Guide to the Papers of George Dock, 1913 - 1985Manuscript MS-1057

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of George Dock, 1913 - 1985

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1057

Collection Dates:

1913 - 1985

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (4.25 linear feet)

Abstract:

George Dock, Jr. (1895-1971) Pilot, Advertising Executive and Ornithologist. Contains correspondence, photographs, a scrap book, maps, poetry, news clippings, ephemera and an art print folio of WWI aviation. Details a Dartmouth graduates experience as an ambulance driver and pilot in WWI through letters home.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College Required for Publication or Reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Contains correspondence, photographs, a scrap book, maps, poetry, newsclippings, ephemera and an art print folio of WWI aviation. Of note is detailed correspondence from George Dock, Jr. to his family from France in World War I. The letters record in great detail Docks time in the ambulance corps, aviation school and as a pilot in Escadrille Spad 12.

The collection also contains 3 maps of France which presumably show the areas Dock saw service, a folder of Dock's poems, newspaper clippings related to the Lafayette Flying Corps, photographs of Dock's time in the Ambulence Corps and Flying Corps, ephemera, as well as items relating to the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial and the L'Escadrille Lafayette Flying Corps Association.

The collection supports the George Dock, Jr. Fund in Rauner Special Collections Library.

Biography

George Dock, Jr. (1895-1971), Dartmouth College class of 1916. Dock joined two other Dartmouth graduates (Carlton Ames Potter and Lyman Burgess) in 1916 in sailing for France to join the American Ambulance Field Service. In June 1917 Dock entered flight school for entry into the American stocked Lafayette Flying Corps. Dock was twice decorated with the Croix de Guerre for his actions in the war.

Dock spent his professional career in advertising, working for the New York firms of Doremus and Co., Albert Frank - Guenther Law, Inc., Halsey Stuart and Compton Advertising. Dock was a recognized authority on ornithology and authored numerous articles and publications on John James Audubon and birds in general.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, George Dock Jr. Papers, 1913-1985

Contains items relating to George Dock Jr's service in the American Ambulance Corp and the Lafayette Flying Corps in France during WWI.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1916-1985

Contains correspondence, poetry, maps of France, newspaper clippings and biographical materials related to George Dock, Jr. As well as ephemera and newsclippings related to the Lafayette Flying Corps Association and Memorial.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1913-1916

George Dock Jr's Dartmouth College scrap book

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1917

Contains WWI aviation folio (21 plates)

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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