Guide to the Lacey V. Murrow Papers 1926-1986
Cage 651

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Lacey V. Murrow Papers
ID
Cage 651
Date [inclusive]
1926-1986
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 feet of linear shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of a variety of materials relating to Lacey V. Murrow's life and career, including correspondence during the World War II military services of Lacey Murrow and his wife, Marge Murrow, as well as printed memorabilia, an undated typescript reminiscence titled "I Remember Papa," and a scrapbook of photocopied materials.

Preferred Citation note

Lacey V. Murrow Papers, 1926-1986

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Lacey Van Buren Murrow (1904-1966) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Military Science and Tactics from the State College of Washington in 1926, and a degree in Civil Engineering from the State College of Washington in 1935. Murrow became the Chief of Transportation for the U. S. Army in the China and India-Burma theaters circa 1945, and later the director of the Department of Highways for the State of Washington.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a variety of materials relating to Lacey V. Murrow's life and career, including correspondence during the World War II military services of Lacey Murrow and his wife, Marge Murrow, as well as printed memorabilia, an undated typescript reminiscence titled "I Remember Papa," and a scrapbook of photocopied materials.

The letters associated with Lacey V. Murrow date from 1944 to 1945, and document his time spent in the China and India-Burma theaters as Chief of Transportation, U.S.AF, and later as Deputy Director General of the War Transportation Board. Military correspondence includes letters addressed to personnel in the Army Service Forces, the Indo-China Division Air Transport Command, the War Transportation Board, and the United States Forces China Theater Headquarters. The majority of the correspondence is about problems with specific roads significant in the war, as well as more casual exchanges with close acquaintances.

Marge Murrow's letters document periods between October 1943 and February 1952 during her service in the Women's Army Corps. They are addressed to a number of recipients, including her friends, family, Lacey Murrow, Saeeda, and an unidentified individual. The correspondence describes Marge's early experiences in the WAC, being sworn in and camp life, as well as her observations during her time spent in Italy and Cairo, Egypt. Included with her materials is a document titled "I Remember Papa," that presents accounts from early childhood.

Printed memorabilia included in the collection is comprised of two diplomas earned by Lacey Murrow at the State College of Washington, a Bachelor of Science in Military Science and Tactics in 1926 and a degree in Civil Engineering in 1935. There are two passports belonging to Murrow, one issued Special by the U.S. Department of State in January 1941, and the other a standard U.S. passport used by Murrow circa 1956 to 1958. Three booklets, two published by the TCI (Transportation Consultants, Inc.), discuss Murrow's career success and an award he received from the General Motors Better Highways Award Contest.

The biographical scrapbook, titled "Aviation Pioneer," contains photocopies of articles and newspaper clippings relating to Lacey Murrow's life. Throughout the book are handwritten notes providing further details about events and people significant to him.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. -- Army. -- Transportation Corps

Personal Name(s)

  • Murrow, L. V. -- (Lacey Van Buren), -- 1904-1966

Subject(s)

  • Military
  • Transportation
  • Washington (State)
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Burma
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- China
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- India
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Transportation

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

State College of Washington diplomas 1926,1935 

1 1

Printed memorabilia (passports and TCI booklets) 1941-1964 

1 2

Correspondence and writing of Marge Murrow 1943-1952 

1 3

World War II correspondence 1944-1945 

1 4

Aviation Pioneer: log book about Lacey V. B. Murrow circa 1986 

1 5