Sub-fonds - 2nd Air Division Memorial Library

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2nd Air Division Memorial Library


  • 1944-1998 (Creation)

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15 boxes; 3 photographic boxes; 34 audio recordings

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American Memorial Room opened in Norwich Central Library, Bethel Street, 1963. Dedication ceremony for Memorial Room, 13 June 1963. American Memorial Room destroyed in Norwich Central Library fire, 1994. Temporary Memorial Library opens within temporary Norwich Central Library, Ber Street, Norwich, 28 February 1995. New 2nd Air Division Memorial Library opened within the Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library in the Forum, Norwich, 1 November 2001. Dedication ceremony for new Memorial Library, 7 November 2001.\r\nFirst proposals for a memorial to the personnel of the 2nd Air Division in East Anglia who lost their lives during the Second World War, 1945. The Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division founded with aim of bringing the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library into being, 1945. Administered by the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division.\r\nThe 2nd Air Division Memorial Library grew from funds raised in 1945 by 2nd Air Division personnel, which were placed under the care of the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division, United States Army Air Force (USAAF). The dedication of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Room took place on 13 June 1963. The room housed the Roll of Honor, as well as a collection of books on the 2nd Air Division and various other aspects of American life and culture. In addition, a Memorial Fountain, complete with stones from all 50 states in the United States, was built outside.\r\nOn 1 August 1994, a fire broke out in the Norwich Central Library destroying most of the books, the original Roll of Honor, and display items in the Memorial Room. The 2nd Air Division archive, held by the Norfolk Record Office and located in the basement of the building, was not destroyed by the fire. Following the 1994 Norwich Central Library Fire, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Room was housed temporarily in Noverre House, Norwich, and then longer-term in Glasswells, 71 Ber Street, Norwich. On 1 November 2001, the new 2nd Air Division Memorial Library was opened in The Forum.\r\nFulbright Librarians and American Scholars:\r\nThrough funds raised by the 2nd Air Division Association, an American Fulbright scholar was appointed annually between 1986-2007 to work as part of the Memorial Library team. Since then, two scholarships have been awarded to American post-graduate students studying at the University of East Anglia.

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Contains records created and collected by the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, as well as records donated to the Memorial Library, and relating to its activities. Includes the original 2nd Air Division memorial appeal leaflet and Library literature, news cuttings relating to Library activities, and sound recordings relating to, and collected by, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library.

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The Norfolk Record Office requires the permission of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust Librarian before we can supply copies of any documents in this archive, copyright permitting. Please contact the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust Librarian: e-mail; telephone, +44 (0) 01603 774747 and postal address, The 2nd Air Division (USAAF) Memorial Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1AW, England.
If you are interested in copies of sound recordings in this archive, copying restrictions may apply. Please contact Norfolk Sound Archive staff for details: e-mail; telephone, + 44 (0) 01603 222599 and postal address, Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ.

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Various records of individual servicemen and women also contain documents relating to the Memorial Libary. In particular there are the following records:
1) For a copy of a Library appeal brochure, 1945, and article from 'The Retired Officer' (December 1976) describing the Memorial Library, see MC 371/39.
2) For a memorandum: 'Notes on proposed 2nd Air Division Memorial In Norwich', see MC 371/443.
3) For newspaper articles relating to the dedication of Memorial Library, 1963, see MC 371/596.
4) For a list of donors to the Memorial Library Pallas-Athene map with key installation, see MC 376/252. For other documents relating to the Memorial Library 'key' see MC 371/806 and MC371/816.

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Select Bibliography:
For a more detaled history of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library and current information about its work, see their website at <>[accessed 16 November 2010]. For a copy of 'Second Air Division Memorial: United States Eighth Air Force,' (Rackheath, 2006), a printed history about the history of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library and Trust, see MC 376/615.

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Created 26/07/2005 by Droip. Modified 07/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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