Held by the Filson Historical Society
Creator: William A. Onderdonk, 1864-1949
Title: Papers, 1898
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet
Location Number: Mss./A/O58
Scope and Content Note
The William A. Onderdonk papers include a diary written in 1898, newspaper clippings, a letter to his mother and a French map of Puerto Rico (ca. 1890’s). Divided into roughly three equal sections, the diary recounts Onderdonk’s experiences as an employee of the Eastern Indiana Hospital for the Insane outside Richmond, Indiana; as a soldier mustered into Colonel John B. Castleman’s First Kentucky Volunteers at Camp Bradley and Chickamauga, Tennessee; and as a member of the US force occupying Puerto Rico during the period of its formal transfer to the US during the Spanish-American War. Transcript of diary included.
Born July 2, 1864, William A. Onderdonk grew up Louisville, Kentucky. He eventually moved to Richmond, Indiana where he was employed by the Eastern Indiana Hospital for the Insane. In 1898, Onderdonk enlisted in the First Kentucky Volunteers led by Colonel John B. Castleman and traveled with the regiment to Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish American War effort. Onderdonk returned to Louisville, Kentucky and became a physician. He died on August 16, 1949.
Folder 1: Diary, 1898
Folder 2: Miscellaneous, 1898; undated
Castleman, John Breckinridge, 1841-1918
Mote, Marcus, 1817-1898
Onderdonk, William A., 1864-1949
Psychiatric hospitals – Indiana
Puerto Rico – Description and travel
Spanish-American War, 1898 – Campaigns – Puerto Rico
United States. Army – Military life
United States. Army. Kentucky Infantry Regiment, 1st