/2001/001/19364), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Rosenblum, Joseph, and Rachelle Sparrow. Joseph Rosenblum Collection. 1918. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19364/.

APA citation style:

Rosenblum, J. & Sparrow, R. (1918) Joseph Rosenblum Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19364/.

MLA citation style:

Rosenblum, Joseph, and Rachelle Sparrow. Joseph Rosenblum Collection. 1918. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19364/>.