Murchie, Guy (1907-1997)
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The Guy Murchie collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, artwork, journals and diaries, scrapbooks, and other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection include Murchie’s novels Men on the Horizon (1932); Song of the Sky (1954); and Music of the Spheres (1961). Also included are several of Murchie’s unpublished books and writings, including McGinty was a Kangaroo, Primer of Trouble, and Melody of Life.

Other manuscripts in the collection include the thesaurus Imaginarium; Murchie’s later books Soul School (1995) and The Veil of Glory (undated); Thomas Gowenlock’s Soldiers of Darkness (1937); Murchie’s Mutiny of the Bounty and Other Sea Stories (1937); two editions of Murchie’s The World Aloft (1960); and the French, German, and Dutch editions of Song of the Sky.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive and includes both personal and professional letters, both to and from Murchie. Many of the correspondents are members of Murchie’s family, but other notable correspondents include Robert R. McCormick, Bertrand Russell, Louis McH. Howe, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Various pieces of fan mail are also included.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes materials for Apple Hill Farm, navigator’s gear, a passport issued in 1948, footprints of Gretel Murchie, miscellaneous membership cards, transcripts, and diplomas, and two certificates from 1962 and 1981.

Printed materials in the collection include newspaper and magazine clippings, “Life in America” clippings, brochures, notes, and letters, as well as articles by Murchie dating from 1924 to 1961.

Photographs in the collection include many snapshots of Murchie and his family, as well as photographs of his friends, and “tourist” photos. Almost all photos are dated and identified by Murchie, and the material is dated between 1910 and 1969, some are undated.

Artwork in the collection includes many pencil drawings by Murchie, a watercolor of the seashore by Murchie including a holograph poem in the frame, and a painting of Eleanor Murchie from 1937.

Journals and diaries in the collection include diaries of Murchie’s trips to the Rocky Mountains and Persia from 1927 and 1964, respectively, as well as a diary for the year 1936. Photographs and pressed flowers are included.

Scrapbooks in the collection contain clippings about Harvard crew teams from the 1920’s and newspaper articles by Murchie.

Other materials in the collection include Murchie’s notes for future writings, dated from 1930 to 1938, and a watch fob with various Harvard medallions.
Notable Figures
1. Murchie, Guy, 1907-
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide