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William Murry papers

Guide to the William Murry papers
An Alaska Historical Society collection

Collection number: HMC-1366-AHS.
Creator: Murry, William T. (Billy).
Title: William Murry papers.
Dates: 1917-1944.
Volume of collection: .01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Memorabilia collected by an early Anchorage resident.

Biographical note:
William T. (Billy) Murry lived in Knik from 1916 to 1920 when he moved to Anchorage. Co-owner and then owner of the New Method Cleaners, he also co-owned the Murmac Cocktail Lounge which opened in 1944. He died in 1974 in San Antonio, Texas.

Collection description:
The collection consists of materials collected by Billy Murry. It includes photographs of Anchorage buildings, people, and airplanes, including one of the Billy Murry standing in front of the New Method Cleaners vehicle. The clippings in the collection are newspaper ads for the opening of the Murmac Lounge in 1944. Other materials include some copied poems about Alaska and a packet of Alaska Steamship Company menus.

Arrangement: The materials in the collection are grouped by type.

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

Rights note: The Alaska Historical Society does not own copyright to collection materials.

Preferred citation: William Murry papers, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Published materials were moved to Library collections.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 2021 by Joe Story, William Murry’s grandson.  The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and placed it on deposit in Archives and Special Collections in 2021.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2021.

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