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Letter from Al McCarron to Edward Murrow with Tiedemann & McMorran letterhead; April 5, 1945

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms0576-4-1-10-1

Dates

  • 1945-04-05

Conditions Governing Access

Copyright held by Mount Holyoke College, 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Language of Materials

English

Existence and Location of Originals

Series 1: Edward R. Murrow Papers ca. 1929-1968; Box 4, folder 10

Physical Description

This letter consists of two separate pages of standard letter sized paper, each having text on a single side. The pages are slightly yellowed and have two holes punched in the left margin.

Dimensions

21.59 cm x 27.94 cm

Personal letter from former college classmate

This is a letter from Al McCarron, a salesman in the wholesale food business, to Edward Murrow with references to people and events from the time they were students together at Washington State University. McCarron wrote the letter to Murrow after he had seen a Vogue magazine article by Lee Miller, with a picture of Murrow. In the letter he reminisces about college life and shares news about his professional and family life, as well as news about former classmates' lives. He mentions changes that World War II has brought to the West Coast, particularly the San Francisco area, and his dislike of the area in the wake of these changes. He refers to people who have come from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas for jobs and economic gain. Specifically, he predicts impending trouble as the shipyards lay off workers. In one of the last paragraphs, he speculates that he might be the head radio announcer in Sequim, Washington, if he had pursued an earlier interest in broadcasting. In closing, he says he would like to hear from Murrow and asks when Murrow's broadcasts reach the Pacific Coast.

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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