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Clara Stoup WWI YMCA documents, photograph albums, and uniform

Identifier: RHC-141

Content Description

Documents, photograph albums, and a uniform related to Clara Stoup's (later Crossley) YMCA service during World War I. She was mostly active in France. One photograph album appears to document Clara's family life after the War.


  • circa 1917-1920


Language of Materials

Some materials are in French.

Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical / Historical

Clara Stoup was born on June 21st, 1884 in Oakmont, PA to Anne Dietsch and Goerge Stoup. She was the grandmother of Margery Lampe, a South Haven, Michigan resident and donor of the collection. Clara graduated from Oakmont High School in 1902 and attended Southwestern State Normal School in the town of California, PA. She graduated in 1904 with a teaching certicicate. After graduation, she travled to Europe and the American West, primarily Colorado. It is believed that she was an art teacher in the Oakmont area up until 1914, when she spent the summer earcning a teaching certificate in the "Sloyd" craft program at Naas, Sweden. During World War I, Clara volunteered with the YMCA in France to provide humanitarian and general war relief services. From late October of 1918 to the summer of 1919, she was on Canteen duty in the following locations in France: Fays Billot, Vitrey, Villers-le-Bois, Chateau-du-loire, and Ecommoy. Many women who wanted to participate in the war effort did so by volunteering for civilian organizations such as the YMCA, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. On July 30th, 1923, she married John William Crossley, who was a an engineer in the Marines. The two of them lived in Pittsburgh, PA for a time. In the mid-1930s, John began work at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. John and Clara had one child, Anne Crossley Lampe. Clara passed away in Midland, Michigan on August 9th, 1967.


2.50 Linear feet (3 boxes)


1) Photograph albums 2) Service medals 3) Maps, booklets and guides 4) Postcards 5) Travel and other official documents 6) Clippings 7) hand-written notes. Collection also includes uniform
Clara Stoup WWI YMCA documents, photograph albums, and uniform
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States