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Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers


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Title: Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-1968Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1908-1968

Extent: 3.0 Boxes


The Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers are housed in three archival boxes. This collection is mainly comprised of McCormick’s family correspondence in addition to two scrapbooks containing correspondence, clippings, pamphlets and other documents depicting his professional life and photos of both his professional and family life.

Correspondence is arranged in chronological order. The scrapbooks were created by McCormick’s grandson Steve Larkin.

Subjects: Confession (Law) - United States - History, Erskine College, McCormick, Grover, 1885-1965, Memphis (Tenn.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The materials that make up this collection represents Grover McCormick’s personal and professional life. Most of the correspondence is between McCormick and his mother Nancy. There are also several letters between McCormick and his children, cousin and his sister Lucia.

The first scrapbook contains a hand written timeline of the Ashcraft v. Tennessee case of 1944 and clippings with information on other important cases including McCormick's work with Jerry Lee Lewis. The second scrapbook is comprised of pictures, sermons, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificates, event programs and other materials.

Collection Historical Note

Grover Newton McCormick was born in Brighton Tennessee on December 22, 1885 to George Newton McCormick and Nancy Moffat. Grover was the first of four children from his father’s second marriage. Grover attended Robinson’s Preparatory School and later graduated as valedictorian from Erskine College in 1908. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cumberland in 1910. He became associate with Milton J. Anderson in Memphis Tennessee and in 1912 became a member of the law firm of Ramsey and McCormick. Grover McCormick was actively involved in various social organizations and was recognized as a notable man of Tennessee. He served as Assistant Professor at Boston College and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Chickasaw Guards’ Club.

McCormick married Marguerite Pittenger in August 1918. They had two daughters and a son (Gloria McCormick Larkin, Nancy McCormick Trigg and Grover McCormick, Jr.). McCormick was the proud grandparent to many grandchildren as well, including: Elton Edward Larkin, Jr., Charles Newton Larkin, Steven Noel Larkin, Gloria “Libba” Larkin Nance, Helen Marguerite Larkin, Jean Larkin Ayres, Henry Fisher Trigg, Jr., Marguerite Trigg Dykann, Nancy Trigg Hauck, Marie Trigg Baker, and Gloria Trigg Gilbert.

McCormick died in 1965 at the age of 80. He was hit by a truck as he was walking from his office to the courthouse.

Subject/Index Terms

Confession (Law) - United States - History
Erskine College
McCormick, Grover, 1885-1965
Memphis (Tenn.)

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: Some materials in this collection are restricted due to personal content. Restrictions are noted at the file level.

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

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Series 1Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, 1886-1890Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, 1903 September-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, 1903 November-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, 1904 January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, 1904 March-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, 1906-1912; 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Grover McCormick Family Correspondence, circa 1889-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, 2014Add to your cart.
tenth edition.  Citing the case Ashcraft v. Tennessee 1944.
Folder 9: The Book of Three States: Notable Men of Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, 1914Add to your cart.
Digitized copy. Includes a biographical description of Grover McCormick on page 197.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Grover McCormick Scrapbook depicting professional life, circa 1908-1968Add to your cart.
This scrapbook highlights the Jerry Lee Lewis, Shiloh, Ashcraft and Capone cases. Pictures of McCormick with Capone can be found in the scrapbook
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Grover McCormick Scrapbook depicting family life, circa 1908-1968Add to your cart.
This scrapbook contain photos, sermons, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificates, event programs and other materials.
Folder 1: Grover McCormick Loose Scrapbook Sheets, Circa 1908Add to your cart.
Loose pages of a scrapbook containg sermons, newspaper clippings, programs, and correspondence
Folder 2: Grover McCormick Sermon, Circa 1900'sAdd to your cart.
A handwritten sermon "Higher Education and Its Bearing on the Christian Religion" by Grover McCormick
Folder 3: Church Service Program, 1962, March 18Add to your cart.
A program for the "Second Sunday of Lent" mass service

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