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Murphy Family papers


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Rosemary Murphy Papers

Mary Marguerite Murphy Papers

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Murphy Family papers, 1916-1999 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1925-1929

Primary Creator: Murphy, Rosemary Anne

Other Creators: Murphy, Mary Marguerite

Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Papers are comprised of two series: I. Rosemary Murphy Papers (6 folders; artifacts); II. Mary Marguerite Murphy Papers (1 folder)

Date Acquired: 05/25/2005

Subjects: College sports for women--United States, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women college athletes

Forms of Material: Artifacts (Object genre), Correspondence, Ephemera, Notes, Photographic prints

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Murphy Family Papers (1916-1929, 1999; 0.5 cubic ft.) document the student life and activities of Rosemary Murphy and Mary Marguerite Murphy during their school days at Purdue University. Subject areas include women's sports at Purdue University (basketball, soccer, track), the Purdue "We Girls Rifle Team," physical education for women students at Purdue, and the various fraternities, sororities, honors and athletic societies to which the Murphy women belonged. The bulk of the papers were created by Rosemary Murphy and relate to her athletic activities on campus.

Biographical Note

Coming from her home in South Bend, Indiana, Mary Murphy graduated from Purdue in 1924 with a Bachelor of Science degree. During her time as an undergraduate, Mary was very involved with campus activities, including women’s sports. She played basketball and was a member of Theta Chi Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, the Philalethean Literary Society, the Women’s Athletic Association, the Woman’s Press Club, the Purdue Girls’ Club, the Purdue Union Club, and the staff of the Exponent student newspaper.

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Rosemary Murphy was a prominent student athlete in the early days of women’s sports at Purdue. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1929, Rosemary spent her undergraduate years involved in the Women’s Athletic Association, and playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. She also took part in the coed track meets and was one of the highest scoring individuals. In 1927, Rosemary served as the President of the Women’s Athletic Association and represented Purdue at the Athletic Conference of American College Women in Ithaca, New York. Outside of sports, Rosemary was also involved in Gold Peppers, Kappa Delta Pi, the Philalethean Literary Society, the Purdue Girls’ Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Theta Chi Gamma. She also won recognition as a Distinguished Student multiple times.

Subject/Index Terms

College sports for women--United States
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women college athletes

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 mss. box

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: There are no use restrictions on this collection.

Physical Access Note: Collection is located on-site.

Acquisition Source: James E. Bognar

Acquisition Method: Papers donated May 25, 2005 by James E. Bognar of South Bend, Indiana (a relative of the Murphy's).

Preferred Citation: The Murphy Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Rosemary Murphy Papers, ca. 1920s],
[Series 2: Mary Marguerite Murphy Papers, 1916-1999],