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Burkhammer Family Letters

Identifier: ASTATE-2013-01-10

Scope and Contents

The Burkhammer Family Letters is comprised of two series: Letters from Joe Burkhammer (2 folders) and Letters to Joe Burkhammer (1 folder).


  • 1942 - 1955

Conditions Governing Access

This manuscript collection consists of physical materials. This collection has not been digitized. This collection is open for research use only in the Reading Room. It is not available for request through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact the archive via email ( at least a week in advance of your arrival to ensure the availability of the material.


Joe Burkhammer was born in 1912. He married Geraldine Hendrix (b. 1919) in Greene County, Arkansas on December 12, 1936. Two years later they welcomed a daughter, Betty Ruth Burkhammer. Their second child, Joseph Burkhammer, was born in 1940.

Beginning in 1942, Joe left his family in Paragould, Arkansas to seek work in Michigan. During his time in Michigan, Joe worked a variety of odd jobs - including field work and factory work. Over the next 13 years, he regularly corresponded with his family in Arkansas and sent back the majority of each paycheck. He also made regular visits to see his family in Arkansas.


0.3 Linear Feet (This collection is comprised of three folders contained within one document box.)




In order to support his family, Joe Burkhammer moved from Greene County, Arkansas to Davis, Michigan. There he obtained work and was able to send money back home to his wife and two children. This collection contains the letters from Joe to his wife Geraldine during the times that he was away working in Michigan and letters that Joe received from Geraldine and their children.


This series is arranged chronologically and divided into two sections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the archive by the Arkansas State University Museum in 2013.


Further additions ot the collection are not expected.

Burkhammer Family Letters Finding Aid
Meredith McFadden; Flora Smith, Editor
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections - Dean B. Ellis Library Repository

Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library
P.O. Box 2040
State University AR 72467 United States
870-972-3199 (Fax)