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Elbert S. Morford family correspondence

Identifier: MSS-388

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and other records ranging from 1942 to 1948 as well as a couple more modern items dated 2016 and 2018 relating to the Elbert Morford family of Carmel, Indiana. Most of the letters in this collection were exchanged between Elbert Morford and his wife, Harriet Morford. A smaller portion of the collection includes letters to family and friends. Also includes a photograph, various cards, and numerous army documents.


  • 1942 - 1944

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Elbert Silas Morford was born 1904. He married Harriet H. Morford in 1931 and settled with his family in Carmel, Indiana. The couple had one child by birth: Norman Morford and fostered three young women: Lucinda Louise Niles, Lilian Spradley, and Ann Comfort Burdett. During the fifties, Morford worked for a short time as reverend at the Madison Street Methodist Church in Muncie, Indiana. After his first wife passed away in 1986, Elbert remarried to Olive Jessup Murphy in 1987. The couple had no children. Elbert passed away in 1993.

During World War II, Elbert enlisted in the Army Air Forces as a Chaplain 1st Lt. His service took him to the European, African, and Italian Theater. His wartime experiences are detailed in his letters to Harriet, Norman, and other family members and friends.


1.6 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Received by the Archives and Special Collections as a donation 2018/04/10 and 2018/06/13 by Norman L. Morford.


No additions expected at this time.

Processing Information

Collection processed 2019/10/02 by Jordan Forbes. EAD finding aid generated and edited 2019/11/22 by Lindsey Vesperry.

Morford family correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA