Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hiroshima Diary letters

Abstract

The Hiroshima Diary letters (dated 1955; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two letters between the director of the University of North Carolina Press and Look magazine that document the efforts to bring awareness of the publication of the diary in 1955.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hiroshima Diary letters
Date
1955 (inclusive)
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Books.
Authors and publishers.
Magazines.
Atomic bomb.
Biographies
Look magazine Correspondence.
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
2009ms132.0646: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hiroshima Diary letters, 1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Hiroshima Diary is a book by Michihiko Hachiya (1903-1980), translated by Warner Wells, MD, that documents and describes the effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and its residents from August 6, 1945 to September 30, 1945. Dr. Hachiya was a medical practitioner and director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital who, upon surviving and healing from the blast, made his daily rounds as he would have normally made as a doctor and cares for the patients he sees. The diary details how people came to learn of what exactly happened to them, the surrender of Japan, how the hospital improves after more medical supplies are brought into the city, and Dr. Hachiya's treatment of his patients. About 1950, the diary was brought to the attention of Dr. Warner Wells, who was in Japan as a surgical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, and he worked with Dr. Hachiya to translate and have the full diary published in 1955.
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 Hiroshima Diary letters (dated 1955; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two letters between the director of the University of North Carolina Press and Look magazine that document the efforts to bring awareness of the publication of the diary in 1955. The first letter discusses sending photographs taken by Wells and Hachiya to the magazine to run alongside their excerpt of the book, and the second letter discusses gathering more information on Wells to write a short article about him in relation to the book.
The Hiroshima Diary 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
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

Letters about publication of Hiroshima Diary, 1955

  • Box WH-63, folder 8
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