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Inventory of Murphy Family Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Inventory of Murphy Family Papers
    Record group: PP-Murphy
    Extent: 67 folders
    Repository: Santa Clara University Archives
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Santa Clara University permits public access to its archives within the context of respect for individual privacy, administrative confidentiality, and the integrity of the records. It reserves the right to close all or any portion of its records to researchers. The archival files of any office may be opened to a qualified researcher by the administrator of that office or his/her designee at any time.
    Archival collections may be used by researchers only in the Reading Room of the University Archives and may be photocopied only at the discretion of the archivist.

    Publications Rights

    Permission to copy or publish any portion of the Archives' materials must be given by the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Murphy family papers, Santa Clara University. University Archives.

    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.