Guy Despard Goff Collection, 1919-1924
The Guy Despard Goff Collection, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, consists of three bound volumes of typescript copies of correspondence, telegrams, and letters of congratulations related to Goff’s military and political career during and following World War I.
Volume I consists of typescripts of personal letters written by Goff to his wife, Anne Baker Goff, between January and July 1919, when he was serving in France on the legal staff of American General John J. Pershing. The lettersare edited versions of the original letters “with all personal items carefully eliminated.” The correspondence discusses Goff’s professional activities and daily life during the period of the Paris peace conference and the early months of the military occupation of defeated Germany. Goff provides an insider’s behind-the-scenes view of the various and complex military and political events during the time when peace was being reestablished in post-World War I Europe with particular understanding of these events from an American perspective. The letters provide glimpses of important figures such as Pershing, Woodrow Wilson, French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau and such issues as the peace treaty negotiations, the League of Nations, the perceived threat of the spread of Bolshevism, and other political and social matters of the time.
Volume II (and Volume III, which is a duplicate of Volume II) consists of typescript copies of telegrams and letters of congratulations received by Goff following his election to the United States Senate from West Virginia in 1924. Congratulations are primarily from individuals in West Virginia but also include business and political figures from other parts of the country. An alphabetical listing of correspondents with page references is found in the front the volume.
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Volume 02: Telegrams and Letters of Congratulations to Colonel Guy D. Goff, 1924
Volume 01: Letters written from France, January-July 1919
are edited versions…