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Hemby family correspondence

Identifier: MS0454

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters to Arthur Grady Hemby Jr. and Samuel Robert Hemby during the times that they served in the Navy. The dates of the letters range from October 19, 1940 to November 23, 1952. The largest portion of the correspondence consists of letters from Mary Blanche Dempster Hemby. Most of the letters from the family members are regarding home life in Charlotte while the brothers were serving. There are also some other miscellaneous items in the collection that belonged to the brothers, including a small Bible and schematic drawings of a submarine Arthur Grady Hemby Jr. served on.


  • Creation: 1940 October 19 - 1970 August 1


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Hemby Family Correspondence is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Grady Hemby Jr. and Samuel Robert Hemby are two of the sons of Arthur Grady Hemby Sr. and Mary Blanche Dempster Hemby. Arthur Grady Hemby Jr. was born on October 9, 1919 and died on September 20, 2007. Samuel Robert Hemby was born on March 6 1927 and died on October 7, 2002. They had three other siblings: Joanna Rebecca Hemby (December 7, 1922 – November 22, 2007), Margaret Virginia Hemby, also known as Peggy, (April 7, 1924 – November 13, 2010), and Annie Elizabeth Hemby (February 24, 1930 – present). Arthur Grady Hemby Jr. and Samuel Robert Hemby served in the U.S. Navy, and this collection contains correspondence to the brothers from family and friends while they were serving.


1 Linear Feet (1 records center box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains letters to Arthur Grady Hemby Jr. and Samuel Robert Hemby during the times that they served in the Navy, 1940- to November 23, 1952.


The collection is organized into two series: Correspondence, 1940-1952 and Personal documents. There is also a file of Photographs and post cards, 1940-1952 that does not belong to any series.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2014 by Chelsey Brooks.

Hemby Family Correspondence
Chelsey Brooks
2014 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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