Carol R. Murphy Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Carol Rozier Murphy (1916-1994) was a Quaker writer and longtime editor and contributor to publications produced at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.
She was born in Boston, Mass., Dec. 7, 1916, the only child of Mildred Johnston Knight (1889-1974) and Charles Rozier Murphy (1884-1936). Her father was a Harvard graduate and poet and her mother an amateur artist and musician; according to her autobiography, they had married contrary to the wishes of their families who were well-to-do Philadelphians. After a childhood of home schooling and little contact with children and outsiders in rural Massachusetts, the family moved to the Philadelphia area so that Carol might attend Quaker schools. Her father had become interested in the tenets of Quakerism and began a compilation of Quaker poetry, working at Friends Historical Library. In 1928 the family became convinced Friends, joining the Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. The family was tight-knit, reading aloud together nightly until Mildred's death in 1974.
Carol Murphy attended Westtown School 1929-1933, and the family moved to Swarthmore when she began her studies at Swarthmore College. She graduated Swarthmore Class of 1937 and earned an M.A. in International Affairs at American University in 1941. In 1947, she began her long association with Pendle Hill, where she found her true vocation in writing, editing, and contemplation. She wrote more than seventeen pamphlets for Pendle Hill as well as for other Quaker publications on topics such as pastoral care, comparative religion, religious psychology, and meditation. In 1951, she took a course on pastoral counseling at the Garrett Biblical Institute, and in 1952 she joined the Pendle Hill Publications Committee. In her later years, Carol Murphy also was active on various Quaker library boards and in the Swarthmore Monthly Meeting.
This collection contains copies of Carol Murphy's published articles, notebooks, personal papers including a typescript of her autobiography, and other miscellaneous papers which give insight into her insular upbringing and unusual lifestyle which focused on religious intellectual study. She also kept copies of minutes and related papers from her work with Quaker library committees, Pendle Hill Publications Committee, and Swarthmore Monthly Meeting Worship and Ministry. Her mother's commonplace books, sketch books, and music transcriptions were placed in a separate series. The commonplace books contain excerpts and selections of poetry on primarily religious topics from a wide range of authors which she began collecting in 1918 and continued until about 1969.
The collection is divided into two series:
- Manuscripts, correspondence, and publications by Carol R. Murphy
- Commonplace and sketch books by Mildred K. Murphy, her mother
Gift of Pendle Hill, 1993, 1994; Accession number 93-049 and 94.014
In her will, Carol R. Murphy bequeathed her personal papers and books to Pendle Hill. Pendle Hill transferred the papers and some of the books to FHL where they could be accessible and stored archivally.
An earlier gift from Carol Murphy to FHL was added to this collection. Publication were sorted out and books added to the Library duplicates collection. The Papers were sorted into series and stored in eight boxes in Record Group 5, with a checklist.
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- Susanna Morikawa
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- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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typed and handwritten, 62 pp.
Relates to meeting worship at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, including meditations and "A Search for Meaning," a spiritual autobiography.
Includes book list (bound volume). "For the Inward Traveler," an anthology compiled by Carol Murphy (2 copies). Manuscripts in bound volumes.Physical Description
Typscript with notations. Submitted to American University.
Typed MS and related materials
Notebooks, commonplace collections and notes on various topics and coursesPhysical Description
16 small notebooks
Compilations of poetry and excerpts on religious and philosophical topics