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Faragher family papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-4446

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, printed material, personal papers, ephemera, and other materials relating to the family of Alvin and Mary Faragher. Amongst the correspondence are extensive wartime exchanges between Alvin and Mary, along with letters to and from other friends and family including his half-brother Earl Faragher and his sister Isabel Faragher Malcolm.

Also included are materials related to Mary Faragher's brother, Frederick Marion "Mack" Burkett, Jr., who was killed in action during World War II in 1943. In addition to some personal papers and effects, there are wartime correspondence exchanges between Mack and family members including his sister Mary and his mother, Maude McFarlin Delaley.


  • 1932 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Faragher Family Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Mack Faragher, 2011.


3.75 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Faragher Family

Alvin Robert Faragher (1917-2009) grew up in South Dakota and migrated to California in the 1930s. During WWII, Faragher served as a bombadier in the European Theater. After the war ended, Faragher was sent to San Angelo, TX where he trained as a bombardier instructor before leaving the armed forces in 1945.

Mary Burkett Faragher (1923-2000) was born in Colorado before moving with her family to California, where she lived for much of the rest of her life. She married Alvin R. Faragher in 1941 and went on to have eight children.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Guide to the Faragher Family Papers
In Progress
by Beinecke staff
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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