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The Ira E. Napier Papers consists of photo-reproductions of nine letters, two unpublished manuscripts, and two historical accounts. The collection is contained in a single box and are separated into four folders. The first folder, entitled: “Correspondence, July 1945-January 1946,” contains five typed-letters from Napier to his superior officer at the Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio, Thomas F. Joyce; John Chapman of Huntington, West Virginia, Mrs. Walter J. Spears; and members of the Tullidge Family of Staunton, Virginia. These letters contain information on Napier’s opinions on the Huntington Police Department, prison reform, and his experiences working with the inmates. Folder #2 contains Napier’s letter to a boy, Carl Richard Spears, entitled “Dedication” in which Napier explains sex and his ideas about adolescent sexuality and the importance of boys’ controlling their sexual desires. Folder #3 contains Napier’s unpublished manuscript, “Vocational Printing” – a guide that explains how to start a printing press and vocational printing program to be used at the Federal Reformatory in Chillicothe. Folder #4, “Judge [Evermont] Ward’s Death Sentences, 1946” contains typed-copies of the judge’s sentences of Laban Walker (1879) in Wayne County, WV; and, Matilda Meehling in Cabell County, WV (1890s).


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
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Huntington, WV 25755
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Span Dates: 1945-1946