Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Blam mss., 1944 and 1992, consist of a shorthand notebook and transcripts of interviews relating to the "Investigation into the activities of Ernest Hemingway, War Correspondent for Colliers, During World War II in the European Theater of Operations in Rambouillet, France, in August, 1944." The notes and transcripts were made by Staff Sergeant George Blam, Assistant to Colonel Park, Inspector General of the Third Army and head of the investigation into accusations by other correspondents against Hemingway. The interviews present here are with Lt. Col. Kent A. Hunter, Major Owens, Edward P. Gaskell, Jacques H. Beau, and Ernest Hemingway. Accompanying the notebook, in which is written "Case of Mr. Ernest Hemingway," and transcripts is a holograph letter from "Lorna" to "Joel", Aug. 16, 1992, identifying the notes as those of George Blam and explaining why the investigation of Hemingway was undertaken and that Hemingway's statement was finally heard by Col. Park in Nancy, France "after weeks of searching to locate him". According to this letter "Ernest Hemingway was exonerated and the matter was concluded".

Collection size: 7 items

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