Murphy, Robert William (1902-1971)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Robert William Murphy collection consists of manuscripts,, correspondence, and printed material.
Manuscripts by Murphy in the collection include drafts and proofs for his books The Peregrine Falcon(Houghton Mifflin, 1963); The Pond (Dutton, 1964); The Golden Eagle (Dutton, 1965); Wild Geese Calling (Dutton, 1966); The Phantom Setter and Other Stories (Dutton, 1966); A Certain Island(Evans, 1967); Wild Sanctuaries (Dutton, 1968), also including correspondence (see below) and research material; The Mountain Lion (Dutton, 1969), also including correspondence (see below);The Haunted Journey, juvenile edition (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969); A Heritage Restored, a juvenile edition of Wild Sanctuaries (Dutton, 1969), including questionnaires regarding group camping at refuges, supplied by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior (1969) and a letter (see below); The Stream (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971), including a letter from illustrator Robert Hines and other letters (see below); The Silver Heron (unpublished, ca. 1972); an unpublished book-length manuscript; an untitled children’s book (unpublished), and four articles, including “The Loons,” published in Boy’s Life magazine (1971). In addition, the collection includes the manuscript for Murphy’s unpublished short story “Jube’s Cat” (ca. 1940s), used as the basis for the sheepherder portion of The Mountain Lion; as well as Murphy’s notes on his visit to the Hudson Bay Company in 1949. The collection also includes notes, a notebook, printed material, a photograph, and letters, for an unfinished book on whales.
Correspondence in the collection includes letters to and from Murphy, dating from 1963 to 1964. Also present are several letters to Murphy from staff members of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service, used by Murphy for Wild Sanctuaries (1965-1966); two letters from used for The Mountain Lion (1967); a letter from illustrator Robert Hines regarding The Stream (1970) and other letters about the book; and a letter regarding A Heritage Restored(1969).
Printed material in the collection includes clippings from 1963-1964. Also present are several items used as background research for The Stream, including ten reprinted U.S. government studies regarding water pollution and DDT. In addition, the collection includes a National Geographic map of the world.