The Hall of Holography Collection was established at Lincoln Memorial University in October 1934 by Dr. John Wesley Hill, Chancellor of the University. The nucleus of the collection was a gift from Dr. Thomas F. Madigan, who had spent over 20 years collecting and selling autographs. After Dr. Hill's death, Dr. Robert Stanley McCordock, of the Department of History and Citizenship, took responsibility for the collection and its expansion, assisted for several years by Audrey Coulter, class of 1939. Under Dr. McCordock's leadership the collection grew to include items from over 1300 people, all of whom were identified and contacted without today's convenience of the Internet.
The majority of the items in the Hall of Holography were collected between 1937 and 1944. As a result, the collection contains a powerful record of people whose lives were intimately involved in events leading up to, and occurring, during World War II. This exhibit, while not exhaustive, tells the story of World War II through the individual stories of the people who responded to Dr. McCordock's request for an autographed photograph. The items are presented in rough chronological order, in order to illustrate the rise of ideas ultimately manifested by Hitler, the dawning awareness in other parts of the world as to what was coming and the effect of this global conflict on the lives of those who had no benefit of hindsight.
Biographical information was retrieved from Wikipedia and other online sources. This exhibit contains fewer letters, as most respondents only sent autographed photos. Every effort has been made to translate/transcribe letters in this exhibit. However, a select few were beyond our capabilities.