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Carol R. Murphy (1916-1994) was a Quaker writer and thinker. She was the daughter of Mildred Knight Murphy (1889-1974) and Charles R. Murphy (1884-1936), who were convinced Friends. Carol R. Murphy was a member of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and active at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center, Wallingford, Pennsylvania. The papers of Carol R. Murphy, late twentieth century Quaker writer, are organized into two series. Series 1 contains autobiographical material and memorabilia, literary manuscripts, published articles, and notes by Carol R. Murphy. Series 2 contains Mildred K. Murphy's commonplace and sketchbooks, dating circa 1918 to 1969.
|BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL|
|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.|
|1916-1928||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 little family was tight-knit, reading aloud together nightly until Mildred's death in 1974.|
|1929-1952, 1950s-1990s||Carol Murphy attended Westtown School 1929-33, 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.|
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Ser. 1. Carol R. Murphy (1916-1994) documents & correspondence, 1928-1992
|Autobiography MS||(typed and handwritten, 62 pp.)||Box 1: 1|
|Genealogical material||Box 1: 2|
|Personal memorabilia (photos, journal)||1991-92||Box 1: 3|
Relates to meeting worship at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, including meditations and "A Search for Meaning," a spiritual autobiography.
|Box 1: 4|
|Commonplace book on mysticism
Includes book list (bound volume). "For the Inward Traveler," an anthology compiled by Carol Murphy. Ms in bound volume with personal notes.
|Box 1: 4|
|Herbert Hoover to Carol Murphy||Nov. 17, 1928||(TLS)||Box 1: 5|
|A.S. Eddington to Charles R. Murphy||April 14, 1929||(ALS)||Box 1: 6|
|Correspondence from Lillian Hughes||1953-94||Box 1: 5|
|Miscellaneous personal correspondence||Box 1: 6|
|"Naturalization Procedures in the U.S."
Typscript with notations. Submitted to American University.
|1941||Box 2: 7|
|Typed MS, "Comments on Current Affairs"||n.d.||Box 2: 8|
|"Pendle Hill, The First Twenty Years"
Typed MS and related materials
|1950||Box 2: 9|
|Miscellaneous manuscripts||Box 2: 10|
|Published articles, Charles R. Murphy||Box 2: 11|
|Published poem, Mildred K. Murphy||Box 2: 12|
|Published essays, Carol R. Murphy||Box 2: 13|
|Articles published in Friends Journal and Friends Intelligencer||Box 2: 14|
|Articles published in Journal of Pastoral Care and The Personalist||Box 2: 15|
|Miscellaneous articles, published letters by Carol Murphy||Box 2: 16|
|Rough notes on various subjects||(2 files)||Box 3: 17|
|Rough notes||Box 3: 18|
|Counseling Courses||Box 3: 19|
Notebooks, commonplace collections and notes on various topics and courses
|(16 small notebooks)|
|Notes and copies of minutes from committee work, 1952-1993||Box 4|
|Library Committees and workshops||ca. 1987-93||Box 4: 20|
|PYM Library Committee||Box 4: 21|
|Pendle Hill Publications Committee||1952-1992||Box 4: 22|
|Swarthmore Monthly Meeting Poetry Programs||1987-1991||Box 4: 23|
|Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, Worship and Ministry Committee||Box 4: 24|
|Misc. information on Quaker meetings||Box 4: 25|
Ser. 2. Mildred Johnson Knight Murphy (1889-1974) papers
Compilations of poetry and excerpts on religious and philosophical topics
|Sketchbooks and musical transcriptions||Box 8|