Jean Kiger Papers

Jean Kiger

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Title: Jean Kiger Papers

Dates: 1910s-late 1940s

Creator: Jean Kiger

Summary/Abstract: Jean Kiger worked as an administrative assistant at the Smyrna Air Force Base during World War II. These papers include materials from her time there, as well as personal materials from her days attending Hume Fogg High School in Nashville. Kiger’s nephew, Richard Kiger, states in a letter included as part of the collection that Kiger’s papers do two things. One is “to shed some light on daily life at the air base and to identify some of the men and women who worked there or who passed through on their way to other assignments.” The other is that the “items that relate to daily life in Nashville are the kind of ephemera that are usually trashed after a while, and so while they are commonplace, they may give an idea as to what life was like in the late 1920s and early 1930s that would be hard to find elsewhere.”

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately one (1) linear foot

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Jean Kiger Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Richard Kiger, March 1, 2000

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined

Arrangement: These papers are arranged into three series: Scrapbooks, Personal, and Smyrna Air Base.

Biographical Note: Jean Kiger was born in November of 1909 or 1910. Her family moved to Nashville from Philadelphia around 1920 and she spent the next twenty-five years as a resident of the city. This small collection consists of two scrapbooks and assorted documents that primarily pertain to Kiger’s time as Assistant Provost General at the Smyrna Air Base during World War II. In the late 1940s, Kiger moved with her mother to Wilmington, Ohio to be near family. She retired in the mid-1970s from the DuPont Company after nearly thirty years of service.

Scope and Content: The first series consists entirely of scrapbooks. The earlier scrapbook was compiled during Kiger's youth in Nashville and contains a variety of materials from the late 1920s and 1930s. The later scrapbook contained only four pages of photographs, primarily of servicemen from the Smyrna Air Base. Since the scrapbook paper is deteriorating rapidly, the photos were not glued in the scrapbook, and the scrapbook contained only a few lines of text, it was decided to remove the photographs and include them with the rest of the photo collection. The photos have been kept in the same order as they appeared in Kiger's scrapbook.

The personal series contains memorabilia from Kiger’s youth in Nashville. There are three issues of the Tatler, a small weekly newsletter of Hume-Fogg High School, postcards, an undated Grand Ole Opry program, and an invitation to a meeting of the Young Democratic Club.

The Smyrna Air Base series consists of assorted Smyrna Air Base and World War II army related memorabilia spanning the years 1943-1946 when Kiger was the Assistant Provost Marshall. Correspondence, clippings, a telephone directory, and even a joke are included.

Associated Materials: All photographs and negatives from the Kiger Collection are stored separately in the Kiger Photograph Collection. The photographs span Kiger’s youth to her time at the Smyrna Air Base. Richard Kiger also included several photographs of Granville Lipscomb, a popular chemistry teacher at Hume-Fogg High School.

The earlier scrapbook was compiled during Kiger's youth in Nashville and contains a variety of materials from the late 1920s and 1930s. The later scrapbook contained only four pages of photographs, primarily of servicemen from the Smyrna Air Base. Since the scrapbook paper is deteriorating rapidly, the photos were not glued in the scrapbook, and the scrapbook contained only a few lines of text, it was decided to remove the photographs and include them with the rest of the photo collection. The photos have been kept in same order as they appeared in Kiger's scrapbook.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Jean Kiger
Richard Kiger
Granville Lipscomb

Places
Nashville, Tennessee
Smyrna, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
World War II
United States Air Force

Material Types
Ephemera; Scrapbooks
Photographs
Clippings
Newsletters
Correspondence
Publications
Printed Material

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

 

Scrapbooks

Leather Covered Memory Book-1927

2

1

Scrapbooks

Wedding Clippings

2

2

Scrapbooks

Misc. Clippings, Clippings from Scrapbook

2

3

Scrapbooks

Football ticket/Giftbook/Sunday School Article

 

4

Scrapbooks

Tally's

2

5

Scrapbooks

Misc. clippings, cards

2

6

Scrapbooks

Misc. clippings, letters

2

7

Scrapbooks

Scrapbook materials

2

8

Scrapbooks

Ridgeway Inn Menu, Copy of Ridgeway Inn Menu

2

9

Personal

Letter from Richard Kiger

2

10

Personal

The Tatlor, Feb. 15-29, 1932 Hume Fogg High School Weekly from 1932

2

11

Personal

Postcards Army Camps, Fort Ogelthorpe, Chickamauga

2

12

Personal

Grand Ole Opry/ Grand

2

13

Smyrna Air

Army Hit Kit Popular, Songbooks from Apr. 1943-Oct. 1944

2

14

Smyrna Air

Clippings Smyrna Air, Base Clippings from 1944-45

2

15

Smyrna Air

Correspondence, 3 letters from 1945-46

2

16

Smyrna Air

Smyrna Air Base Telephone Directory, Copy of Telephone Directory

2

17

Smyrna Air

Commendation to Provost Marshal Smyrna Air Base

2

18

Smyrna Air

Joke letter & Poem, Copy of a joke and poem

2

19

Smyrna Air

List of Names/Places, Various Names and Places related to the Air base

2

20

Smyrna Air

Decal & Badge, Army Air Force Decal & Smyrna Air Base Badge