Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts papers

Abstract

The Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts papers (dated 1912-1943, bulk 1942-1943; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters and papers documenting the experiences of soldiers in the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy stationed stateside and abroad during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts papers
Creator
Storts, Edna J. Lemons, 1911-1986
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Kentucky
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
World War, 1939-1945 -- Kentucky.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
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
2009ms132.0128: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts papers, 1912-1943, bulk 1942-1943, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts (1911-1986) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Harry Lemons (1890-1942) and Edna Ruth Staab (1893-1966); she was the younger of two daughters. Her sister, Mary L. Lemons Colston (b. 1909), was a stenographer for a Louisville attorney and her father was a railroad car inspector. For the duration of World War II, Boots was engaged to John S. Storts (1921-1992), a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, and they married in 1945. John was in the 2nd Marine Division and saw action at Guadalcanal and most likely Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa too.
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 Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts papers (dated 1912-1943, bulk 1942-1943; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters and papers documenting the experiences of soldiers in the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy stationed stateside and abroad during World War II. The letters are sent to Edna and come from a variety of authors, including future husband John Storts, future brother-in-law U. Hershey Storts, and boyfriends Harry T. Anderson, Robert Ruckreigel, and Theodore Konecko. The letters discuss having meals with Edna and her parents while the men were in Kentucky, dances attended, work, training, experiences within camps, family relationships, and daily events. Within the letters there are several derogatory references made by the soldiers towards Germans, Japanese, and Italians. Additionally, the collection contains the marriage certificate of John Storts parents – Urban W. Storts and Susanna L. Hershey.
The Edna J. Boots Lemons Storts are 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 The 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

Urban W. Storts and Susanna L. Hershey marriage license, 1912

  • Box 219, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1942-1943, undated

1942 February

  • Box 219, folder 2
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1942 March

  • Box 219, folder 3
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1942 April

  • Box 219, folder 4
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1942 June

  • Box 219, folder 5
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1942 July-August

  • Box 219, folder 6
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1942 September-November

  • Box 219, folder 7
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1942 December

  • Box 219, folder 8
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1943 January-February

  • Box 219, folder 9
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1943 March

  • Box 219, folder 10
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1943 April

  • Box 219, folder 11
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1943 May-June

  • Box 219, folder 12
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1943 July

  • Box 219, folder 13
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1943 August

  • Box 219, folder 14
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1943 September-December

  • Box 219, folder 15
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Undated

  • Box 219, folder 16
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