Cage 721
Grady Family
Correspondence, 1942-1945

Acquisition and Processing Information

These letters were purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Books and Collections in 1994 (MS 1995-01). Cheryl Gunselman processed the collection in 2007.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of containers: 1

Linear feet of shelf space: .5

Biographical Information

Thomas E. Grady, Sr. (1880-1974), a Washington State Supreme Court Justice, and his wife, Eliza J. Grady (1887-1973) were the parents of three sons who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II: Thomas E. Grady, Jr. (1911-1988), James E. Grady, and Howard M. Grady (1918-1993).

Collection Description

This collection includes correspondence among several members of the Grady family during World War II. It consists primarily of letters to and from Thomas E. Grady, Jr., a young lawyer from Washington State serving in the U.S. Army. Most of his correspondence is with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Grady, Sr., who lived in Yakima, WA, and moved to Olympia during the war. There is also a small correspondence with Lt. Col. Samuel M. Driver (Branch Office, Judge Advocate General). Some of the letters are on V-mail stationery; most of these are photographic reproductions, reduced from actual size. Grady's letters do not always disclose his location, but he wrote most of them from the United States and the Philippines.

The remainder of the correspondence is related to Thomas Grady, Jr.'s brothers, James E. Grady and Howard M. Grady, who were also serving in the Armed Forces during World War II.

Collection Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged in a single series, by correspondent and date.


This collection is open and available for research use.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Grady Family Correspondence, 1942-1945
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA


The materials are in English.

Container List:

Box Folder Description
    Thomas Grady, Jr., outgoing correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Grady, Sr.
1 1 1942
  2 1943
  3 1944
  4 1945, undated
  5 V-Mail (photographed), 1942-1944
  6 Empty envelopes, 1944
    Thomas Grady, Jr., incoming correspondence
  7 Judge Thomas Grady to Thomas Grady, Jr., 1944-1945
  8 Mrs. Thomas Grady, Sr., to Thomas Grady, Jr., 1943-1945
  9 Helen Grady and Margaret Bellemore, 1944-1945
  10 Thomas Grady, Jr., correspondence with Lt. Col. Samuel Driver regarding Grady's application for appointment to the Judge Advocate General's office, 1944-1945
  11 James and Helen Grady correspondence, 1942-1944
  12 Howard M. Grady correspondence, 1943-1944
  13 Miscellaneous, circa 1942-1944