Murrey Marder Second World War collection
Collection — Box: WWII 17, Folder: 10
Scope and Contents
This collection contains fourty-eight carbon copies of narratives written by Technical Sergeant Murrey Marder, U.S. Marine Corps, during the Second World War. The originals were written and sent to various news organizations and publishers. The correspondences cover his time serving in Guam and the campaign in the Pacific Islands.
- Majority of material found within 1944 July 18-1944 August 20
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This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.
Biographical / Historical
Murrey Marder was born on 8 August 1919 in Philadelphia, where his father was a merchant. At 17, he began working as a copy boy at the Evening Public Ledger of Philadelphia. Marder joined the Marine Corps and served as a combat correspondent in the South Pacific during the Second World War. He joined the Washington Post in 1946 and became known for his stories covering the "Red Beat" communist trials. In 1953, he investigated Senator Joseph McCarthy's closed-door hearings on a spy ring at the Army Signal Corps laboratories at Fort Monmouth, N.J., where 42 people were suspended without pay without knoweldge of the charges brought against them. Marder discovered that the security cases had already been investigated and dismissed by the Army. After publishing the story, he convinced Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens to admit that there was no evidence of espionage at Fort Monmouth. This article acted as a harbinger for the downfall of Senator McCarthy. In 1957, Marder opened the Post's first foreign bureau, in London, England, and became the Post's chief diplomatic correspondent for the Post. He was also one of the reporters assigned to the Pentagon Papers, the Department of Defense's 1971 multi-volume report on the Vietnam War. He retired from the Washington Post in 1985. In 2004, he donated $1.3 million to start a public watchdog program affiliated with Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Marder died on 11 March 2013.
.08 Linear feet (1 folder)
This collection contains fourty-eight carbon copies of narratives written by TSgt. Murrey Marder, USMC, during the Second World War.
This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence -- Series 2: Ephemera
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Eva Cavileer Rosa.
Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.
- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Marines Subject Source: Local sources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Campaign -- Guam Subject Source: Local sources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Islands Subject Source: Local sources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives Subject Source: Local sources
- Finding Aid for the Murrey Marder Second World War correspondence
- Under Revision
- Lee Feldman
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