EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. 1890-1969.
ARCHIVE AND PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE OF IKE'S WWII AIDE-DE-CAMP.
Very extensive archive from the estate of Eisenhower's Aide-de-Camp, Lt. Col. Ernest Lee [1911-1965]. Lee was evidently an avid collector, included in the group are transmittal envelopes to his mother from wartime sending her photographs and presumably letters and printed ephemera. Includes:
1. Approximately 1200 vintage gelatin silver print photographs, primarily wire photographs, but including a significant grouping of amateur photographs presumably by Lee (at least one captioned in the first person), some scenic views of Italy and France, shots taken on the HMS Charybdis (which brought Ike from Tripoli in Operation Avalanche), a football game organized for Ike's birthday and Ike inspecting a Howitzer 4 miles from the front line in Salerno. There is also a series of 20 candid but professional-quality photographs of an inspection F.D.R. made to the troops in North Africa and/or Italy in 1943, one photograph shows Roosevelt in the customized jeep he is known to have used in Sicily, several photographs show Eisenhower and Roosevelt together. Also numerous 8 by 10 aerial photos from B-17 bombing missions and a group of the color transparencies and slides.
2. Full document box of correspondence, ephemera, and miscellaneous documents collected by Ernest Lee, nearly all war-date. Includes typewritten copies of cables, including one dated 6 June 1944 (D-Day) to General Marshall, Army Chief of Staff: "The weather yesterday which was original date selected was impossible all along the target coast.... Yesterday I visited British Troops about to embark and last night saw a great portion of a United States Airborne division just prior to its takeoff. The enthusiasm, toughness and obvious fitness of every single man were high and the light of battle was in their eyes;" several groups of accounting documents relating to Supreme Army Headquarters' day to day expenditures; blank Adolph Hitler desk card (some soiling); Eisenhower/Nixon presidential campaign memorabilia, including an invitation for Lee to attend the inauguration, parking passes for Eisenhower's vehicle signed by Lt Col Connoly, Lee's own US Govt issued card stating goodwill to the Arab people, and numerous other documents related to Lt Col Lee's career in the Second World War.