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Records of the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division, United States Air Force (USAAF)
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Records of the Memorial Trust of the 2nd Air Division, United States Air Force (USAAF)

  • SO 247
  • Fonds
  • 1944-2010

This archive contains records created and collected by the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust in the course of its business. In particular, the records relate to its foundation in 1945, the planning and creation of the original 2nd Air Division Memorial Room in the Norwich Central Library, opened in 1963, refurbishments and alterations to the Memorial Room, 1980s-1990s, the destruction of the original Memorial Room in the Central Library fire, 1994, and the planning and opening of the new Memorial Library, opened in the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, 2001.

Summary of records (please note when following forward references that catalogue numbers do not always run in numerical order):

1) Minutes and meeting papers (see SO 247/1, follow forward):
Signed, unsigned and copy minutes from governors' regular meetings and some sub-committee meetings. They mainly relate to the ongoing maintenance and development of the Memorial Library and associated activities, mostly with the 2nd Air Division Association.

Contains the following:
Governors' minutes and meeting papers, 1944-2009 (see SO 247/1, follow forward).

Finance Sub-Committee minutes and meeting papers, 1999-2009 (see SO 247/21, follow forward).

Planning and Design Group minutes and papers, 1999-2002 (see SO 247/23, follow forward).

Library Sub-Committee minutes and meeting papers, 2002-2010 (see SO 247/29).

2) Correspondence and papers (see SO 247/30, follow forward):
Correspondence between Memorial Trust governors and with members of the 2nd Air Division Association, and others, relating to the ongoing operation of the Memorial Library and the organization of 2nd Air Division Association events.

Contains the following:
Trust correspondence and papers, 1945-1983: for files containing general correspondence, 1945-1983 (see SO 247/30, follow forward); for Trust correspondence files relating to specific issues (see SO 247/86, follow forward).

Clerks' correspondence and papers (see SO 247/108, follow forward). Contains files of correspondence and other papers maintained by clerks to the governors of the Memorial Trust.

Papers of individual governors and others acting in relation to the Memorial Trust (see SO 247/114, follow forward).

Foundation and administrative records (see SO 247/258, follow forward). Includes copies of the Declaration of Trust and the original Memorial fundraising appeal leaflet, governors' handbook and an address book maintained by the Trust.

3) Financial papers (see SO 247/263, follow forward):
Includes annual reports and statements of finance, including donations and investments. Further financial information is recorded within the minutes, meeting papers and correspondence files of the appropriate period.

4) Printed records (see SO 247/271, follow forward):
Includes Memorial Library brochures and postcards. Further information about the production of the brochures, postcards and other printed publicity can be found within the minutes, meeting papers and correspondence files of the appropriate period.

5) Research and papers relating to the history of the Trust and 2nd Air Division (see SO 247/273, follow forward):
Includes a list of Memorial Trust governors, Eighth Air Force unit histories and information about the Cambridge American Cemetery, Maddingley.

2nd Air Division Memorial Library; 1963-; Norwich, Norfolk

Correspondence and other papers

Copies of invitations, tickets and proposal for Memorial Trust Lecture series. Also contains press cuttings describing the heckling of Prof. Schlesinger at the lecture ('Eastern Evening News', 19 May 1968). Also contains an invitation to the American Lecture given by Prof Vincent R. Rogers, 5 May 1966.

Prof. Vincent R. Rogers; fl 1966; Minnesota, USA, London

John Judkyn Memorial, Bath

Publicity material for the John Judkyn Memorial with copy correspondence between Tom Eaton as Chairman of the American Memorial Trust, and James Ayres of the John Judkyn Memorial regarding interest in Judkyn Memorial loan kits and a donation made to the John Judkyn Memorial by the American Memorial Trust.

The John Judkyn Memorial is a collection of circulating exhibits and easily transportable loan kits on American subjects made available to schools by the American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD.

2nd Air Division Memorial Library; 1963-; Norwich, Norfolk

25th Annual Convention, Norwich

Also contains correspondence relating to the installation and unveiling of a plaque at 196 Heigham Street, commemorating the Heigham Street B-24 crash of 24 November 1944, and a list of memorials to Americans in Norfolk and Suffolk and list of local places in Norfolk with links to America. The Heigham Street air crash occurred on 24 November 1944, when the B-24 'Lady Jane' struck the tower of St Philip's church, Heigham, on return from a practice mission and crashed in the corporation yard, off Barker Street, two miles from Horsham St Faith's runway no. 35. All nine crew members on board were killed in the crash.

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