Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Paul Harris World War II photograph album

Abstract

The Paul Harris World War II photograph album (dated 1942-1945; 0.47 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises one photograph album that documents the service of Paul Harris in the army as an ambulance driver during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Paul Harris World War II photograph album
Creator
Harris, Paul
Extent
0.47 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Photography.
World War, 1939-1945.
Military life.
Ambulances.
Europe
Family.
Friendship.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography
Arrangement
Collection retains its original order. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0820: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Paul Harris World War II photograph album, 1942-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Paul Harris (1912-1994) was born in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1936, he married Virgie Smith (1912-1995), and by 1940, the couple was living in West Virginia. In December 1942, Harris enlisted in the United States Army, becoming an ambulance driver with the 37th medical ambulance battalion. He served for three years, heading overseas to France and Germany, before returning to West Virginia in December 1945. 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 Paul Harris World War II photograph album (dated 1942-1945; 0.47 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises one photograph album that documents the service of Paul Harris in the army as an ambulance driver during World War II. The album is 74 pages long and has 438 photographs. In the album Harris includes photographs that depict daily life as an ambulance driver, basic training, going home on a furlough, heading overseas, fixing vehicles, moving to various cities, caring for soldiers and local citizens, sightseeing, celebrating the end of the war, and touring Europe before returning to home.
The Paul Harris World War II photograph album 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

Paul Harris World War II photograph album, 1942-1945

  • Box 1, folder 1-38
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