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Murray Page Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4024


The collection contains letters received by Murray Page (1881-1972) while he lived in Berrien Springs, Michigan between the years 1900-1955.


  • Creation: 1900-1955


Biographical / Historical

Murray Page was born June 8, 1881 to William Page (1857-1913) and Anna May Murphy Page (1857-1936) in Berrien Springs, Michigan. As a young adult, Page worked as a day laborer on a farm and remained single until the age of 37. On July 4th, 1918 he married Luella Wallace (1899-1985) of Niles, Michigan. While married, Page worked as an electric station operator and a power plant electrician, and had two sons, Robert (1922- ) and Glen Page (1933-2015). According to the letters, there were disputes as to whether or not Glen was Page’s actual son, which led to a divorce that was finalized July 8th, 1937. Page remained in Berrien Springs while divorced and worked as a janitor. He kept in contact with friends and family, particularly his cousin Glen Page who was helping Page renovate his house. Page died in Berrien Springs on October 24th, 1972 at 91 years old.


2 boxes : 1.0 cubic feet contained in two full-sized Hollinger boxes

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 1.0 cubic feet contained in two full-sized Hollinger boxes with folders comprised of letters, cards, and notes exchanged between family members and friends, as well as a few school report books.

The letters are written on various sized paper mostly 8 ½” x 11”. The correspondence includes lined sheets, blank paper, post cards, and greeting cards. A majority of the letters have corresponding envelopes, which are kept together with clips. Most of the collection is in good condition, however, a few of the letters written in pencil are hard to read. Newspaper clippings are photocopied.

Murray Page Collection Finding Aid
Katherine Bauer
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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