Mabel Henderson Reed papers

Abstract

The Mabel Henderson Reed papers (dated 1942-1962; 0.95 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and short essays, concerning World War II and the Japanese people.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mabel Henderson Reed papers
Creator
Reed, Mabel Henderson
Extent
0.95 Cubic Feet
Subjects
United States -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Greg Seltzer
Preferred Citation
63m284: [identification of item], Mabel Henderson Reed papers, 1942-1962, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Born in Ohio in 1900, Mabel Henderson Reed was married to Minor Reed and lived in Russell and Raceland, Kentucky. During World War II she wrote a series of general letters to U.S. servicemen. The letters were published in the Russell Times and were addressed to Johnny and signed Mom. In the years after the war, Mabel Henderson Reed corresponded with various Japanese individuals; many of the recipients seem to have been young Japanese adults teaching or learning English in Japan.
Scope and Content
The Mabel Henderson Reed papers (dated 1942-1962; 0.95 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and short essays, concerning World War II and the Japanese people. The newspaper clippings from the Russell Times document Reed's letter writing to U.S. servicemen during World War II. These popular letters were written to Johnny by Mom and contained general words of encouragement and her opinions on certain war-related issues. Letters addressed to Mrs. Minor Reed, Mabel Henderson Reed's married name, in Raceland, Kentucky, make up the majority of the dated correspondence. Many of these letters are written from Japan. Correspondence that either lacks a clear recipient or is sent to someone other than Mrs. Reed is placed in the unidentified correspondence folder. Some of the letters in the collection are missing portions of text. Two of the essays in this collection are written by Japanese individuals. The other essay is an autobiographical text that Mabel Henderson Reed composed in 1962.

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

Mom letters, 1942

  • Box 1, folder 1
To top

Scrapbooks, 1943-1944

  • Box 2, folder 1
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1949-1950

  • Box 1, folder 2
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1951 January-June

  • Box 1, folder 3
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1951 July-September

  • Box 1, folder 4
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1951 October-December

  • Box 1, folder 5
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1952

  • Box 1, folder 6
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1953

  • Box 1, folder 7
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, 1954-1958

  • Box 1, folder 8
To top

Letters to Mrs. Minor Reed, undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
To top

Unidentified correspondence, 1951

  • Box 1, folder 11
To top

Newsletter, essays, 1951

  • Box 1, folder 9
To top

Mabel Henderson Reed (Mrs. Minor Reed) autobiographical essay, 1962

  • Box 1, folder 10
To top

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Requests

No items have been requested.