Guide to the Rufus Burks Papers, 1912-1980, undated

Summary Information

Title: Rufus Burks Papers, 1912-1980, undated
Collection: AC.628
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Rufus Burks Papers collection contains about 100 letters from and to Rufus Burks and family members while he was serving in the US Army. Other folders contain family tax receipts and other receipts and paper pertaining to life in the 1940's.

Creator: Burks, Rufus

Biographical/Historical Note

The letters from Burks while in service during World War II details some of the rigors of Army life, his medical treatment for an injury to his leg, the effects of separation of soldiers and family, and a picture of a black soldier's life and treatment during World War II.

Scope and Contents

The Rufus Burks Papers follow a black World War II private's life, largely stationed in the South, with extensive details on his family and their circumstances. Burks entered the US Army in 1943 and was stationed in Indianapolis, Camp Pickett, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and Ft. Benning, Georgia. There are also letters to Burks' children, mother, and other family members. Letters/statements from Ms. Burks' doctor and pastor tell of her health problems and ask for his early discharge to help with family members. The tax receipts are for various Burks family members and their real estate and/or personal property in Botetourt County, Virginia.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish in 2003. Accessions number AC.2003.044

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.628: Rufus Burks Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Correspondence, Rufus Burks to Catherine Burks, 1944 Box 1, Folder 1
Correspondence, Rufus Burks to Catherine Burks, January-July 1945 Box 1, Folder 2
Correspondence, Rufus Burks to Catherine Burks,some incomplete, July-December 1945 Box 1, Folder 3
Correspondence, Various Persons, 1931-1945 Box 1, Folder 4
Documents, Army-related, 1943-1945, undated Box 1, Folder 5
Papers, from Folder addressed to Pvt. Nelson S. Burks, circa 1943 Box 1, Folder 6
Receipts, 1914-1980, undated Box 1, Folder 7
Tax Receipts for Burks Family Members to Botetourt County, Virginia, 1912-1934 Box 1, Folder 8