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Ann Byrne Haile letters

Identifier: 2017-0005

Content Description

Love letters from Ann Byrne (Gallatin, TN) to Morris Haile (Baltimore, MD), written in 1942 during World War II. Morris is originally from Gallatin but is now employed by the Glenn L. Martin Company, an aviation company that made planes for the United States and its allies during WWII. Ann was a school teacher. Over a period of a few months, the letters transitioned from Ann not being sure Morris is her true love to planning their wedding, which took place on September 16, 1942. Ann writes to Morris about her friends and family and the ordeal of planning their wedding. She mentions that the War Department is going to be using her family farm for maneuvering exercises and that she felt sad for what was happening in Russia. The folder also contains a letter from a Cookeville, Tennesssee man, Tom Brown Upchurch, who wrote to Morris about attending aircraft sheet and metal training and inquiring about the area and about how to get a job at Glenn L Martin. There are three greeting cards that are representative of 1940s greeting cards. The Nashville Banner and the Examiner Tennessean are also briefly mentioned.

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  • 1942



72 Sheets


1 folder containing 68 letters and envelopes, 1 postcard and 3 greeting cards