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Charlestown Clark County Public Library

This collection consists of 1600 letters written to Jesse G. Dorsey by over three hundred military personnel and their families during World War II.  Dorsey, Director of Recreation & Welfare for the Louisville Cement Company and editor of the Speedometer (employee newsletter), acted as host to military personnel who were stationed nearbly.   He began a letter exhcange program to send service members news from home during the war. The letters are from all over the world and reflect the soldiers views.  Early letters discussed  the weather, food and missing home while later letters discussed the devastation of the war and its effect on the soldiers.

This collection was created in part by funding from a grant from the Indiana State Library made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services

 

 

 
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