The majority of the 184 enlistment records are U.S. Postal Cards or, as called by the Postal Service, Reply Cards. Printed on one side of the card is the Morristown Registrar's return address, printed on the other side are the enlistment information questions. The questions include: the name of the person enlisting, into which organization he is enlisting, his date of birth, date of enlistment (or commission), date of departure; the length of his residence in Morristown or Morris Township; the church he attended, his rank (if applicable) and his home address. The remaining questions asked for their present address as well as the name of any previous military experience.
Sometimes the person themselves filled out the card, though a relative often supplied the information after they had already left for training. There are sometimes more than one card per enlistee, and a few folders also contain correspondence that accompanied the card. According to the dates on the cards, men were enlisting as early as 1908, 1912, 1914 and 1915; even though the United States did not enter the war until April 6, 1917. Also of interest, one woman registered for the Nurses' Corp (see box 1, folder 104).Related Works in the North Jersey History Center
The cards have been arranged in ascending numeric order. Before the cards arrived in our custody, each card had been numbered in an upper corner, it is presumed, by the Registrar's Office.
The World War I Enlistment records for Morristown and Morris Township is open for research under the conditions of the North Jersey History Center archives access policy. Items may be copied for use in individual scholarly or personal research, however, as with all materials in the North Jersey History Center, researchers are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material from the collection.
World War I enlistment records for Morristown and Morris Township. North Jersey History Center, The Morristown and Morris Township Library.
Document encoded by Mary McMahon Dawson, 2008.