The papers were arranged by William K. Farquhar into three groupings: Series I. Correspondence during Military Service in World War II, 1943-46; Series II. Memoir of Military Service during World War II, 1945-46, 1996 (in four binders); and Series III. Additional Materials, 1944-46, 1984, 2005-06, n.d.
Series I holds original letters, nearly all written by William K. Farquhar during his service in the Army. One exception is a letter he received from the President of Oberlin College, Ernest H. Wilkins, dated 4/27/1943. The correspondence includes a few telegrams and some Army postal cards.
Series II represents a memoir or journal of his wartime service compiled by Farquhar in 1996, with handwritten transcriptions of letters in Series I and additional explanatory text, copies of photographs, maps, documents, clippings, telegrams, calendars, cartoons, and one original telegram. This represents the most complete record of Farquhar’s wartime experience.
Series III holds a less ambitious project of Farquhar’s done in 1984, as well as a statement to the reader dated 2005, a letter of 2006 to the Archivist, and autobiographical texts written c. 2005. The Introduction to the 1984 effort summarizes Farquhar’s life from his enrollment at Oberlin College in 1939 to his separation from service in the Army on October 6, 1946 (he remained in the inactive reserve until April 1, 1953). This is followed by a history of Company A, 325th Medical Battalion, 100th Infantry Division, that he wrote in 1945-46. The next section is devoted to typed transcriptions of entries made in his small, pocket-sized notebook that served as his 1944-45 wartime diary. Next comes a short summary setting the stage for his letters. “Afterthoughts” holds recollections of the deaths of persons close to Farquhar, a piece reflecting on the letters as a whole, a trip to Germany he took with his wife Leslie in 1985 to visit places where he had seen combat, and a summary of other trips to the U.K. and Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. This series finishes with a small set of photocopies from published sources.