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Stewart O. Keen and Virgil E. Keen Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0663

Scope and Contents

The Stewart O. Keen and Virgil E. Keen Papers consists primarily of correspondence written by brothers Stewart Jr. and Virgil Keen from Europe to their family in Mavisdale, Virginia during World War II. The 233 letters (including 68 V-mail letters) contain descriptions of the weather, European civilian life, Germany, France, Belgium, prices for items, and entertainment for enlisted men. Stewart Keen Jr. enclosed a German uniform insignia in one missive. The collection also includes a Blue Star service banner, presumably hung for the brothers; a map of the European theater of operations; a small zipper bag bearing Virgil Keen's name; and some military documents pertaining to Stewart, Virgil, and their father, Stewart O. Keen, Sr.


  • 1917-1987, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1943 - 1945


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


1.17 linear feet

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Method of Acquisition

The papers of Stewart Jr. and Virgil Keen were placed in the Archives of Appalachia on February 11, 2004 by Maurene Keen McClanahan, sister of Stewart Jr. and Virgil Keen.

Processing Information

Dusty Hibbs completed the processing and the collection was opened for research in June 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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