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Guide to the Pearl McMurry Letters MSS.3284

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2011

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-05-31T16:22-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Pearl McMurry Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.3284

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (three letters, three envelopes)

Dates:

1947, 1959, 1964

Abstract:

Three letters sent to Pearl McMurry of Corydon, Iowa, from various old acquaintances and military friends across Iowa and Texas contain mostly personal updates.

Access Restrictions:

none

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2006

Preferred Citation:

Pearl McMurry Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Kendal Spires, 2011

Biographical/Historical note

Pearl McMurry was born on April 29, 1906, in Promise City, Iowa. He earned a B. A. and J. D. from the University of Iowa and practiced law before serving in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of colonel. He later served in the Iowa legislature as the senator from the 4th district from 1949-1951. He married Jamie Luttrell in 1944; they had one daughter, Martha.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains three letters sent to Pearl McMurry of Corydon, Iowa, by various old friends and acquaintances. The first letter was from Mr. and Mrs. John A. Peterson of North Dakota, who were visiting other friends in Iowa City and requested to see him and meet his wife. The second letter was from attorney John N. Calhoun of Burlington, Iowa, a former Army buddy, in reply to a card sent by McMurry. Calhoun gave some details about life since his discharge. The third letter was from a fellow colonel in Hallettsville, Texas, giving news of his mother's death and lamenting that he and McMurry had fallen out of touch.

Pearl McMurry Letters Box SC0065 Folder 3284.01