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John Lesslie Hall, Jr. Papers, 1893-1973

John Lesslie Hall, Jr. Papers, 1893-1973
Mss. 78 H14
14.5 Cubic Feet
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27 boxes
Scope and Contents

Papers, 1937-1973, of Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr. of Williamsburg and Alexandria, Va. and while stationed at Pearl Harbor, San Francisco and Norfolk, Va. The papers are both personal and professional. The collection contains material concerning World War II Operations TORCH (North Africa), BIGOT-HUSKY, AVALANCHE (Salerno), NEPTUNE-OVERLORD, and as well as the Army-Navy joint agreement on Normandy. Also includes material pertaining to his work with the USO, the Naval War College, Army War College and Armed Forces Staff College as well as speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs and pamphlets. While the majority of the correspondence is with his wife and with his brother Channing M. Hall, there is correspondence with prominent individuals: Omar Bradley, Arleigh Burke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Ernest Joseph King, George C. Marshall, Chester W. Nimitz, George S. Patton, Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and other high-ranking military and civilian figures.


Additions (2000.8A) to the collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, as well as photographs of a Swem Library exhibit relating to the papers and memorabilia of Admiral Hall and (2007.84) research papers, memoirs, interviews, and correspondence of and with Hall by one of his biographers, Susan H. Godson, which was used by Godson for compiling "Viking of Assault: Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr., and Amphibious Warfare" (Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1982).


Humorous certificate, "Imperium Neptuni Regis" signed by Commander J.L. Hall, Jr. , U.S. Navy, dated December 13, 1934.  Filed in first box of oversize.

Letter from Press Secretary James Hagerty to Lesslie Hall, dated 1955, attached to April 20, 1953 letter from Dwight Eisenhower to Lessie Hall.  Box 5, Folder 5, 1953 correspondence.

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Hall, John Lesslie, Jr. (1891-1978)
Burke, Arleigh A. (1901-1996)
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David) (1890-1969)
Fairbanks, Douglas (1909-)
Godson, Susan Hall
King, Ernest Joseph (1878-1956)
Marshall, George C. (George Catlett) (1880-1959)
Nimitz, Chester W. (1885-1966)
Patton, George S. (George Smith) (1885-1945)
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) (1882-1945)
Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
John L. Hall (Ship)
Operation Neptune
Operation Overlord
Operation Torch
Oral histories
United Service Organizations (U.S.)
United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--European Front
Agendas (administrative records)
Manuscripts (document genre)

Detailed Description

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Administrative Information


Collection is open to all researchers with the exception of Folder 41: John W. Wilcox, Jr., (part of Mss.Acc. 2007.84) which is closed until 2018.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Admiral John L. Hall, Jr. and Mrs. Susan Hall Godson.
Gifts of John L. Hall, Jr.(Acc. 1978.33)  (08/09/1978) and Susan H. Godson (10/16/1992, 05/16/1992, 08/01/2003, and 2007).
Related Materials

Mss. 90 H14 Hall Family Papers

Audiocassettes from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Preferred Citation
Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr. Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:

Additional materials have been added to the collection since it was processed in 1991.

Updated by Anne Johnson in 2009 and 2010.

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A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

See also the Finding Aid/Inventory for descriptions of additions.

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