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Arthur Bostwick Van Buskirk World War I Diaries

Call Number: MS 2091

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of two diaries by Arthur Botswick Van Buskirk documenting his military experience during World War I. Newspaper clippings, correspondence, tickets, and other ephemera were originally inserted between diary pages. Several pages in volume II detail the Armistice of November 11, 1918 in Paris, France.

Materials that have been removed from the diaries have been sleeved and labeled to indicate their original location, when known.


  • 1917 - 1919


Language of Materials

The diaries are written in English with some enclosed documents in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David VanBuskirk in memory of Joseph Van Buskirk and in honor of George Van Buskirk, 2018.


The collection is arranged as received from the donor.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Biographical / Historical

Arthur Bostwick Van Buskirk was born on March 27, 1896 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale College in 1918 before attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Van Buskirk served as vice-president of T. Mellon & Sons and vice chairman of the Urban Redevelopmenet Authority of Pittsburgh, the city's post-World War II urban renewal program. His sons, George, Joseph, and David, all graduated from Yale University.

Arthur Van Buskirk served as a member of the Yale Expeditionary Force and was commissioned as a Second Lieutanant in the Field Artillery Section of the Officers Reserve Corps in August 1917. He joined the support efforts on the Western Front, arriving in France in July 1918.

Van Buskirk died on April 6, 1972 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Biographical information in this note is primarily drawn from Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis, History of the Class of 1918, Yale College, Forty Years On, (New Haven: Yale University Press,1954), 334-337, and the Obituary of Arthur Van Botswick, New York Times, April 7, 1972.

Processing Information

The materials were arranged by the donor. Manuscripts and Archives created the collection level description and biographical information.

Guide to the Arthur Bostwick Van Buskirk World War I Diaries
compiled by Michelle Peralta
February 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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