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This collection consists of research materials and the personal and professional papers of historian Richard Orr Curry. The collection spans the years 1952-1983, with the bulk of material from the 1970s and early 1980s. The research material in Series 1 on West Virginia statehood, the Civil War, and Reconstruction are all copies, transcripts, and photoduplicates. The only original letters and papers are contained in Box 1, Folder 3, as described below in the finding aid. Much of the Series 2 material focuses on Curry’s anger at his treatment by the USIA, and it contains many letters and copies of published articles that Curry wrote about the 1981 incident. The majority of these letters are copies, not originals. Curry was also a professor of history at the University of Connecticut, and so Series 2 also contains correspondence and copies of works that he published as an historian.


Special collections material is obtained from many sources and is intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not governed by the department. It is up to the researcher to verify that they have permission to use these materials for publication or other activities.

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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1952-1983