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Murrey Marder Second World War collection

 Collection — Box: WWII 19, Folder: 10
Identifier: 2017-698-w-r

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

Conditions Governing Access

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)

Language of Materials



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.

Legal Status

Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.

Finding Aid for the Murrey Marder Second World War correspondence
Under Revision
Lee Feldman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States