Finding Aid to the Joshua Theodore Fritz Manuscript Collection, 1822-1948, MS 3202

Finding Aid to the Joshua Theodore Fritz Manuscript Collection, 1822-1948, MS 3202

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Joshua Theodore Fritz Manuscript Collection

Creator

Fritz, Joshua Theodore

Call number

MS 3202

Inclusive dates

1822-1948

Bulk dates

1917-1919

Extent

2 boxes, 30 folders

Abstract

Contains correspondence and records related to Joshua Theodore Fritz and his time as a field clerk and translator with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Patience L. Fritz in memory of her husband Donald T. Fritz and his father Joshua Theodore Fritz, July 10, 1998

Accession number

2012-084-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, April 2017

 

Biographical Note

Joshua Theodore “Ted” Fritz was born to J. George (1855-1936) and Rosa Trautwein Fritz (b. 1856-ca. 1938), German immigrants, on April 30, 1888. His father was a successful merchant tailor in Baltimore, Maryland and a lay preacher at Lafayette Methodist Episcopal Church. He grew up in the city and attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He enlisted in the American Expeditionary Forces in 1917 and served as a field clerk and translator. His brother Emanuel (1886-1988) also served in the army during World War I and later became a professor of forestry at University of California, Berkeley. He was well known for his work with the state’s redwood trees. Fritz married Carolyn E. Griffee (1896-1967) in 1926, and they had two sons, Donald Theodore and Robert Douglas. He eventually started his own fence company, J. T. Fritz and Company, one of the oldest distributors of chain link fence in Maryland. He died on May 30, 1954.

 

Scope and Content

The collection primarily contains correspondence and records related to Joshua Theodore Fritz and his time as a field clerk and translator with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. He wrote letters almost daily to his future wife, Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee, during his service, which detailed his day-to-day activities, places he visited, and major events of the war. Records of his service are also included in the collection. He was an avid photographer and documented his trips through Europe. His photographs are included in the photograph album in Box 2. He frequently references sending photographs to accompany his letters to Kitty, which appear to be those in the album. Several of the letters from his parents, George and Rosa, are written in German. A letter from Charles Carroll of Carrollton to William Gibbons regarding rent collection and livestock purchases is also included in the collection.

The collection is divided into four series which represent the subject of the documents within the series: Joshua Theodore Fritz, George Fritz, Emanuel Fritz, and Charles Carroll of Carollton. Series I is arranged into five subject-specific subseries: Correspondence, Military Service, Financial Records, Ephemera, and Photographs.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Joshua Theodore Fritz

 

 

 

Subseries I: Correspondence

 

 

 

Letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

No date; 1918, December

1

1

Letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

1919, January-February

1

2

Letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

1919, March-April

1

3

Letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

1919, May

1

4

Letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

1919, June

1

5

Letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

1919, July

1

6

Copies of letters to Carolyn “Kitty” Griffee

1918-1919

1

7

Correspondence

No date; 1912-1913

1

8

Correspondence

1947-1948

1

9

Postcards

No date

1

10

Postcards

No date

1

11

Subseries II: Military Service

 

 

 

Military records

No date

1

12

Military records

1917-1918

1

13

Military records

1919

1

14

Military records

1936

1

15

Field clerk reports

No date; 1918-1919

1

16

Bulletins, memoranda, and orders

1918-1919

1

17

Passes

1919, January-July

1

18

Baltimore Committee on Civilian Defense certificates

No date; 1942

1

19

Subseries III: Financial Records

 

 

 

Memoranda of settlement

1926, August 26

1

20

Subseries IV: Ephemera

 

 

 

Choir music

No date

1

21

German boot heel

Ca. 1919

1

22

Miscellaneous

No date; 1940

1

23

Newspaper clipping on earthquake

1939, November 15

1

24

Poetry

No date

1

25

Series II: George Fritz

 

 

 

Correspondence

1883-1898

1

26

Series III: Emanuel Fritz

 

 

 

Correspondence

1918, February-March

1

27

Series IV: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

 

 

 

Letter to William Gibbons

1822, May 2

1

28

Series I: Joshua Theodore Fritz

 

 

 

Subseries V: Photographs

 

 

 

Souvenir photographs of the Rhine River region

No date

2

29

Photograph album

Ca. 1918-1919

2

30

 

 

 

 

 

Games