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Lila Oliver Asher Second World War correspondence, art, and realia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2015-058-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence to and from Lila Oliver Asher written between 1944 and 1946. The majority of letters were addressed to her father and mother, but other recipients include Asher’s first husband, Syd.

Also included in this collection are a series of thank you letters written to Asher by the families of various soldiers who had their portraits illustrated by Asher, while convalescing in military hospitals.

This collection also contains miscellaneous military realia such as one blood donation Red Cross pin, four lapel name tags and a flyer to a U.S.O. camp show.

This collection also contains one hand drawn picture of a woman in a wheelchair, charcoal, 12"x17", signed, and a smaller version copied on a photocopy of On Patrol magazine, Spring 2012.


  • 1938 - 2014
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Lila Oliver Asher was born in Philadelphia, Pa. She studied there with Joseph Grossman, Frank B.A. Linton and at the Fleischer Memorial Art School. She was also a pupil of Prof. Gonippo Raggi and held a four year scholarship to the now University of the Arts. She moved to Washington D.C. in 1946 and established a studio for painting, sculpture and prints. She taught art at the college level from 1947, as instructor in the Art Department of Howard University 1947-51, at Wilson Teachers College 1953-54, returning to Howard University in 1961, promoted to Assistant Professor in 1964, to Associate Professor in 1966, and to full Professor in 1971. Since 1991 she has been Professor Emeritus and continues to work in her studio.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains personal correspondence to and from Lila Oliver Asher, as well as sketches done by Asher, military realia, and a series of thank you letters to Asher.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lila Oliver Asher.

Physical Description

This collection is in good condition. Most sketches have yellowed on the reverse side of the image.

Finding Aid for the Lila Oliver Asher Second World War correspondence, art, and realia
Norm Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States