American Numismatic Society
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A page from one of the notebooks

DeWitt Clinton Falls notebooks, 1920s and 1930s
0.2 cubic feet (1 box)

Biographical note
Author, artist, and military general DeWitt Clinton Falls (1864-1937) was an authority on military heraldry and a designer of military insignia. Born in New York City, he enlisted in Company K of the Seventh Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, becoming corporal (1889), major (1911), and colonel (1917). He would eventually retire as a brigadier general in 1928. For most of the first three decades of the twentieth century he was stationed in Europe observing various military conflicts, including World War I, when he was in Belgium and England. After the Spanish-American War he was given an assignment to determine the appropriate uniforms for service in tropical climates. He would eventually assemble a large collection of military uniforms, and his paintings, drawings, and photographs on the subject were donated to the New York Public Library in 1938. Falls published numerous works, including children’s books, on a variety of topics. They include An A.B.C of Golf (1898), The Mishaps of an Automobilist (1902), Army and Navy Information: Uniforms, Organizations, Arms, and Equipment of the Warring Powers (1917), Washington in War Times (1919), and History of the Seventh Regiment, 1889-1922 (1923?). Falls became a fellow of the American Numismatic Society in 1923 and served on its Committee on Decorations, Insignia, and War Medals and on its governing council from that year until his death. (Note: the alternate form of his name, De Witt Clinton Falls, is often used.)

Collection
Six notebooks of handwritten and typed reference works and inventories of Falls’ collections, some with hand-colored illustrations: (1) "Decorations and Medals Awarded by Foreign Governments to Officers and Men of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps for services other Than In the World War Which They were Authorized to Accept Under the Act of Congress of July 9th, 1918" (no date), (2) "Decorations and Medals of the United States and Foreign Governments that have been Awarded to the Officers of The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps" (1922), (3) "Information in Regard to the Wearing of Decorations and Medals in Accordance with the Regulations" (1925), (4) "Coats of Arms for Regiments of National Guard in New York State" (no date), (5) "Collection of Orders, Decorations, and Medals of DeWitt Clinton Falls" (1930s), and (6) "Collection of American Order Decorations and Medals of De Witt Clinton Falls" (no date).

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