John Philip Clements (1910-2004) Papers, 1944-1945

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Clements, John Philip, 1910-2004

Title:  John Philip Clements (1910-2004) Papers, 1944-1945

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department.

Size of Collection:  1 cu. ft.

Location Number:  Mss. A C626a


Biographical Note

John Philip Clements was born in Fulton, Kentucky on January 3, 1910. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. and M.S. in Chemistry. He married Ona Mai Luten and together they had three children, Philip, Anne Marie and Sue Alma Clements. Clements worked as a teacher in Louisville, Kentucky prior to serving in the Army during World War II. He was the founder and president of the photo finishing plant of Fulltone Foto Company in Louisville. He died February 24, 2004 in Port Charlotte, Florida.


Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily consists of correspondence from John Philip Clements while in the U.S. Army and stationed in Europe during World War II to his wife, Mai Clements, and children in Louisville, Kentucky. The collection includes handwritten letters, V-mail, and limited photographs and real photo postcards.

In nearly every letter, Clements described his living conditions, including what he was eating and the weather. When able due to censorship constraints, Chowning mentioned where he was and what work he was doing for the military. In addition, he often inquired about what was happening at home, and offered suggestions to Mai on how to run the Clements business, Fulltone Foto Company, in his absence.

Related Collections: John Clements family photograph album, ca. 1920-1930 (021PC29).


Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1: Correspondence, September 1944

Folder 2: Correspondence, October 1944

Folder 3: Correspondence, November 1944

Folder 4: Correspondence, December 1944

Folder 5: Correspondence, January 1945

Folder 6: Correspondence, February 1945

Folder 7: Correspondence, March 1945

Folder 8: Correspondence, April 1945

Folder 9: Correspondence, May 1945

Folder 10: Correspondence, June 1945

Folder 11: Correspondence, August 1945

Folder 12: Correspondence, September 1945

Folder 13: The Stars and Stripes newspaper, “Squadron Digest,” map of Germany and other material, 1945


Subject Headings

Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945.

Business enterprises – Kentucky – Louisville.

Clements, Ona Mai Luten, 1910-1989.

Louisville (Ky.)

Stars and Stripes (Newspaper)

United States. Army. Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 32nd.


World War, 1939-1945 – Europe.

World War, 1939-1945 – War work – Red Cross.