Collection Number: 05705

Collection Title: Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract The Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945, document his courtship of Kathreen Tucker and his military service with the U.S. Marines 51st Company, 5th Regiment, 2nd Division in the U.S. Expeditionary Force in France during World War I and with the U.S. Army Forces Far East Board during World War II. The collection consists chiefly of Massie's letters to Tucker while he was a student at Virginia Military Institute; as a young man employed with Electric Storage Battery Co. in Philadelphia, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y.; as a Marine captain in Quantico, Va., France, and Germany during and after World War I; and later as a major from Australia and the South Pacific during World War II. Also of note is a scrapbook of snapshots and postcards of wartime France and Belgium.
Creator Massie, Nathaniel Hardin, 1893-1967.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers #05705, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received as a gift from Hardin Minor Sr. in May 2018 (Acc. 102971).
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Nathaniel Hardin ("N.H.") Massie (1893-1967) of Danville, Va., served in the U.S. Marines during World War I. He married Kathreen Tucker (1897-1987). Before marrying Massie, Kathreen Tucker had additional suitors, John Summerfield ("Summer") Jenkins Jr. (1917-1919) and Benny Bowering.

Nathaniel Hardin Massie and Kathreen Tucker Massie had a daughter, also named Kathreen, who married William Thomas ("Bill") Minor Jr., and with him had a son, Hardin Minor Sr.

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The Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945, document the courtship of Kathreen Tucker and military service with the U.S. Marines 51st Company, 5th Regiment, 2nd Division in the U.S. Expeditionary Force in France during World War I and with the U.S. Army Forces Far East Board during World War II. The collection consists of Massie's letters to Tucker written while a student at Virginia Military Institute; as a young man employed with Electric Storage Battery Co. in Philadelphia, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y.; as a Marine captain in Quantico, Va., France, and Germany during and after World War I and later as a major from Australia and the South Pacific during World War II; letters from another of Kathreen Tucker's suitors, John Summerfield ("Summer") Jenkins Jr. (1917-1919); a scrapbook of snapshots and postcards of wartime France and Belgium; three annotated maps of north central France, apparently captured from the German 7th Army in 1918; and other materials related to Massie's military service.

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250 items.
Box 1

Letters from Nathaniel Hardin Massie, 1914-1917 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." Box 1

Box 2

Letters from Nathaniel Hardin Massie, 1918-1919, 1944-1945 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." Box 2

Letters from John Summerfield ("Summer") Jenkins Jr., 1917-1918 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." Box 2

Miscellaneous #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." Box 2

Includes wartime valentine, letters regarding citations for military service and a German shepherd police dog captured by Massie in France during the war.

Oversize Volume SV-05705/1

Scrapbook, 1918-1919 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." SV-05705/1

Snapshots and postcards depicting war time France and Belgium, including scenes of bombed out buildings and landscapes, military equipment. There are also field messages, carbon copies of recommendations for distinguished service cross awards, printed materials about the 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment of U.S. Marines, and photographs of Kathreen Tucker.

Image Folder PF-05705/1

Photographs, 1910s-1920s #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." PF-05705/1

Postcard of three white men in military uniform and snapshots of a group of white men and women on a boat, dressed in suits and overcoats.

Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-05705/1

Photographs, 1919 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." OP-PF-05705/1

Josephus Daniels addressing the 2nd Division in Vallendar, Germany; 5th Regiment at the U.S. Capitol.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05705/1

Service certificates, 1917-1918 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." OPF-05705/1

Includes citations a L'Ordre de L'Armée

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-05705/1

Maps, 1918 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." XOPF-05705/1

Extra Oversize Paper Folder R-05705/1

Map, 1918 #05705, Series: "Nathaniel Hardin Massie Papers, 1914-1945." R-05705/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Biff Hollingsworth and Nancy Kaiser, April 2018

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, April 2018

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