Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lloyd Blowers letters

Abstract

The Lloyd Blowers letters (dated 1945, undated; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises letters from Lloyd Blowers to his wife that document his experiences serving in the Pacific Theatre with the US Navy during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lloyd Blowers letters
Creator
Blowers, Lloyd
Extent
0.06 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Military correspondence.
Family.
Military life.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.
Long-distance relationships.
Marriage
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0590: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lloyd Blowers letters, 1945, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No biographical information available on Lloyd A. Blowers.
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 Lloyd Blowers letters (dated 1945, undated; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises letters from Lloyd Blowers to his wife that document his experiences serving in the Pacific Theatre with the US Navy during World War II. Initially he writes about not being able to do very much at the location he is at and that the censors are extremely strict so he can barely tell her what exactly he is not doing much of. He details his travels from the West Coast of the United States to Japan, eventually able to say the names of the islands they land on and what dates he was in each location. Blowers provides detailed descriptions of being able to see parts of the Battle of Okinawa barely 2 miles away from where his ship anchored, landing at Ie Shima (Iejima), Enewetak Atoll, the planned invasion of Japan from Okinawa, and his eventual return home at the end of 1945.
The Lloyd Blowers letters 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

Lloyd A. Blowers to wife, 1945, undated

  • Box WH-53, folder 1
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