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Collection Number: 5534

Collection Title: Alfred Luther Purrington, Jr. and Nella Grimes Ward Purrington Papers, 1880s-1990s

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Size 12 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3500 items)
Abstract The papers of Alfred Luther Purrington, Jr., a white lawyer of Raleigh, N.C., and his wife Nella Grimes Ward Purrington document family members’ and friends’ extensive travels at the turn of the twentieth century particularly from trips to Europe, Alfred's military service during the Second World War in the United States Army Operations and Training Division, his law school education at the University of North Carolina in the 1920s, and Grimes family history and genealogy. The collection contains travel diaries and correspondence dating from 1889 to 1957, travel ephemera and printed items such as trip itineraries and guide and interpreter books, United States Army documents and letters home from Alfred during the Second World War, scrapbooks, law school notebooks, writings, estate records for the Grimes family dated 1907, family photographs, and items related to Grimes family reunions in the 1990s. Also included in the collection are materials related to Meredith College professor of ancient languages Helen Price, including her reminiscence titled "Memories of Swarthmore before 1909." Acquired as part of the Southern Historical Collection.
Creator Purrington, Alfred Luther Jr., 1902-1995.

Purrington, Nella Grimes Ward.
Language English
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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 Alfred Luther Purrington, Jr. and Nella Grimes Ward Purrington Papers #5534, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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