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Guide to the Hanley (Waverly D.) Papers


Overview of the Collection


Repository: McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Creator: Waverly Dunlap Hanley

Collection Number: M429

Title: Hanley (Waverly D.) Papers

Dates: 1859-1991

Quantity: 1.35 cubic feet

Abstract: This collection contains personal and business correspondence, documents, photographs, and miscellaneous materials kept by Waverly Dunlap Hanley.


Historical Sketch

Waverly Dunlap Hanley, son of William C. and Juliet Balfour Hanley, was born on August 13, 1911, and grew up in Como, Mississippi. Hanley graduated from the Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1929. At the start of World War II, he entered the United States Army on April 24, 1942. Hanley was a member of Company B of the 22nd Battalion, 3rd Platoon. He was first stationed at Branch Immaterial Replacement Training Center (BIRTC) at Fort McClellan, Alabama in May of 1942. By September of 1942, he was in Liverpool, England. From 1943-1946 he was stationed in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, however, the exact locations are unknown. Over the course of his time in the Army, Hanley kept in close contact with his mother. Sadly, Juliet Hanley passed away on August 19, 1943. Hanley was on active duty at the time and was unable to attend the funeral service.

On June 13, 1946, Hanley was granted an honorable discharge. He was awarded the Eameto Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. Soon after his discharge, he married Marie Wicker, but the two divorced in December of 1946. He then married Martha Childress, and they settled in Como, Mississippi. Hanley was a member of Como United Methodist Church and the Memphis Rose Society.

Waverly Hanley died on Thursday, May 22, 1975 at North Panola Regional Hospital in Sardis, Mississippi. He was 63 years old. He was survived by his wife, Martha, and five cousins: Mrs. Wayne Johnson (Juliet), Mrs. Kathryn Balfour, Jeff and Andrew Balfour and Mrs. Ernest Pokorski.


Sources:

Contents of the Collection.


Scope and Content Note:

The Waverly Dunlap Hanley Papers consist of a variety of papers, letters, personal and financial documents, and some photographs. Although the inclusive dates are from 1859-1991, the bulk of material in this collection dates from 1908-1985. The majority of the collection deals with W.D. Hanley’s papers. Other parts of the collection refer to the families to whom Hanley was related, or who had an impact on him in some way.

The collection is arranged in five series:

Series I: The Hanley Family
Series II: The Dunlap Family
Series III: The Balfour Family
Series IV: The Simpson Family
Series V: The Maddox Family

Series I is the bulk of the collection. It consists of name cards, business papers, financial documents, payment records, deeds and leases, and property maintenance records. There is correspondence between W.D. Hanley and his mother, as well as greeting cards. There is also correspondence between Hanley and friends and between Hanley and girlfriend Marie Wicker. Most of the correspondence dates to Hanley’s time in the Army during World War II. Two items of interest are a handwritten will penned by Hanley, as well as a copy of his obituary.

Series II deals with the Dunlap family. Hanley’s aunt, Kathryn Balfour, married into this family. This series consists of Dunlap name cards, property research, business papers and correspondence. An item of interest is Kathryn Dunlap’s wallet.

Series III consists of the genealogy and name cards of the Balfour family. Rounding out the series is correspondence concerning Juliet Balfour, E.W. Balfour, and Mrs. C.M. Balfour.

Series IV is composed of a newspaper clipping naming E.W. Balfour as the executor in Mrs. S. Simpson’s estate. There are also notes referring to Juliet Balfour that pertain to the settlement of Mrs. Simpson’s estate.

Series V consists of a letter written by John E. Maddox to his wife. The letter was written in 1859 and describes how Maddox will soon be returning from a long trip. He also makes reference to a remodeling project on the gin house. This letter is the only paper from this particular time period, or that refers to the Maddox family.


Topics Covered:

World War II
The Hanley Family
The Balfour Family
The Dunlap Family
The Simpson Family
The Maddox Family


Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi by Mr. Jeff Balfour on June 14, 2004.

Restrictions Governing Access:

No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions Governing Use:

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:

Item, Title of Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi.

Language of Materials:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Clark

Related Material:

AM 96-25 Balfour (Jeff) Papers


Other Finding Aids:

Container List
Photograph Log


Container List:

Box
Folder
 
1
1
Hanley Name Cards
1
2
Juliet Balfour Hanley Correspondence (1914-1941)
1
3
Mrs. J.B. Hanley Lease Contract (January 1932)
1
4
Correspondence from W.D. Hanley to Mother (undated)
1
5
Correspondence from W.D. Hanley (November 10, 1920; undated)
1
6
Unidentified Letter (ca. December 1918)
1
7
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Mother (November 1927)
1
8
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Aunt Tetess (undated)
1
9
Gulf Coast Military Academy (1929)
1
10
Memo Regarding Inspection/Protocol (undated)
1
11
Hanley Military Memorabilia (1942-1943)
1
12
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Mother (April 1942-July 1942)
1
13
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Mother (August 1942-March 1943)
1
14
Greeting Cards to W.D. Hanley from Mother (1942-1943)
15
1
15
V-Mail to W.D. Hanley from Mother (August 10, 1942)
1
16
V-Mail to W.D. Hanley from Aunt Tetess (Celeste McKenzie Balfour) (August 20, 1943-September 27, 1943)
1
17
V-Mail Minis to W.D. Hanley from Family (August 1942-1943)
1
18
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Family (January- December 1943)
1
19
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Friends (July 28, 1942-June 5, 1944)
1
20
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Marie Wicker (April 1942-June 1942)
1
21
Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Friends (September 1942-1944)
1
22
V-Mail Correspondence to W.D. Hanley from Bill Beezley (May 26, 1943-February 2, 1944)
 
Box
Folder
 
2
1
Unidentified Letter mentioning Bill Beezley (undated)
2
2
Letter to Mrs. Hanley mentioning Bill Beezley (undated)
2
3
Hometown Newsletter to W.D. Hanley
2
4
Greeting Cards to W.D. Hanley from Aunt Tetess (December 1943-February 1944)
2
5
Christmas Cards to W.D. Hanley from Friends (November 1943-December 1943)
2
6
Unidentified Greeting Cards (undated)
2
7
Thank You Letter to W.D. Hanley (January 20, 1945)
2
8
W.D. Hanley Discharge Papers (June 13, 1946)
2
9
W. D. Hanley/Marie Wicker Divorce Notice (December 10, 1946)
2
10
Hanley Warranty Deeds
2
11
Hanley Business Correspondence (1950-1975)
2
12
Misc. Purchase Orders and Promissory Notes (1943-1991)
2
13
Hanley Insurance Papers (1948-1981)
2
14
Hanley Loan Information (1961, 1964, 1970)
2
15
Hanley Deed of Trust (September 1947-March 1991)
2
16
Hanley Lease Contracts (1946-1981)
2
17
Hanley Housing Estimates/Installation Fees on Como, MS Property (1964)
2
18
Hanley Property Refurbishing (ca. 1960-1970)
2
19
Hanley Property Maintenance Records (1957-1983)
2
20
W. D. Hanley’s Will (October 30, 1972)
2
21
W. D. Hanley’s Obituary (May 29, 1975)
2
22
Hanley Special Assessment Property (August 18, 1975)
2
23
Hanley Property Land Survey (1981)
2
24
Selling Proposals/Agreements to Mrs. Martha Childress Hanley (1981)
2
25
General Land Survey (1982)

Box
Folder
 
3
1
Hanley Quitclaim Deed (1982)
3
2
May’s Option to Purchase Hanley Lot (undated)
3
3
Mrs. Martha Hanley Business Correspondence (1970-1982)
3
4
Martha Hanley Payment Records (1982-1985)
3
5
Correspondence to Mrs. W.D. Hanley (Martha) (1981, 1985)
3
6
Correspondence to Mrs. Juliet Balfour Johnson (1982)
3
7
Assorted Name Cards
3
8
Monthly Time Book (Owner Unknown)
3
9
Poetry (No Author, No Date)
3
10
“Our Country Long Ago” Essay (No Author, No Date)
3
11
Notes (undated)
3
12
Sympathy Letter Unsigned (undated)
3
13
Dunlap Name Cards
3
14
Dunlap Property Research (1881-1896)
3
15
Dunlap Property Research (1922-1946)
3
16
Dunlap Medicine Company (ca. 1929)
3
17
Dunlap Chemical Company (1929)
3
18
Dunlap Chemical Company: Purchase Orders and Promissory (1928-1930)
3
19
E. H. Dunlap Land Warranty Deeds/Leases (1882-1914)
3
20
Mrs. E.H. Dunlap Deeds (1901, 1904)
3
21
Dunlap Business Papers (1915, 1929, undated)
3
22
Letter from Ethel (September 16, 1932)
3
23
E.H. Dunlap Estate Settlement (1934)
3
24
Unidentified Letter Written on Dunlap Stationary (undated)
3
25
Correspondence to Mrs. E.H. Dunlap (January 1915-July 1926)
3
26
Kathryn Balfour Dunlap’s Wallet
3
27
Correspondence to Juliet Balfour Dunlap (December 24, 1915)
3
28
Balfour Genealogy and Name Cards
3
29
Correspondence to Juliet Balfour from I.J.N. (April 1908-April 1909)
3
30
Correspondence to Miss Juliet Balfour (ca. 1910)
3
31
Miscellaneous Memorabilia
3
32
E.W. Balfour Correspondence (November 16, 1920)
3
33
Correspondence to Mrs. C.M. Balfour (1920, 1946)
3
34
Simpson Estate
3
35
Letter from John E. Maddox to His Wife (August 3, 1859)
3
36
Unidentified Photographs
3
37
Nuremberg Photographs (ca. April of 1945)

M429
Hanley (Waverly D.) Papers
Photograph Log

M429-1 Dulcie
  3.5 X 5.5 B&W June 28, 1943
  A formal head and shoulders portrait of a woman in her late 30s or early 40s. Handwritten in the bottom right hand corner is “Yours, Dulcie.” (Box 3, Folder 36)
   
M429-2 Woman on Porch Steps
  2.5 X 2.75 B&W circa 1940’s
  A woman in a knee length dress stands on a set of steps leading to a residential dwelling. (Box 3, Folder 36)
   
M429-3 Army Men
  3.5 X 5.5 B&W circa 1940’s
  A group of men in army uniforms are posed in front of a train.
(Box 3, Folder 36)
   
M429-4 Luitpold Arena, Nuremberg, Germany
  9.5 X 12 B&W circa 1945
  This photo was taken in Nuremberg, Germany and is of the Luitpold Arena. In April of 1945, the Luitpold Arena was dismantled. It was used as a rally arena and demonstration field in World War II. (Box 3, Folder 37)
   
M429-5 Zeppelintribune Grandstand
  9.5 X 12 B&W circa 1945
  This is a photo of the Zeppelintribune Grandstand. The Zeppelinfeld, in Nuremberg, Germany was a demonstration field used by Hitler’s regime in World War II. (Box 3, Folder 37)
   
M429-6 Kongresshalle Construction
  9.5 X 12 B&W circa 1945
  The Kongresshalle in Nuremberg, Germany, was constructed near the Danube Canal. In the photo, one can see the Kongresshalle was still under construction. An inscription on the back of the photo reads “Fur Erinneruug an Drine”. This has been tentatively translated as “In memory of the inside.” (Box 3, Folder 37)




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