Edward George Mackay family papers
> Edward George and Beulah Mason Mackay family papers

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Series 3
Edward George and Beulah Mason Mackay family papers, 1875-1956
Boxes 4 - 14

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist mostly of correspondence to and from Edward George and Beulah Mackay from 1875-1956. The outgoing correspondence (1911-1956, bulk 1941-1945) consists mostly of carbon copies of letters from Edward George and Beulah Mackay to their children discussing news of the home front in Atlanta, the activities of Reverend Mackay in the Methodist Church, and news about other family members. In addition, Reverend Mackay created the Home Front Post Office (1944-1946) copying selected letters from each of the boys and distributing them to the family. In this way, the family was able to keep in touch with each other during the war. The outgoing correspondence also contains original letters (1940-1947) written by Edward George and Beulah Mackay to their daughter Betty.

The incoming correspondence consists mainly of letters from each of the Mackay brothers during World War II. It also includes letters (1908-1949) to Edward George Mackay from Lynn Branham of Oxford, Georgia, in whose family home Edward boarded while at school at Emory College. They became lifelong friends and correspondents - Branham often writing about daily life and social news in the Oxford area. Donald Mackay's correspondence (1939-1952) documents his experiences at Duke University where he received his Divinity Degree before joining the Navy as a Chaplain, his assignment to the 7th Fleet with the Commander of Motor Torpedo Squadrons stationed in New Guinea, Borneo, the Moluccas and the Phillipine Islands. Edward Mackay's letters (1939-1952) discuss his service as a flight instructor early in the war for RAF pilots and later when he was accepted by the Air Transport Command and was stationed in Assam where he flew night flights over the Himalayas into China. The letters (1940-1952) from Jamie Mackay reflect his participation in the Northwest Texas Caravan, a Methodist youth crusade (1940); his training at Coast Guard stations in Florida; his service on the Destroyer Escort Menges; and his experiences at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Leland Mackay's letters (1942-1948) document his experiences at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, his service in the Coast Guard stationed in the Pacific Theater working with submarines, and in 1945 when stationed in Long Beach, California.

The collection also contains photographs of the Mackay family, mostly those attached to letters received from the Mackay brothers during the war; writings by or about the Mackay family; and Beulah Mason Mackay's WWII five-star mother's pin.

Recent additions consist of the correspondence of Edward George and Beulah Mackay from 1906-1957; Mason family correspondence, 1875-1922; and sermons by Edward George Mackay.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six subseries: (3.1) Outgoing correspondence, (3.2) Home Front Post Office, (3.3) Incoming correspondence, (3.4) Photographs, (3.5) Writings by and about, and (3.6) Ephemera.

Description of Subseries