Inventory of Murphy Family Papers

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Inventory of Murphy Family Papers

Record Group: PP-Murphy

University Archives





Santa Clara, California

Contact Information:

  • University Archives
  • Santa Clara University
  • 500 El Camino Real
  • Santa Clara, California 95053-0500
  • Phone: (408) 554-4117
  • Fax: (408) 554-5179
  • Email: amcmahon@mailer.scu.edu
  • URL: http://www.scu.edu/archives
Processed by:
University Archives staff
Completed by:
Megan Carter
Date Completed:
February 26, 1996
Encoded by:
James Lake

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

Access

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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.

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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.

Container List

Folder 1

Martin Murphy, Jr.(1807-84): promissory notes and notes relating to loans (1850's-1880's)

Folder 2

Martin Murphy, Jr.: bills and receipts (1850's-70's)

Folder 3

Martin Murphy, Jr.:

 

correspondence (1850's-80's)

 

pencil drawing of Martin Murphy, Jr.

Folder 4

Martin Murphy, Jr.: 29 letters to Murphy and wife concerning their 50th wedding anniversary (1881)

Folder 5

Martin Murphy, Jr.:

 

legal papers not dealing with land issues (1850's-1870's)

 

Martin Murphy, Jr.'s 1855 certificate of U.S. citizenship (O Box 6)

Folder 6

Martin Murphy, Jr.: checks (1860's)

Folder 7

Martin Murphy, Jr.: checks (1870's)

Folder 8

Martin Murphy, Jr.: insurance forms (1880's)

Folder 9

Martin Murphy, Jr.: indentures between Martin and his wife, Mary Murphy, (1850's, 1884)

Folder 10

Martin Murphy, Jr.: papers dealing with Rancho Purissima Concepcion (1850's-70's), including:

 

mortgages

 

leases

Folder 11

Martin Murphy, Jr.: papers dealing with Rancho Pastoria de las Borregas (1850's-60's), including:

 

surveyors' findings

 

indentures

 

copies of Spanish documents

 

decrees of confirmation

 

1 map

 

8 pages of traced copies in scroll form of the original documents related to the transfer between Jose Estrada and Mariano Castro of the Rancho del Refugio, also known as the Rancho Pastoria de las Borregas (Box 7)

Folder 12

Martin Murphy, Jr.: papers concerning Rancho Milpitas (1860's-70's), including:

 

1 lease

 

3 deeds

Folder 13

Martin Murphy, Jr.: papers dealing with Rancho Santa Margarita, including:

 

mortgages (1860)

 

1 map (1861)

Folder 14

Martin Murphy, Jr.: papers dealing with land in Sacramento, including:

 

indentures (1850's)

 

1 indenture and 1 deed between Martin Murphy, Jr. and John Sutter, 1849

Folder 15

Martin Murphy, Jr.: mortgages held by Martin (1850's-70's)

Folder 16

Martin Murphy, Jr.: leases and indentures involving land in downtown San Jose (1840's-60's)

Folder 17

Martin Murphy, Jr.: other documents concerning isolated land dealings, including:

 

1852 rent agreement dealing with land in Santa Clara County

 

1860 deed transferring land in San Francisco

 

1860 indenture transferring land in Carson County, Utah Territory

 

1860 agreement transferring lots in Alameda County

 

1861 indenture transferring land in San Francisco

 

1864 indenture transferring Rancho Asuncion in San Luis Obispo County

 

1864 indenture transferring Rancho Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County

 

1872 indenture transferring Rancho Santa Ana

 

undated descriptions of land boundaries

Folder 18

Daniel Murphy (1826-82): promissory notes and notes relating to loans (1850's), 1 account book

Folder 19

Daniel Murphy: bills and receipts (1850's)

Folder 20

Daniel Murphy: bills and receipts (1850's)

Folder 21

Daniel Murphy: correspondence (1850-53)

Folder 22

Daniel Murphy: correspondence (1854-55)

Folder 23

Daniel Murphy: correspondence (1856-57)

Folder 24

Daniel Murphy: correspondence (1858-60)

Folder 25

Daniel Murphy: correspondence (either undated or date is illegible)

Folder 26

Daniel Murphy: legal papers dealing with issues other than land (1851-59), including:

 

contracts and articles of agreement

 

court decisions

 

summonses

 

sales of improvements

 

biographical information on Daniel Murphy from the Society of CA Pioneers

Folder 27

Daniel Murphy: legal and other papers dealing with land issues (1852-57), including:

 

leases

 

a bill of sale

 

local government decision

 

an article of agreement

 

1854 translation of Spanish documents

 

decisions involving the property of Bernard Murphy

 

surveyor's notebook detailing land boundaries

 

notice describing land for lease

Folder 28

Daniel Murphy (and James Murphy): Papers dealing with indenture No. 25, Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas, (1853-54), including:

 

1854 translations and copies of Spanish documents

 

2 maps

 

court confirmation of ownership

 

photocopy of document with Sr. Sullivan's translation

Folder 29

Murphy papers not attributed to a specific Murphy, including:

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

 

legal papers dealing with land

 

promissory notes

 

1858 map of the Rancho de la Laguna Seca (in O Box 6)

Folder 30

Bernard "Brian" Murphy (1815-53): (1850's)

 

correspondence

 

bill

 

promissory notes

Folder 31

Bernard "Brian" Murphy: Papers dealing with indenture No. 7, Rancho Las Uvas, (1853-54), including:

 

2 maps

 

copies and translations of Spanish documents (1850's)

 

decree of confirmation

Folder 32

Bernard "Brian" Murphy: papers dealing with indenture No. 52, Rancho La Polka, (1854), including:

 

copies of Spanish documents

 

decree of confirmation

Folder 33

Bernard "Brian" Murphy: papers dealing with indenture No. 95, Rancho del Ojo de Agua de la Cochi, (1846-54),including:

 

original document in Spanish

 

copy of original grant with Sr. King's translation

 

map

 

copy of documents in Spanish

 

translation of Spanish documents

 

decree of confirmation

Folder 34

Bernard D. Murphy (1841-1911): (1850's-70's)

 

bills and receipts

 

promissory notes

 

deed to land in San Jose

Folder 35

Bernard D. Murphy: checks (1870's)

Folder 36

James T. Murphy (1852-98): (1870's-90's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

 

promissory notes

 

4 indentures involving Rancho Atascadero and Rancho Ascuncion

 

1893 indenture involving rights to Martin Murphy, Jr.'s Sunnyvale land

Folder 37

James T. Murphy: checks (1870's-90's)

Folder 38

John Murphy (1824-92): (1850's-60's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

 

promissory notes

 

deed of mortgage and satisfaction of mortgage

 

biographical information from Society of CA Pioneers

Folder 39

Martin Murphy, Sr. (1785-1865):

 

bills and receipts (1850's)

 

promissory notes (1850's)

 

photocopy of 1901newspaper story on Martin, Sr.

Folder 40

Martin J. Murphy (1836-65): (1850's-60's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

 

promissory notes

 

deed

 

satisfaction of mortgage

 

mortgage

 

checks

Folder 41

Mary (Maria) Fisher Murphy (1836-1902) and family:

 

correspondence in Spanish with some English translations by Sr. King (1850's)

 

bill (undated)

Folder 42

Patrick W. Murphy (1938-1901): (1860's-90's)

 

wife's calling card

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

 

promissory notes

 

deed of transfer of mining rights

 

4 deeds of special power of attorney

 

agreement of release of all demands on estate of Martin and Mary Murphy

Folder 43

Patrick W. Murphy: Papers dealing with indenture No. 211, Rancho Atascadero, (1850's and 60's), including:

 

copy of Spanish document with Sr. King's translation

 

indenture transfering ownership

 

copy of court ruling

 

deed of sale to Patrick Murphy

Folder 44

Patrick W. Murphy: checks (1860's-70's)

Folder 45

Murphy family:

 

funeral notice of Mrs. W. Murphy (1889)

 

promissory note belonging to William Murphy (1875)

 

correspondence (1880's)

 

photo (1910's)

 

taped interview with Mrs. Gerald Kennedy (AC86)

Folder 46

Archbishop Alemany: (1880's)receipts for donations made by Martin Murphy, Jr.

Folder 47

J.R. Arques: (1870's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

 

indenture transferring land in Santa Barbara

Folder 48

J. Bidwell: note requesting olive cuttings (undated)

Folder 49

R. T. Carroll: (1870's-80's)

 

bills and receipts

 

1881 correspondence with Fr. Varsi, S.J.

Folder 50

James Crowley: 1867 agreement to process wheat crop

Folder 51

Bull and Fisher families: (1850's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

Folder 52

R. P. Hammond: (1850's)

 

bill

 

promissory notes

Folder 53

Martin Family: (1850's-70's)

 

bills

 

promissory notes

Folder 54

Taaffe Family: (1870's-80's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

Folder 55

William Tennant: (1850's)

 

correspondence

 

bills and receipts

Folder 56

W. T. Wallace: (1860's)

 

correspondence

 

bill

Folder 57

Papers not yet connected to the Murphys, including:

 

correspondence, some from Thomas Fallon, (1843-53 and undated)

 

bills and receipts (1851-77 and undated)

 

promissory notes (1849-66 and undated)

 

1 check from 1850

Folder 58

Papers that deal exclusively with land issues (not yet connected to the Murphys), including:

 

map of Rancho San Francisquito (undated)

 

1853 map of Rancho de Bolsa Nueva

 

2 documents to support land claims (undated)

 

legal documents (1854-64):

 

3 decrees of confirmation

 

copy of decision of land board accompanying decree of confirmation

 

9 signed testimonies

 

copy of court decision in land claim suit

 

certificate of sale of Rancho Atascadero

 

surveyors' notes and records of lot boundaries (1858-65)

 

other land documents:

 

undated description of land

 

1 page record of land transactions in San Francisco from 1873 to 1875

 

1854 map of land in Santa Clara County purchased by Mrs. Marcelina Campbell (in O Box 6)

Folder 59

Legal agreements that deal with land transactions (not yet connected to Murphys) (1847-77), some of which involve Thomas Fallon, including:

 

deeds

 

grants

 

mortgages

 

leases

Folder 60

Sr. Sullivan: research materials, including a partial list of Murphy family land holdings

Folder 61

Sr. Sullivan: research materials dealing with Murphy family genealogy

Folder 62

Sr. Sullivan: newspaper clippings on the Murphys

Folder 63

Sr. Sullivan: materials relating to the Murphys from the anniversary celebration in Frampton, Quebec

Folder 64

Sr. Sullivan: materials on the St. Denis Church

Folder 65

Sr. Sullivan: correspondence regarding the Murphys and her book

Folder 66

Sr. Sullivan: acknowledgments for copies of book

Folder 67

Sr. Sullivan: materials from the Sunnyvale Historical Society