William Horace Prater papers, 1937-1945

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Prater, William Horace.
Title: William Horace Prater papers, 1937-1945
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 706
Extent: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of William Horace Prater which detail his experiences serving abroad in World War II and include letters and other printed material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 1985


[after identification of item(s)], William Horace Prater papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

William Horace Prater, the son of the superintendent of the Exposition Cotton Mills in Atlanta, Georgia, served in England, France, and Germany in World War II.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of William Horace Prater from 1937-1945. The papers include letters from William Horace Prater to his parents and his brother, Ross Prater, written while he served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1943-1945). He wrote from training camp and from England, France, and Germany. Letters dated 1944 describe his participation in the Normandy invasion on D-Day; v-mail and letters bearing army censorship markings are included. The collection also includes issues of The Exposition (1937-1940), published by the Exposition Cotton Mills in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Container List

World War II letters
Box Folder Content
1 1 1943 January 1-August 31
1 2 1943 September - October 29
1 3 1943 November 3 - December 27
1 4 1944 January 1 - March 30
1 5 1944 April 4 - May 25
1 6 1944 June 1 - August 31
1 7 1944 September - December 22
1 8 1945 January 2 - February 20
1 9 1945 March 3 - April 28
1 10 1945 May 1 - June 30
1 11 1945 July 3 - October 5
World War II printed material
2 1 Army Song Book, compiled by the Adjutant General's Office in collaboration with the Library of Congress, 1941
2 2 Manual for Civilian Defense, n.d.
2 3 A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors, The Army and Navy Commission of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1941
2 4 U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Drive, letter and questionnaire, November 1942 [on Atlanta Lodge No. 78, B.P.O. Elks, Atlanta, Georgia stationary]
2 5 "When you are Overseas," War Department Pamphlet No. 21-1, July 29, 1943
Exposition Cotton Mill printed material
2 6 The Exposition, October 1937-September 1938
2 7 The Exposition, February 1939-May 1940
2 8 The Exposition, undated