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Joseph Thomas Murray Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-014

Content Description

This collection contains letters written by Joseph Thomas (Tom) Murray to his parents and other family members during his service in World War I from 1917-1919. The letters discuss his military training (particularly in Camp Sherman near Chillicothe, Ohio and Camp Merritt in New Jersey), health, diet, friendships, recreational activities, clothing, and daily life. He documents his attendance at Mass throughout the letters and his activities while in France. Murray writes about his thoughts on the war and its effects on France. In addition to his letters, there is an in memoriam he wrote in 1928 for Monsignor Moran of St. Patrick's Church in Cleveland and two digital images of Murray in uniform, including one with his brother John, likely taken between 1917-1919.

Dates

  • 1917-1919, 1928

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Researchers must view materials in the Archives Research Room by appointment. Contact UASC staff for access to digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Donor transferred any applicable copyright to Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright law of the United States governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Thomas (Tom) Murray was born on February 24, 1892 to Patrick and Sarah Murray in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of eight siblings (Mary, Josephine, Julia, Alice, Catherine, Eleanor, and John). He worked as an assistant cashier for the Equitable Life Assurance Society prior to September 1917. He enlisted on September 21, 1917 and served in World War I until 1919. According to The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-18, Murray was in "Company D 331 Infantry to 24 Aug 1918; Company H 117 Infantry to 28 Aug 1918; Headquarters Detachment 30 Division to Discharge Private, first class 1 July 1918; Sergeant 27 Nov 1918. Somme Offensive; Ypres-Lys. American Expeditionary Forces 4 June 1918 to 2 Apr 1919." He was honorably discharged in April 1919. Records from his World War II draft registration indicate that he later worked for the New York Central Railroad. He died on June 23, 1963.

Extent

.2 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

.156 Megabytes (2 digital images)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains letters written by Joseph Thomas (Tom) Murray to his parents and other family members during his service in World War I from 1917-1919.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one series, Joseph Thomas Murray Letters, arranged chronologically.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digital images must be viewed using computer in Archives Research Room.

Custodial History

Letters were given by Robert Murray (1932-2018), nephew of Joseph Thomas Murray (son of Tom's brother John F. Murray), to Rachel Chrastil, Professor of History, in July 2017. He later emailed two digitized images. Chrastil donated the letters and digitized images to University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library on June 14, 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

XUA-2022-005, gift of Rachel Chrastil.

Existence and Location of Originals

Ownership and location of original photographs represented in digital images is unknown.
Title
Joseph Thomas Murray Letters
Author
UASC Staff
Date
2022-06-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

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