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Murphy Family Papers

 Collection — Container: M1968-02
Identifier: M1968-02-##qtn

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, business records, scrapbooks, maps and miscellaneous printed works relating primarily to Pensacola and environs, 1802-1960. With photographs of Pensacola scenes and a group of about 100 volumes forming part of the original library of Dr. Fernando Moreno of Pensacola ca. 1835-1855.

  &nnsp; Includes business records of William Nichols, Marianna, 1831-1879; Henry Whitmire, Milton, 1850-1861; and Gideon Murphy, Milton, 1856-1899; letters addressed to Augustus E. Maxwell of the Confederate States Senate, 1862; financial accounts of Charles Hobbs, of Escambia County, 1862, relating to provisions taken by the 5th Regiment of Georgia Vols.; daybook of a general store owned by J. A. Chastain, Marianna, 1868-1869; and undated roll of members of the Pensacola chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

  &nnsp; Gideon Murphy papers include correspondence and other papers of W. H. Murphy, Miss Bertha and Miss Pearl Murphy, and others; noted of Gideon Murphy's service in Co. E., 1st Alabama Battalion (C.S.A.); a land grant to George A. McCall, 1858; Mr. Murphy's records of lumbering, 1860-1889, and other businesses in Milton, Bagdad, and Ferry Pass; a list of loggingbrands, 1871; and papers relating to the construction and maintenance of roads, 1866-1873.

  &nnsp; The collection was assembled by Miss Bertha A. Murphy (d. 1967), and includes school memorabilia, ca. 1889; notes of timber cut near Thompson's Bayou, 1909, on the Murphy lands now forming part of the University of West Florida campus; papers relating to sale of land at McDavid, 1918; and correspondence and other papers relating to Miss Murphy's activities in Pensacola, 1935-1940, including the Federal Housing Administration, Historical Records Survey, Pensacola Art Institute. With correspondence of Senator Claude Pepper and others, 1941-1942, on civil defense and scrap salvage activities in Pensacola; Miss Murphy's scrapbooks of Florida and Pensacola interest, ca. 1924-1949, contain numerous imprints, photographs, and oher papers including notes on the Gonzalez family of Cantonment by R. P. Wilder, the text of radio addresses on Pensacola history by T. T. Wentworth, Jr., and letters of F. H. LaGuardia. An earlier series of scrapbooks, 1871-1894, contain memorabilia of social and theatrical activities in New York City. Also includes account books of O'Neill & Nall, a general store in Pensacola, 1840-1842; E. W. Dorr, Pensacola, 1852, with entries of Dr. Isaac Hulse; and an unidentified store in Pensacola, 1860-1861.


  • created: 1802-1960

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers, dependent on our compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, HIPPA requirements, donor agreements and other applicable state and federal statutes. Occasionally we may need to review a collection before permitting immediate access.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography, scanning, and photocopying of materials is prohibited. Permission may be granted by the University Archivist for such reprography dependent on issues of copyright, ownership, condition, donor agreements, etc. In general, staff do not make reproductions of copyright materials or materials for which title is not owned by the institution. Recent revisions in the U.S. Copyright Law extended the copyright of correspondence, letters, and other personal papers to the life of the author plus seventy years.


1.38 items

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Source of Acquisition

Estate of Miss B. A. Murphy

Murphy Family Papers
Stephanie Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center Repository

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