The Stewart O. Keen Family Collection includes correspondence written by brothers Stewart Jr. and Virgil Keen from Europe to their home in Mavisdale, VA during WWII. There are letters written by both brothers to their home and include descriptions of the weather, European civilian life, Germany, France, Belgium, prices for items, and entertainment for enlisted men. The collection also includes two maps mailed home by Virgil to his family detailing Phases 1 and 2 of the Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45. Also included in the collection is various memorabilia including classification cards, selective service cards, and membership cards from several veteran organizations.
The collection has been arranged in two series: Series 1, Correspondence, 1943-1946, and Series 2, Memorabilia. The letters have been organized into folders according to the author and then chronologically. The maps have been removed and placed in an oversized folder and placed into the map cabinets in accordance with the accession number.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of Stewart Jr. and Virgil Keen were placed in the Archives of Appalachia on February 11, 2004 by Maureen Keen McClanahan, sister of Stewart Jr. and Virgil Keen.
2 Maps of the Battle of the Bulge have been removed and placed in an oversized folder and arranged in the map cabinets according to the accession number.
Pages from military newspaper "29 Let's Go" have been removed and placed in an oversized folder and arranged in the map cabinets according to the accession number.
Dusty Hibbs completed the processing and the collection was opened for research in June 2004.