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Captain James Martyn Eaves Papers

Identifier: MSE/MD 6417

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the World War I papers of Captain James Martyn (J.M.) Eaves, spanning just before his service, through the war, and into post-war Occupied Europe. The collection contains five diaries in Eaves’ hand specifically detailing his day-to-day experiences in the war. In the back of the diaries, Eaves wrote notes and letter drafts, and enclosed photographs and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the collection consists of letters sent to and from Captain Eaves. The majority of the letters are between Eaves and his fiancée, Miss Keogh (alternatively addressed as Sylvia, Amelia, and Lou), though there are some letters sent to Eaves by friends and colleagues. Almost all of Eaves’ letters are addressed in France. Significant topics include Eaves’ service during World War I, social life in early twentieth-century Great Britain, and European history.


  • Creation: undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1915 - 1916


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

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.

Biographical / Historical

James Martyn Eaves (1881-1963) served as a Captain for the Royal Army Service Corps, and later the Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General, of the 19th (Western) Division during World War I. He married Sylvia Amelia Louise Keogh (1883-1953) in 1917.


2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


This collection is arranged chronologically by material type.

Captain James Martyn Eaves Papers
Hannah E. Sabal
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556