Skip to main content
Please contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for assistance with accessing these materials.

World War I Correspondence

Identifier: 626

Series-level Scope and Content Note

The World War I Correspondence Series consists of letters among Arnold Lunn, family and friends, from February 1916 to December 1920. During this time, Lunn was in Switzerland, attending his father's hotel business, and arranging for the accommodations of interned British and French officers at the Lunn hotels. The allied officers, captured by the Germans, were exchanged for German officers on the condition that they were to remain in Switzerland until the end of the war. Under these circumstances, Arnold Lunn became friends with several officers, and he was especially fond of a group he called 'The Alphabet,' consisting of British author Joseph Ackerley, R.D. Evans, and E.T.R. Carlyon. Indeed, there are several letters by Joseph Ackerley and friends, vividly describing the lives of the interned officers in Switzerland. Other noted correspondents during this period, include mountaineers Marcel Kurtz, William August Breevort Coolidge and F.F. Roget. In addition, there are letters from Leonard Huxley, Geoffrey W. Young, S.P.B. Mais, Alec Waugh and Arnold Lunn's brother, Hugh Kingsmill, who was taken prisoner in 1917. There are also numerous letters between Arnold Lunn and Dora M. Jones, Henry Lunn's secretary, with long intellectual discussions. The correspondence is also rich in letters between Arnold Lunn and his parents, describing in detail aspects of the hotel business in Switzerland.


  • From the Collection: 1896 - 1978

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.


From the Collection: 21 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

General Note

Series No. in Collection: 17

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057