Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: World War II newspapers

Abstract

The World War II newspapers (dated 1941-1945, 1986, undated; 0.44 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises newspapers published by American and British forces in Europe and the Pacific, city newspapers published in the United States, and clippings of articles that document the experiences of a majority of the world during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: World War II newspapers
Date
1941-1945, 1986, undated (inclusive)
Extent
0.44 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Stars and stripes.
World War, 1939-1945.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
V-E Day, 1945.
V-J Day, 1945.
Military life.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, British.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0647: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: World War II newspapers, 1941-1945, 1986, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
During World War II, newspapers and other news publications became the best way to inform readers with a broad view of the war and the experiences of those on the front lines, coming from many key nations involved in the conflict. Along with keeping the morale of service men up and creating an atmosphere of solidarity, journalism was vital in informing the men about events in their unit, immediate area, news from home, and the war as a whole. Many newspapers were written by servicemen themselves, while others were sanctioned by senior staff and had more official agendas. Soldiers would commonly send clippings from newspapers or whole newspapers home when they could, to also keep their families and loved ones informed about the war and their actions.
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 World War II newspapers (dated 1941-1945, 1986, undated; 0.44 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises newspapers published by American and British forces in Europe and the Pacific, city newspapers published in the United States, and clippings of articles that document the experiences of a majority of the world during World War II. The majority of the collection are Stars and Stripes newspapers, published in France, England, and Germany between 1943 and 1945. Other military-run newspapers include the Beachhead News, a GI-run paper; the Union Jack, a British Army newspaper; The Manila Post, and the Manila Comet. Local newspapers published in the United States include The Times, The Louisville Times, and the American War Mother. All newspapers cover events happening during World War II, including the United States declaring war on December 8, 1941, Allied movements and battle victories, Hitler's death, victory in Europe, the Japanese surrender, and the subsequent occupation of Germany and Japan after their surrenders. Additionally, one article from 1986 covers US military men bringing home brides from Europe that they met while serving overseas, and their subsequent married lives together.
The World War II newspapers 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

The American War Mother, 1943 August

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Beachhead News, 1945 May 6-8

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Clippings and article on war brides, 1944, 1986, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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The Louisville Times, 1941 December 8

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Manila Comet, 1945 August 16

  • Box 1, folder 5
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The Manila Post, 1945 August 12

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Servicemen's Courier-Journal for Overseas, 1944 September 29

  • Box 1, folder 7
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The Stars and Stripes - Germany edition, 1945 April - May

  • Box 1, folder 8
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The Stars and Stripes - London edition, 1943-1945

  • Box 1, folder 9
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The Stars and Stripes - Nancy edition, 1945 February - March

  • Box 1, folder 10
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The Stars and Stripes - Nice-Marseille edition, 1945 June 2

  • Box 1, folder 11
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The Stars and Stripes - Paris edition, 1945 February - May

  • Box 1, folder 12
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The Stars and Stripes - Southern Germany edition, 1945 May 8-14

  • Box 1, folder 13
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The Times, 1945 August 28

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Union Jack, 1943

  • Box 1, folder 15
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