Browse Exhibits (6 total)

Bernard Leon "Mutt" Gritten (1924 -2012)- WWII



This exhibit showcases the wartime correspondance of Bernard L. "Mutt" Gritten, as well as photographs and wartime memorabilia he returned home with. To access this exhibit, click on the link to the right titled "Mutt Gritten Exhibit." 


Family Album: Julia Etta Squire, Mary Elizabeth Anderson Wilson


Family album of Julia Etta Squire and Mary Elizabeth Anderson Wilson, passed down to Nellie Wilson Gritten. It contains the family photographs of the Squire, Ray, Anderson, Kern and Bailey families. The album itself is 8 x 10 inches, and is comprised of faded yellowed paper album pages designed for housing carte de visites and cabinet cards, which were once so popular with the publc that the trend for collecting, sharing and trading them was dubbed "cartomania".

The album exhibt is under construction currently, but it can be enjoyed even without the aid of the full metadata which will take time to enter. As it is now, I hope it creates something of the experience of turning the pages. it is an important element of preserving this item and sharing it that it be presented and organized as it came to me, and as was the intent of those that created and cared for these family memories before us.

Click on the links to the right to view the album pages. Each page will also feature larger images of each photo on the album page. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge images.

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Gritten World War II Memorabilia


Various objects and photographs brought home from Europe by Bernard Leon "Mutt" Gritten after he returned home from serving in World War II in Europe.

Identifying Old Photographs



The family photo album passed down from Julia Etta Squire Anderson to her daughter Mary Elizabeth Anderson Wilson, and then to her daughter Nellie Pauline Wilson Gritten, is a treasure trove of interesting and beautiful photographs that document the family's long history. Thoughtfully, the caretakers of this family history frequently made detailed notes on the back of photographs describing the people and places featured, as well as their relationships within the family group. In combination with this information, previous genealogical work and Graphics Atlas, as well as other online resources for identifying old photographs, new discoveries of family history have been made with the help of the information gleaned from these artifacts. 

To see how these charteristics apply to the selected examples, click on each photograph link!



Nellie Pauline Wilson - WWII


To begin exploring this exhibt, select the overiew link, "Mutt and Nellie: A WWII Story" for a youtube video featuring her family history narrative. This exhibit features the World War II correspondence of Nellie Pauline Wilson Gritten, as well as photographs, and related newspaper clippings. To access this exhibit, begin by clicking on the link "Nellie Pauline Wilson Gritten Exhibit" to the right on the menu. Letters are organized chronologicially.