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Polly Luckett Murray papers

Call Number: Ms Coll 85


Polly Luckett Murray (1934-2019) was an artist and resident of Lyme, Connecticut whose documentation of local illness and advocacy work prompted the medical investigation that identified Lyme disease. After the bacteria and means of transmission were identified she worked to raise public awareness of Lyme disease and authored The Widening Circle: a Lyme disease pioneer tells her story. The collection documents Murray's data collection of symptoms experienced by herself, members of her family, and members of the community; communications with the Connecticut State Department of Health and Dr. Allen C. Steere of the Department of Rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine; and public awareness work. Materials in the collection include notes; research materials; scrapbooks of newspaper articles (originals and photocopies); photo albums; slides; VHS, DVD, and cassette tape recordings; ephemera; and publications.


  • circa 1965 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unprocessed. Contact the Medical Historical Library at to request access.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials containing medical information for individuals are restricted. Contact the Medical Historical Library at to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Polly Luckett Murray. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Polly Luckett Murray, 2022.


13 Linear Feet (15 boxes (3 flat + 12 Paige))

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Polly Luckett Murray papers
Katherine Isham
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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