NORMA M. PURDY (Ak. Hist. Soc. Col.). Papers; n.d., 1951-1953, 1958-1959, 1962. .25 cu. ft.
Norma Purdy is from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. From 1952 to 1954, she was a U. S. Air Force nurse stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.
The collection consists of the Alaskan correspondence, colr slides, and memorabilia items of U. S. Air Force nurse Norma Purdy. The collection contains: 168 color slides;16 photo post cards sent from Norma Purdy in Alaska to her parents, Mr and Mrs. Paul Cassavant, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts (1952-1953); a letter sent to Norma Purdy from Father John Wood, S. J., from St. Michael's Church in McGrath (1962); a memorial essay on Father Thomas Cunningham, S. J., by Reverend George Baileau, S. J., of the Catholic Church in Fairbanks; a black and white photographic portrait of Father Thomas Cunningham; two newspaper clippings of articles on polar expert Father Thomas Cunningham (1958, 1959); an illustrated brochure on the Engineer Chapel at Fort Richardson, dedicated in 1951 (1952); an illustrated Alaskan Air Command booklet on the services of the Air Force Rest and Recreation Center at Mount McKinley National Park (1953); a cook book prepared by the Inupiat students of Shishmaref Day School; a National Park Service booklet on Mount McKinley National Park (1951); copy of the cook book, Out of Alaska's Kitchens, by members of the Alaska Crippled Children's Association, Territorial Headquarters, Anchorage (1951); and an issue of the 5005th Hospital Group's newsletter, The Prescription Pad (Feb. 5, 1954). Subjects of the color slides include: Elmendorf Air Force Base; the Glenn Highway; Eklutna (cemetery, river, lake, dam project); the Alaska Railroad on the Kenai Peninsula; Arctic Valley (Ski Bowl); Fort Richardson; Bethel; Downtown Anchorage; McKinley National Park and the McKinley Park Hotel; Nome; Kotzebue; effects of the Mt. Spurr eruption (July 1953); the Richardson Highway; Ester Creek Gold Mine; Kodiak; Seward and Resurrection Bay; glaciers (Portage, Matanuska, Worthington); and Juneau. Subjects of the ten black and white and six color photo post cards include: Fort Richardson, Mount McKinley, Seward, Cook Inlet, and Nenana.
The collection was presented to the Alaska Historical Society by Norma M. Purdy in 2002. The collection was deposited in the archives in 2004. The color slides were added to the collection in 2006.