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Norma M. Purdy papers

Guide to the Norma M. Purdy papers
An Alaska Historical Society collection

Collection number: HMC-1028-AHS.
Creator: Purdy, Norma M.
Title: Norma M. Purdy papers
Dates: 1951-1962.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of a nurse stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Biographical note:
Norma Purdy is from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. From 1952 to 1954, she was a U. S. Air Force nurse stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Collection description:
The collection consists of Norma Purdy’s Alaskan correspondence, color slides, and memorabilia items. The collection contains: color slides; photo post cards sent to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cassavant, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; a letter received from Father John Wood, S. J. of McGrath; memorabilia related to Father Thomas Cunningham S.J.; a brochure on the Engineer Chapel at Fort Richardson; and an issue of the 5005th Hospital Group’s newsletter, The Prescription Pad. Subjects of the color slides include: Elmendorf Air Force Base; the Glenn Highway; Eklutna; the Alaska Railroad; Arctic Valley; Fort Richardson; Bethel; Anchorage; McKinley National Park; Nome; Kotzebue; the Mt. Spurr eruption; Richardson Highway; Ester Creek Gold Mine; Kodiak; Seward; glaciers (Portage, Matanuska, Worthington); and Juneau.

Arrangement: Collection materials are grouped by type: memorabilia, correspondence and postcards, and slides.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Copyright status of the materials is unknown.

Preferred citation: Norma M. Purdy papers, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 2002 and 2005 by Norma M. Purdy.  The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and placed it on deposit in Archives and Special Collections in 2004 and 2006.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The guide was updated to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2015.

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