Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Warren Mills papers

Abstract

The Warren Mills papers (dated 1948-1956, undated; 1.15 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises letters, papers, notebooks, training manuals, and a scrapbook and photograph album that document the life of Warren Mills while serving in the US Navy during the Korean War and subsequent peacetime.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Warren Mills papers
Creator
Mills, Warren L.
Extent
1.15 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American
Military life.
Family.
Ocean travel
Basic training (Military education)
Friendship.
Notebooks.
Drawing.
Sketches.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0579: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Warren Mills papers, 1948-1956, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Warren L. Mills (1933-1979) was born in Tell City, Indiana to Norman Mills (1898-1977) and Myrtle Stephens (1907-2000). By 1940, the family was living in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1952, Mills enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Valley Forge in Korea, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean until his discharge in 1956. After returning home from the Navy, Mills worked as a firefighter in Louisville and married Jane Rae C. Hogan (1938-2008).
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Warren Mills papers (dated 1948-1956, undated; 1.15 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises letters, papers, notebooks, training manuals, and a scrapbook and photograph album that document the life of Warren Mills while serving in the US Navy during the Korean War and subsequent peacetime. The letters are from Mills to his mother, in them he writes about his experiences in boot camp, opinions on California, the cost of goods in the military, living among thieves, being assigned to the USS Valley Forge, going on mess duty, sailing for Japan and Korea, pilots crashing into the ship, studying for tests to be promoted, and the weather in the areas the ship is sailing through. He also writes to her about taking care of problems with his father, dealing with his parents' divorce, trying to get his motorcycle fixed up from afar, winning a watch in a raffle, applications for leave, and plans for what he will be doing when he comes home. The papers include cards from stores he visited, Korean propaganda pamphlets, and newspaper clippings on the war and his ship. The notebooks have notes from his classes while he was in boot camp and a countdown to his discharge. The scrapbook and photograph albums include newspaper clippings about the Valley Forge, Kentuckians involved in the war, how the war is progressing, photographs of Warren, his mother, and friends with his motorcycle; and still-life drawings by Warren.
The Warren Mills papers collection is part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Warren Mills to mother, 1952

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Warren Mills to mother, 1953

  • Box 1, folder 2-3
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Warren Mills to mother, 1954

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Warren Mills to mother, 1955

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Warren Mills to mother, 1956

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Myrtle Mills letters, 1952-1954, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Warren Mills papers, 1954-1956, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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The Naval Reservist newsletter, 1956

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Veterans Report newspaper, 1953-1955

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Clippings, 1953, undated

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Newspaper clippings re: carrier Bennington explosion, 1954

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Notebooks, 1952-1956

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Navy training manuals, 1948-1951

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Scrapbooks (2), 1951-1956

  • Box 3
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