Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pyle mss., 1929-1945, are letters to Ernest Taylor Pyle, 1900-1945, journalist, from editors, newspapermen, journalists, congressmen, senators, and friends. Included are also ninety-nine personal letters from Pyle to his wife, Mrs. Geraldine "Jerry" Elizabeth (Siebolds) Pyle, 1900-1945, and one hundred and eight personal letters to Paige Cavanaugh, 1899-1991, businessman and classmate of Pyle at Indiana University. These letters were written while Pyle was a war correspondent in England, Ireland, France, Italy, Sicily, Africa, and the South Pacific during World War II. He used ninety-seven pseudonyms in writing to Cavanaugh. In addition to the letters there are sixty-six articles and one column, "On V-E Day," Pyle had written which was found in his pocket at the time of his death, April 18, 1945, on Ie Shima. The Pittsburgh Press published the column on September 9, 1945. After the war the body was moved to the new National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater, near Honolulu.

In 1944 Pyle was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and voted the Outstanding Hoosier of the year by the Sons of Indiana of New York. In the same year he received the honorary degrees of Litt. D. from the University of New Mexico and L.H.D. from Indiana University and the Raymond Clapper memorial award from the Sigma Delta Chi fraternity.

Among his publications are Ernie Pyle in England. New York: P.M. McBride & Company, [1941]; Here is Your War. New York: H. Holt and Company, [1943]; Brave Men. New York: H. Holt and Company, [1944]; Last Chapter. New York: H. Holt and Company, [1946]; Home Country. New York: William Sloane Associates, Inc., [1947]. Lee Graham Miller published An Ernie Pyle Album: Indiana to Ie Shima. New York: William Sloane Associates, Inc., [1946]; and The Story of Ernie Pyle. New York: The Viking Press, 1950.

An inventory is available.

Gift. Paige Cavanaugh, Orange, California. 1974

Related manuscripts: Pyle mss. II, Pyle mss. III, Pyle mss. IV, Pyle mss. V, Pyle mss. VI, Pyle mss. VII

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