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Henry L. Harrell, Sr. collection

 Collection — Container: 08.0150 - Box 1
Identifier: 08.0150

Scope and Contents

The papers include photocopies of letters from Henry L. Harrell, Sr. to his wife, Frances Harrell and his children while stationed in Europe in 1945. Harrell moved often, working in France, Germany, and Austria. His letters include recollections of interactions with European civilians, daily operations of POW hospitals, providing sanitation and medical treatment of POWs and Holocaust survivors, as well as religious (Church) services and daily life for GIs. Harrell’s letters also elaborate on diagnoses (pathologies) found in these hospitals, and hint at the experiences of Holocaust survivors and POWs. The letters also include recollections of his travels throughout France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. The manuscript also includes a few photocopies of postcards, newspaper clipping, photographs, and military identification. A signed book of memoirs by Henry L. Harrell, Sr. and newspaper article are also included in the collection.


  • Created: 1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/22/2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Henry L. Harrell, Sr. was a physician with the US Army 515th Medical Clearing Company. He was born on December 5, 1908 in Cannon Co., Tennessee, and attended the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.  He was discharged on December 6, 1945. During the war, he and his family lived in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Lieutenant Colonel Harrell served in Europe from January-September 1945. After his return back from the European Theater, he worked as a physician in Ocala, Florida.


1.00 boxes

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Henry Harrell Jr. M.D.

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

A memoir written by Henry L. Harrell Sr. M.D., The Sounding Furrows, may be found at FSU Special Collections: [url=][/url]

Processing Information

Revised 5/17/2017, Revised 5/18/2017, Revised August 21, 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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