Early personal correspondence concerns Hurd's Naval Academy days and describes courses, cruises, and life as a midshipman (1921-1925). Letters to his parents in Michigan are extensive, covering such diverse subjects as surfing in Hawaii (1925), an automobile trip across the U.S. (1928), promotion policies of the Navy (1934), pay cuts (1933), and the effects of the Depression (1934-1939). Life in Panama (1935) and service with the Asiatic Fleet (1928-1930) are also detailed. Much of the correspondence concerns Hurd's accident and hospital stay, along with a libel suit arising from his injury (1933-1934). Sea duty and economic issues are discussed sporadically throughout the personal correspondence.
Official documents (1925-1959) are far more extensive than his personal correspondence. Included are a complete service record, orders, memoranda, correspondence, signal sheets, and repair records. In addition, there are materials concerning Hurd's citations, awards and commendations, moving expenses, medical record (1925-1954), and three cards (1946, 1951, 1954) listing vessels and duty stations for his twenty-nine years of service. The collection also includes photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous items documenting Hurd's career.
Oversized material consists of official documents, a magazine, and a photograph.