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Joan and Peggy Murray Papers, 1880-1969 (Bulk: 1911-1969)
10 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 295

Abstract:
Collection consists of correspondence (1931-46); clippings; writings; memorabilia; photographs; and printed material documenting the lives of mother Peggy Murray, diseuse, and daughter Joan Murray, poet.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Florence Margaret (Peggy) Toaps Murray was born in Ottawa (date unknown). She toured Canada and England as a "diseuse" ("The Canadian [Yvette] Guilbert"), doing readings in accents, singing, etc. She took up painting at age 52, and at some point moved to Easthampton, Massachusetts. Her date of death is presently unknown. Her daughter, Joan Vincent Murray was born in London on 12 February 1917 during a World War I air raid. She spent her early childhood in England, and later attended schools in London, Paris, Ontario, and Detroit. Rheumatic fever injured her heart, and she was largely self-educated thereafter. She studied acting at several New York City schools and appeared in semi- professional plays. Her poems attracted the attention of W.H. Auden, who wrote the forward to one of her book of poems, published in 1947. She died of an infection in Saranac Lake, NY on 4 January 1942.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of correspondence (1931-46); clippings; writings; memorabilia; photographs; and printed material documenting the lives of mother Peggy Murray, diseuse, and daughter Joan Murray, poet.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Joan and Peggy Murray Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Joan Murray



Rilke, Rainer Maria. Selected Poems, London, The Hogarth Press,
1941

Box 1
Murray, Joan. Poems. New Haven, Yale University Press, . Edited by Grant Code. (Yale Series of Younger Poets)-contains hand written notes
1947


Book of Common Prayer


Box 1
Correspondence between Grant Code and W.H. Auden,
1946

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence,
1931-42

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence re her final illness,
1941-42

Box 1: folder 3
Tributes and reviews,
1947-18, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Photographs


Box 1: folder 5
Writings and notes


Box 1: folder 6
Biographical material


Box 1: folder 7
Writings



Poems


Box 1
Notes


Box 2: folder 1
Reviews


Box 2: folder 2
Proofs


Box 2: folder 3
True copies


Box 2: folder 4
Correspondence


Box 2
Grant Code and Mary Newman,
1946

Box 2: folder 5
Grant Code and Helen Anderson,
1946

Box 2: folder 6
Clippings,
1946

Box 2: folder 7
Forward to A Faun Surmising by Grant Code,
1946

Box 2: folder 8
"Sway to the Clouds Swing to The Sun," dedicated to Joan, by Peggy Murray (sheet music)


Box 2: folder 9
Typescripts of poems


Box 3
Peggy Murray



Notebook


Box 4
Poetry to reshape for publication


Box 4
Study at conservatory


Box 4: folder 1
The studio


Box 4: folder 2
Society about 1910


Box 4: folder 3
Sketches from my life


Box 4: folder 4
Dodging subs


Box 4: folder 5
The costume party


Box 4: folder 6
The escort


Box 4: folder 7
Introductions


Box 4: folder 8
Girlhood and school


Box 4: folder 9
The shoemaker


Box 4: folder 10
Taxi ride to studio


Box 4: folder 11
Debarkation


Box 4: folder 12
Stan in London


Box 4: folder 13
Whales


Box 4: folder 14
Days at sea


Box 4: folder 15
The Mad Man's Monologue


Box 4: folder 16
The ship's concert


Box 4: folder 17
Kipling: whale


Box 4: folder 18
Drummond's poems and others


Box 4: folder 19
The Walkers


Box 4: folder 20
Prose version


Box 4: folder 21
Icebergs


Box 4: folder 22
Fog


Box 4: folder 23
The agent


Box 4: folder 24
Stan and his painting


Box 4: folder 25
Beginning of romance with Stan


Box 4: folder 26
Mrs. Allingham


Box 4: folder 27
Stan's family


Box 4: folder 28
Eastbourne


Box 4: folder 29-30
Secret marriage


Box 4: folder 31
Maidenhead


Box 4: folder 32
6 unlabeled folders and miscellaneous loose material, poetry, printed material, mss. Data for biography


Box 4
Scrapbook,
1914-1916

Box 5
Notes (small spiral notebook)


Box 5
Engagement book


Box 5
Autograph book


Box 5
Notecards of possibly books, articles read ??


Box 5
Love and Valor by Tom Hood


Box 5
Heritage of Byzantium by Marcu Beza


Box 5
Ever A Fighter:A Modern Approach To The Work Of Robert Browning by Dallas Kenmare


Box 5
Little Journeys, Eminent Artists: Botticelli


Box 5
1 pair of earrings, locket with hair, pin, porcelain of Queen Elizabeth, and a scarf


Box 5
folder of miscellaneous photographs, correspondence, prints and drawings, and notes.


Box 5
"A New Musical Comedy Introducing Singing Chorus of Dancers". Ballet by Peggy Murray


Box 6
History of the Isle of Mull,the Hebrides and the history of the Mac or McLeans


Box 6
The St Laurence


Box 6: folder 1
Sketches on my life for BBC


Box 6: folder 2
The poetry of the unicorn and specters, etc


Box 6: folder 3
Scripts


Box 6: folder 4-6
Poetry


Box 6: folder 7
Miscellaneous poetry, scripts, programs, printed material


Box 6: folder 8
L.Baindridge Crist: songs


Box 6: folder 9
Seventeen wives


Box 6: folder 10
Printed material


Box 6: folder 11
The French Visitor


Box 6: folder 12
Family opposition to marriage


Box 6: folder 13
Miscellaneous printed material and poetry


Box 6: folder 14
Proposal in ... ?


Box 6: folder 15
Sister's marriage


Box 6: folder 16
The telephone call


Box 6: folder 17
Duplicates


Box 6: folder 18
The Spirit of the Brush translated by Shio Sakanishi


Box 6
Little Books on Art: Holbein edited by Cyril Davenport


Box 6
2 loose photographs


Box 6
Manilla envelope of poetry


Box 6
Diaries,
1928, n.d.

Box 7
Charles Dickens by Julian Symons


Box 7
Margot Fonteyn by Gordon Anthony


Box 7
A Confucian Notebook by Edward Herbert


Box 7
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico


Box 7
Poetry


Box 7: folder 1
Siklianos by Grant Code


Box 7: folder 2
Photographs


Box 7: folder 3
Cadenza (poetry, scripts, notes)


Box 7: folder 4
Plays and poetry


Box 7: folder 5
Poetry, notes, misc. photographs


Box 7: folder 6
Photographs and notes


Box 7: folder 7
"History of the Isle of Mull" (2 notebooks)


Box 7
Words, ideas, sketches for "A New Musical Comedy..."


Box 7
Notes (blue notebook) may be part of above??


Box 7
Manilla envelope of correspondence to Peggy Murray


Box 7
Aristotle On Poetry and Music


Box 7
Peggy Murray's "bits and pieces"


Box 7
Miscellaneous photographs


Box 7
Oversized Materials



"The World's Need, A Play of Light"



Drawings, poetry


Box 7
Photographs


Box 7

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Subjects
  • Actresses--Canada--Biography--Sources
  • Actresses--England--Biography--Sources
  • Auden, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
  • Dreier, Katherine Sophie, 1877-1952
  • Murray, Joan, 1917-1942
  • Murray, Peggy
  • Poets, American--20th century--Biography--Sources

Contributors
  • Murray, Peggy


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