Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mulberry harbor photographs

Abstract

The Mulberry harbor photographs (dated 1944; 0.02 cubic feet; 16 photographs) comprise images that depict the construction and use of Mulberry harbors in World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mulberry harbor photographs
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
Normandy
Mulberry harbors.
Operation Overlord.
Harbors.
Arrangement
The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0617: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mulberry harbor photographs, 1944, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mulberry harbors were portable, temporary, harbors that were utilized during the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Designed by the United Kingdom, these harbors were taken in sections across the English Channel and assembled at Omaha Beach and Gold Beach after the Allies successfully held beachheads during D-Day. The Mulberry harbor at Omaha Beach was used by the American invasion forces, however following the storm on June 19 the damage was so severe to the harbor it was determined to be irreparable and decommissioned. The Mulberry harbor at Gold Beach was used by British and Canadian invasion forces, came through the storm intact, and was used past it's decommission six months after D-Day. Overall, in the 10 months following D-Day, the Mulberry harbor at Gold Beach was used to land over 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles, and 4 million tons of supplies.
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.
Source: (2019). Mulberry harbor. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulberry_harbour
Scope and Content
The Mulberry harbor photographs (dated 1944; 0.02 cubic feet; 16 photographs) comprise images that depict the construction and use of Mulberry harbors in World War II. The images show men working on building phoenix caissons for the harbor, the unloading of LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank) on the beaches, manning of anti-aircraft guns on the piers, and the damage done to the harbors after the storm of June 19, 1944.
The Mulberry harbor photographs 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

L.S.T. [Landing Ship, Tank] unloading on pierhead , 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 1
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Two unidentified men in coats saying U.S.N., 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 2
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Group of unidentified sailors in life jackets on a ship, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 3
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Unidentified men working on a pierhead, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 4
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Four unidentified men at destroyed harbor in U.S.N. jackets, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 5
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Pierhead hit with German 88 (7 purple hearts) unidentified men standing in front of beached pierhead, 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 6
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108th pierhead with dusk just starting on the bridge. Phoenix's in background , 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 7
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Chuck Higgins manning a 20 mm anti aircraft gun on pierhead. Phoenix in background , 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 8
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L.S.T. [Landing Ship, Tank] unloading on pierhead , 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 9
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108th pierhead after the storm , 1944

  • Box WH-59, item 10
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Two unidentified men working on top of phoenix, 1944

  • Box WH-60, item 11
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Chow line at Tilbury , 1944

  • Box WH-60, item 12
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Limey tug boat in rear, this type of boat was used for towing phoenixs , 1944

  • Box WH-60, item 13
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Two unidentified men standing in front of rows of tents, Tilbury Camp - Buzz bomb lane. My tent second one in left row, 1944

  • Box WH-60, item 14
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Unidentified men building a phoenix caisson, 1944

  • Box WH-60, item 15
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Construction of a phoenix caisson, 1944

  • Box WH-60, item 16
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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.

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