Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Henry Brownlee diary

Abstract

The Henry Brownlee diary (dated 1941-1942; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents Henry Brownlee's first year in the Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Henry Brownlee diary
Creator
Brownlee, Henry
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Military life.
Gossip.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
Friendship.
Sports.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Illinois
Family.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of Amereican Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0649: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Henry Brownlee diary, 1941-1942, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Henry Brownlee (1915-1996) was born in Greene, Kentucky to Buckner Brownlee (1880-1956) and Sarah Eliza Wayne (1893-1972). By 1920, the family had moved from Kentucky to Illinois. In 1941, Brownlee enlisted in the US Army and was discharged in 1944. No other biographical information available.
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 Henry Brownlee diary (dated 1941-1942; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents Henry Brownlee's first year in the Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina during World War II. In the diary, Brownlee writes about his daily duties, who he interacts with on a daily basis, opinions on superior officers, rumors and gossip floating around Fort Bragg, going on dates with women, getting furloughs to visit home, receiving and sending mail to family and friends, attending high school and college sporting events, and information about the United States' participation in the war. Brownlee includes very detailed accounts of military events, from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and other island nations, and battles fought in Europe, all provided from newspapers, radio broadcasts, and talk from commanding officers.
The Henry Brownlee diary 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

Henry Brownlee diary, titled Dearest Elouise, 1941-1942

  • Box WH-63, folder 12
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