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Archives & Manuscripts

Carol R. Murphy Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-195

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of Carol Murphy's published articles, notebooks, personal papers including a typescript of her autobiography, and other miscellaneous papers which give insight into her insular upbringing and unusual lifestyle which focused on religious intellectual study. She also kept copies of minutes and related papers from her work with Quaker library committees, Pendle Hill Publications Committee, and Swarthmore Monthly Meeting Worship and Ministry. Her mother's commonplace books, sketch books, and music transcriptions were placed in a separate series. The commonplace books contain excerpts and selections of poetry on primarily religious topics from a wide range of authors which she began collecting in 1918 and continued until about 1969.

Dates

  • 1918-1993

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Carol Rozier Murphy (1916-1994) was a Quaker writer and longtime editor and contributor to publications produced at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

She was born in Boston, Mass., Dec. 7, 1916, the only child of Mildred Johnston Knight (1889-1974) and Charles Rozier Murphy (1884-1936). Her father was a Harvard graduate and poet and her mother an amateur artist and musician; according to her autobiography, they had married contrary to the wishes of their families who were well-to-do Philadelphians. After a childhood of home schooling and little contact with children and outsiders in rural Massachusetts, the family moved to the Philadelphia area so that Carol might attend Quaker schools. Her father had become interested in the tenets of Quakerism and began a compilation of Quaker poetry, working at Friends Historical Library. In 1928 the family became convinced Friends, joining the Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. The little family was tight-knit, reading aloud together nightly until Mildred's death in 1974.

Carol Murphy attended Westtown School 1929-33, and the family moved to Swarthmore when she began her studies at Swarthmore College. She graduated Swarthmore Class of 1937 and earned an M.A. in International Affairs at American University in 1941. In 1947, she began her long association with Pendle Hill, where she found her true vocation in writing, editing, and contemplation. She wrote more than seventeen pamphlets for Pendle Hill as well as for other Quaker publications on topics such as pastoral care, comparative religion, religious psychology, and meditation. In 1951, she took a course on pastoral counseling at the Garrett Biblical Institute, and in 1952 she joined the Pendle Hill Publications Committee. In her later years, Carol Murphy also was active on various Quaker library boards and in the Swarthmore Monthly Meeting.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Carol R. Murphy (1916-1994) was a Quaker writer and thinker. She was the daughter of Mildred Knight Murphy (1889-1974) and Charles R. Murphy (1884-1936), who were convinced Friends. Carol R. Murphy was a member of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and active at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center, Wallingford, Pennsylvania. The papers of Carol R. Murphy, late twentieth century Quaker writer, are organized into two series. Series 1 contains autobiographical material and memorabilia, literary manuscripts, published articles, and notes by Carol R. Murphy. Series 2 contains Mildred K. Murphy's commonplace and sketchbooks, dating circa 1918 to 1969.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:
  1. Manuscripts, correspondence, and publications by Carol R. Murphy
  2. Commonplace and sketch books by Mildred K. Murphy, her mother

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information

Donor: Transfer from Pendle Hill, 1993, 1994; Accession number 93-049 and 94.014

In her will, Carol R. Murphy bequeathed her personal papers and books to Pendle Hill. Pendle Hill transferred the papers and some of the books to FHL where they could be more accessible and kept archivally.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. See the Library catalogue for Carol R. Murphy's publications and for The Fields of Thought by Charles R. Murphy, 1937
  2. RG 4/066, Pendle Hill Records

Processing Information

An earlier gift from Carol Murphy to FHL was added to this collection. Publication were sorted out and books added to the Library duplicates collection. The Papers were sorted into series and stored in eight boxes in Record Group 5, with a checklist.
Title
Carol R. Murphy Papers, 1918-1993
Author
SKM
Date
1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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