Bestselling Author’s Quest for over 1 Million American War Letters at Clayton Library

HOUSTON - [June 1, 2017] The Houston Public Library's Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research will be hosting bestselling author of Behind the Lines and War Letters, Andrew Carroll, on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2 PM.

Andrew Carroll has been on an odyssey to save war letters from tens of thousands of American veterans, active duty troops and military families transcending through every U.S. military conflict, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carroll has coined his quest the "Million Letters Campaign". The campaign is dedicated to preserving at least 1,000,000 of these beloved wartime correspondences. He sees these letters as essential historic artifacts for future generations to understand the sacrifices made by those who served and their loved ones.

Carroll has brought his quest to the road alongside the commemoration of the World War I centennial, which occurred in April. His goal is to spread the word on the "Million Letters Campaign" and encourage others to share their own stories and letters and hopefully add it to the collection.

His presentation at  Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research will include exhibiting extraordinary letters from the collection and a discussion on his experiences of collecting these letters.  Space is limited. Reservations are highly recommended. Please RSVP at and choose Clayton Library Lecture Series.

ANDREW CARROLL is the founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. Along with editing the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines, Carroll edited Operation Homecoming, which inspired the Emmy-winning documentary of the same name. Carroll lives in Washington, D.C. and Orange, California.

The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

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Marjorie Gonzalez
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