Guide to the Murphy Family Papers

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Title: Murphy Family Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.1995.11.09
Contributing Institution: Santa Clara University Library Archives & Special Collections
Physical Description: 4.27 linear feet, 7 boxes
Date: 1842-1910 (bulk 1850-1880)
Abstract: The Murphy Family Papers, 1842-1910 (bulk 1850-1880), document the lives of the Murphy family before and after their arrival to the San Jose, California area. The records consist of correspondence, indentures, legal paperwork, bills, receipts, and maps of property that the family owned. This collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Martin Murphy, Jr.’s Papers, 1842-1885 (bulk 1850-1880); Series II. Murphy Family Miscellaneous Papers, 1846-1870 (bulk 1850-1870); and Series III. Murphy Family Friends, Relatives, and Business Associates, 1850-1889 (bulk 1850-1880).
Physical Location: This collection is located in Santa Clara University Library's Archives & Special Collections.
Language: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

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None

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Preferred Citation

Murphy Family Papers, MSS.1995.11.09, Santa Clara University Library, Archives & Special Collections.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michelle Runyon. Finding aid EAD encoded by Shannon Hartman. Reviewed by Erin Louthen.

Biographical History

The Martin Murphy family emigrated from Ireland to Canada in 1820. In 1828, Martin Jr. (b. 1807) and his sister joined them. After a period in Missouri and in the Sacramento Valley, the family arrived in the San Jose area in 1844. They came to California with the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party, a pioneer wagon train that came to California over the Sierra Nevada two years before the journey of the Donner Party in 1846-1847. Shortly after arriving in Santa Clara, Martin Murphy, Sr. bought Rancho Ojo de Agua de la Coche in San Jose. Eventually, it came to be known as the “Twenty-One Mile” house and was a popular stop for travelers going between Santa Clara and San Jose. The Murphy family became landowners of vast territories in the San Francisco Bay Area through purchasing land owned by various old, californio families. Martin Murphy, Jr. eventually took up residence in Sunnyvale. Father of several sons, he was an advocate of education and an early financial supporter of Santa Clara College. Murphy's sons were among the earliest students at the college.
Bibliography
"Martin Murphy." The Valley of Heart's Delight: Santaclararesearch.net. Carolyn Feroben. Accessed Oct. 27, 2015.

Organizational History

Santa Clara University was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College and is California’s oldest operating institution of higher learning. It was established on the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asìs, the eighth of the original 21 California missions. The college originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank until 1853. The institution became known as the University of Santa Clara in 1912, when the schools of engineering and law were added. For 110 years, Santa Clara University was an all-male school. In 1961, women were accepted as undergraduates and Santa Clara University became the first coeducational Catholic university in California. The number of students and faculty tripled over the next decade and the university began the largest building program in school history with eight residence halls, a student union, and an athletic stadium. In the early 1970s, the Board of Trustees voted to limit the size of the undergraduate population, an action that was intended to preserve the character and ensure the quality of the university for generations to come. In 1985, the university adopted Santa Clara University as its official name.
Bibliography
Santa Clara University. “About SCU – History.” www.scu.edu/about/history.cfm (Accessed Nov. 23, 2010)
McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. The University of Santa Clara: A History, 1851-1977. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1979.

Related Material

Encarnacion Pinedo Digital Collection http://content.scu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/pinedo 

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Martin Murphy, Jr.’s Papers, 1846-1885 (bulk 1850-1880); Series II. Murphy Family Miscellaneous Papers, 1846-1870 (bulk 1850-1870); and Series III. Murphy Family Friends, Relatives, and Business Associates, 1850-1889 (bulk 1850-1880).

Scope and Content of Collection

The Murphy Family Papers, 1842-1910 (bulk 1850-1880), document the lives of the Murphy family and their close associates. Martin Murphy, Jr. supported the founding of Santa Clara College and his sons were some of the earliest students of the college. This collection contains correspondence, legal paperwork, bills, receipts, indentures and various documents related to property ownership. Martin Murphy, Jr. and many of his relatives became prominent landowners shortly after arriving in the San Jose area; the collection predominantly consists of materials related to their property holdings.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Santa Clara College (Calif.)
Santa Clara County (Calif.).
Santa Clara University (Calif.)
Sunnyvale (Calif.).
University of Santa Clara (Calif.)

 

Series I. Martin Murphy, Jr.’s Papers, 1842-1885 (bulk 1850-1880)

Scope and Content

This series documents the business life of Martin Murphy, Jr. and includes promissory notes, bills and receipts, correspondence and legal documents that deal mainly with land ownership. Also included is his certificate of U.S. citizenship.

This series is arranged by format.
 

Box 1: Papers of Martin Murphy, Jr., 1850-1885

 

Box 2: Maps and Certificate of Citizenship, 1855

 

Box 3: Scroll of Receipts, 1842-1853

 

Series II. Murphy Family Miscellaneous Papers, 1846-1870 (bulk 1850-1870)

Scope and Content

This series documents the business and personal lives of Daniel Murphy, Bernard Murphy and other members of the Murphy family. The series includes promissory notes, correspondence, bills and legal documents mostly related to land ownership.

This series is arranged by format and author.
 

Box 4: Papers of Daniel Murphy, 1850-1860

 

Box 5: Papers of Daniel and Bernard Murphy, Other Murphy Family Papers, 1846-1870

 

Series III. Murphy Family Friends, Relatives and Business Associates, 1850-1889 (bulk 1850-1880)

Scope and Content

This series documents the business and personal lives of people related to the Murphy family or those who had social or business relationships with the Murphy family. The series predominately consists of correspondence and legal documents related to property ownership.

This series is arranged by author.
 

Box 6: Correspondence, Bills and Legal Documents, 1850-1889