Morris Levine papers
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Special Collections - Closed Stacks
Map room oversize drawer 1 folder 1
Special Collections - Closed Stacks
Workroom range 2 section 6 and 7
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Document/manuscript/pamphlet/archival material
Physical Desc
21 folders.
548 photographs (snapshots) : b&w.
159 negatives : b&w.


Organization & arrangement of materials
Snapshots,Organized into series as follows: I. Before India. II. Soldier Life - On Base in Karachi. III. Soldier Life - Off Base. IV. Indian Life and Culture. V. Transportation, Animals, Misc. Subseries are specified in Veterans History Project finding aid;,Arrangement: Numeric by photograph number assigned during processing by library staff.
Organization & arrangement of materials
Negatives,Numeric by negative number assigned during processing by library staff. Negatives are numbered in a separate sequence from snapshots.
General Note
Snapshots shelved separately from rest of Veterans History Project collection.
General Note
Only 71 negatives have matching prints.
General Note
Oversize items in Oversize Manuscripts Box 1 Folders 2-11 and Oversize Drawer 1 Folder 1.
General Note
Materials housed in the Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment. Negatives restricted to staff use only.
Scope and content: Morris Levine served in the Army Air Corps and as a Judge Advocate in Karachi, India, part of the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of operations during World War II. His materials include maps, military records, a 1942 diary, documents relating to Jewish services and celebrations, Karachi newspapers, and a variety of other items.
Over 500 snapshots and negatives document a wide variety of scenes and activities relating to Levine's service. A substantial portion of the collection shows troops on base, visiting officers, military vehicles and equipment, and related military subjects. A few images show Jewish religious services on base and a military funeral. Many other images show soldiers engaged in recreational activities, including an athletic competition, taking camel rides, seeing the sights, and spending time at the beach. One group of photographs shows the festivities during the crossing of the equator by the T.S.S. Katoomba. There are also a large number of photographs of the local Indian population, including street scenes, vendors, an outdoor dentist, and scenic images of Indian landscapes and animals, including two trips to the Himalayas. Only 71 negatives have been matched to prints. A small number of unprinted negatives, some taken in Nashville, are of unidentified civilians, and presumably date from the early post-war period.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: [folder or item citation], Morris Levine papers, World War II Series, Veterans History Project Collection, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Nashville Public Library does not own copyright.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gay Levine Eisen;,Gift;,2002.,Acc. 2002.001.
Biographical or Historical Data
Morris Levine was born on Dec. 8, 1917 in Nashville, Tenn., the son of Hyman and Mary Levine, who were immigrants from Russia. He graduated Hume Fogg High School in 1934. He attended the YMCA Night Law School, took the bar exam in 1938, and was still under 21 years old when he received his license to practice law. He was engaged to Virginia Hiken before World War II, but they postponed their marriage due to the war. He served in the Army Air Corps in the China Burma India theatre, stationed at an airbase in Karachi, India, where he worked in supply and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. After the war he returned to Nashville, where he married, pursued his law career, and had three children: Syd, Louis and Gay. He served for four years on the Nashville City Council. He was very active in a wide variety of community and charitable organizations, was a past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1291, where he served as Judge Advocate for 30 years, and was a Mason. He also was an active member of West End Synagogue, B'Nai Brith and the Jewish Community Center. Because of his charitable nature, and the fact that many of his clients were from low income households, he gained a reputation as a "people's lawyer." He retired from the bar in 1998 after 60 years of practice. He died on Dec. 4, 2001 in Nashville.
In English and Hebrew.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aids: Finding aid available in repository.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aids: Register.,Subseries level control.
Ownership and Custodial History
Materials in possession of Gay Levine Eisen, daughter of Morris Levine and executrix, at time of donation.
Linking Entry Complexity
Forms part of the World War II series of the Veterans History Project collection.
APA Citation (style guide)

Levine, M. Morris Levine papers.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Levine, Morris, 1917-2001. Morris Levine Papers. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Levine, Morris, 1917-2001, Morris Levine Papers. .

MLA Citation (style guide)

Levine, Morris. Morris Levine Papers.

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