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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Prather Family Papers, 1942-1945

Austin History Center

Prather Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Prather family
Title: Prather Family Papers
Dates: 1942-1945
Abstract: The collection contains letters sent and received by Prather family members living in Austin, Texas during World War II.
Accession number: AR.2005.036
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

The Prather family lived in Austin, Texas during the 20th century. Ora Mae Prather was born in Dripping Springs in 1909 to Thomas Ivy Prather and Sadie Nellie Phillips. She was associated with Stelfox Jewelers for 15 years prior to her retirement in 1960, and was a member of Fitzhugh Baptist Church. She died in February 1973. Ora Mae's brother, Francis Martin Prather, was born in 1918 and died in 1961. After serving in World War II, he worked as a painting contractor in Austin and was a member of the Woodlawn Baptist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of correspondence written between 1942 and 1945. The first three folders contain letters written to Ora Mae Prather from Elbert E. Myers, Estin R. Crumley and Raymond (last name unknown), who were serving overseas during World War II. They appear to be friends from church and the letters often mention church services and God. The last folder contains letters written by Sadie Prather to her son (and Ora Mae's brother) Francis Martin Prather who was serving in the Pacific. The letters to Francis date from March to July 1945 and make up the bulk of the collection. They contain Sadie's descriptions of events happening at home, including updates about friends and family, and how the war was affecting them at home.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Prather, Ora Mae, 1908-1973.
Prather, Francis Martin, 1918-1961.
Prather, Sadie N. Phillips, 1887-1967.
Prather, Thomas Iverson, 1883-1943.
Myers, Elbert Earl, 1920-1998.
Crumley, Estin Richard, 1926-2007.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Marine Corps.
Subjects
World War (1939-1945)
World War II.
Military bases
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Document Types
Correspondence.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 610.92 M475M AA Meisenbach, A. E., Memoirs of A Flight Surgeon Serving in the South Pacific During World War II. 1988.
  • A 940.544973 AL Alexander, Thomas E., The Stars Were Big and Bright: The United States Army Air Forces and Texas During World War II. 2007.
  • A 940.541 Me, Men and Women in the Armed Forces From Travis County. 1940-1949.
  • A 940.53764 NI, 1941: Texas Goes to War. 1991.

Austin Files


  • AF Subject - World War II W5700

Archives & Manuscripts


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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The letters were purchased in 2001 from Ada's Attic, an antique and collectible store in Luling, Texas, then later donated to the Austin History Center.

Preferred Citation

Prather Family Papers (AR.2005.036). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2005/104

Donation Date: 2005 October 8, 2005 December 6

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in August 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Prather Family Papers, 1942-1945

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence to Ora Mae Prather from Estin R. Crumley, 1945 March 1
2 Correspondence to Ora Mae Prather from Elbert E. Myers, 1942-1945
3 Correspondence to Ora Mae Prather from Raymond, 1944-1945
4 Correspondence to Francis M. Prather from mother (Sadie N. Prather), 1945 March-July

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