Scope and Content
Title: Inventory of Murphy Family Papers
Record group: PP-Murphy
Extent: 67 folders
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[Identification of item], Murphy family papers, Santa Clara University. University
Scope and Content
The Murphy Family Papers, totaling 67 folders, were acquired by the Archives in 1995 and
contain the papers of the Murphy family, early Santa Clara Valley pioneers, as well as
papers relating to the family. Folders 1 to 17 contain Martin Murphy, Jr.'s papers and
include promissory notes, bills and receipts, correspondence and legal documents that
deal mainly with land ownership. Folders 18 to 27 contain Daniel Murphy's papers, which
include the same materials as Martin Murphy, Jr.'s papers. Folders 27 through 44 contain
papers belonging to the rest of the Murphy family. Folders 45 through 55 contain papers
belonging to people related to or acquainted with the Murphy family. Folders 57 to 59
contain papers that have not yet been connected with the Murphy family. Folders 60
through 67 include the research materials of Sr. Gabrielle Sullivan, S.N.D., who wrote a
biography of Martin Murphy, Jr. and donated this collection to the Archives.
Most of the materials that make up the Murphy Family Papers are in English, but a number
are written in Spanish. Some of these documents were translated into English by Sr. Mary
Wilma King, S.N.D. Most of the papers date from the 1840's to the 1890's and the majority
deal with Santa Clara County issues, mainly land ownership and acquisition.