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Henry Killam Murphy papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 231

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of architectural drawings, project files, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera documenting Henry Killam Murphy, particularly in his roles as a founding partner in the New Haven firm Murphy & Dana, and the New York City firm Murphy, McGill & Hamlin.

Dates

  • 1899-1938

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Henry Killam Murphy has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu.

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 Alexander K. Murphy, 1979, 2002; and Janet (Mrs. William W.) Gaines, 1987-1988, 1990. Gift of the Wisconsin Historical Society, 2010.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by accession.

Associated Materials

Associated material: John Killam Murphy Papers (MS 1402), Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Records created by Henry Killam Murphy and his related firms can be found in the Talbot Hamlin Papers and Architectural Records, 1880-1959, held by the Avery Drawings and Archives Collections at Columbia University.

Extent

369.75 Linear Feet ( (118 boxes))

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0231

Overview

The papers consist of architectural drawings, project files, photographs, correspondence, and ephemera documenting Henry Killam Murphy, particularly in his roles as a founding partner in the New Haven firm Murphy & Dana, and the New York City firm Murphy, McGill & Hamlin.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Killam Murphy was born on August 19, 1877, in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale College in 1899, Murphy spent a year in the Yale Graduate School preparing for a career as an architect. In 1900 he studied design in the Atelier Masqueray and then worked for the firm of Tracy and Startwout, architects. In 1907, he opened his own firm, and in 1908, took Richard Dana as a partner. Together Murphy and Dana designed entire colleges, private residences, libraries, office buildings, schools, churches, and other buildings, both in the United States and abroad. A substantial number of these were in China, including the development of a Changsha campus for the Yali Middle School and Hsiang-Ya Medical School built by the Yale Foreign Ministry Society (now Yale-China). After Dana left the firm in 1921, the firm continued as Murphy, McGill, & Hamlin until 1924 when Murphy began his own practice. Enamored of Chinese architecture, Murphy continued to do work in China. In 1928 he was appointed advisor to the National Government of the Republic of China and by 1929 was architect for city planning of Nanking. Murphy died on October 12, 1954, in Branford, Connecticut.

Other Finding Aids

For a list of projects and the boxes in which project materials are located, please consult the Project Index.
Title
Guide to the Henry Killam Murphy Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Laura Tatum, Ronel Namde, and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
April 1983
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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