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Guide to the Wallace Reid letters MSS.4030

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266


Publication Date: September 2014

Collection Title:

Wallace Reid papers

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


0.4 Linear feet




Letters, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and other World War II materials belonging to this Locust Fork, Alabama, soldier.

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Reid, Wallace, 1925-

Scope and Contents Note:

The Wallace Reid papers include letters, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, World War II souvenirs from Europe, photographs, and a handwritten memoirs. All of the materials document Reid's involvement in World War II. Almost all of the letters were written by Reid to his parents. Despite the fact that he often wrote these before, during, and after battles, Reid clearly tried to remain positive in his letters to prevent his parents from worrying about him. His memoirs addresses this and provides the more horrific details of his experience.

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Biographical/Historical Note:

Born in 1925 in Locust Fork, Alabama, Wallace Reid is the youngest of eight children. His older brothers Bryson and Tracy ("Ted") had already joined the military when he reported for duty on October 7, 1943, at the Tarrant City draft board. He was eighteen years old. He had been working at Kinney's Shoe Store for a year after graduating from high school. His parents were sixty-one and fifty-nine, and his mother was unwell, living at a nursing home. His father had worked as a prison guard.


V-E Day, 1945

World War II

World War, 1939-1945

World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy

World War, 1939-1945--Medical care

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Letters: March - April 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 1

Letters: May - August 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 2

Letters: September - October 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 3

Letters: November - December 1944 and undated 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 4

Letters: February -April 1945 Box 4030.001 Folder 5

Letters: May - August 1945 Box 4030.001 Folder 6

Letters: September - December 1945 Box 4030.001 Folder 7

Letter fragment and miscellaneous envelopes Box 4030.001 Folder 8

Greeting Cards and Postcards Box 4030.001 Folder 9

Scrapbook Pages Box 4030.001 Folder 10

Scrapbook Pages Box 4030.001 Folder 11

Souvenirs Box 4030.001 Folder 12

Souvenirs from Europe Box 4030.001 Folder 13

Photos Box 4030.001 Folder 14

IDs and Miscellaneous Papers Box 4030.001 Folder 15

Memoirs (red notebook) Box 4030.01 Folder 16