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Oliver Jack Kaneft Letters

Identifier: MSS-0795

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters from Kaneft to his girlfriend, Teddy Love, who later became his wife. Twelve of Kaneft's letters are sent from St. Louis, Missouri, and eighty-nine from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The letters describe a range of emotions that Kaneft experienced as a pilot trainee and trainer. Each letter contains many endearments for Teddy. Some letters include information on the difficulties of finding alcohol during training in a dry county. Also included are some of Kaneft's feelings about flight training, and his joy at flying. Accompanying the collection are three letters to Kaneft from his relatives, five letters from friends and pilots he trained, one postcard, and one invitation addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. 0. Jack Kaneft."


  • 1940 - 1943
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1943


Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Jack Kaneft, a native of Chicago, Illinois, received training as a pilot in the United States Army and later became a flight instructor for WWII fighter pilots at the Alabama Institute of Aeronautics, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


0.4 Linear Feet

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A collection letters from O. Jack Kaneft to his girlfriend, Teddy Love, who later became his wife. Many of the letters were written while Kaneft was a flight instructor for WWII fighter pilots at the Alabama Institute of Aeronautics in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wade Hall, 2001



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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266