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Martin L. Allday correspondence

 Collection — Box: JM Multi Small 1, Folder: 6
Identifier: JM013


Two letters, one dated 1995 October 11 from James A. Michener to Martin L. Allday regarding Michener's views on the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan during World War II and a second dated 1997 December 12 from Martin Allday to Gary Pitkin giving context to the first letter.


  • 1995-1997
  • Existence: 1997-12-12


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The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information contact James A. Michener Library, Archival Services Department, University of Northern Colorado, campus Box 48, Greeley, CO 80639, Phone: (970) 351-2854, E-mail:

Biographical / Historical

In 1995 there was to be an exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and the end of World War II. It was to open May 1995. Amid the controversy over the planned content of that exhibit, the original design was scrapped and a pared-down exhibit was mounted in its place. That exhibit, The Enola Gay, opened in late June. During this time Allday and Michener had a conversation about these issues. Soon after, Michener wrote this letter to Allday and requested that it not be made public until after Michener's death. For more information on the The Enola Gay exhibit see: Biography of Martin L. Allday: Martin L. Allday was an eighteen year old infantry man who was wounded at Okinawa. Allday and Michener met at a wedding celebration and became involved in a conversation regarding the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. For a short biographical sketch of Martin L. Allday, see:


1 Folder(s) (Series 1: Correspondence)

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Martin L. Allday Correspondence
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