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Murray Family Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0180

Scope and Contents

The Murray Family Papers reflect the personal and business activities of three generations of the Murray family. The papers include a personal diary of Mrs. Isaac G. Murray; sermon notes, a hymnal and homiletics notebook of Reverend Isaac Murray; survey appointments, land grants, and lists of state money in relation to Ephraim Murray's work as a surveyor; and correspondence, and photo album, inventories of estates, deeds and receipts relating to family lands, property and education.

The papers date from 1795 to 1937. The bulk of the collection dates from 1830 to 1900 and relates to Dr. Ephraim Murray's work as a surveyor or Reverend Isaac Murray's education and work in the ministry.


  • 1795-1937
  • Majority of material found in 1830-1900


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.


2.50 linear feet (including 1 oversize folder, 77 photographic prints (in one flat box))

Language of Materials



The papers are divided into three series: Series 1, Ephraim Murray Papers; Series 2, Isaac G. Murray Papers; and Series 3, Miscellaneous Murray Family Papers.

Custodial History

The papers were donated to the B. Carroll Reece museum by Mrs. I. G. Murray.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of the Murray family were transferred to the Archives of Appalachia on August 25, 1983 by Helen Roseberry on behalf of the B. Carroll Reece Museum.

Separated Materials

Two leather wallets were removed and placed in the Appalachian Artifacts Collection. A pamphlet on the First Annual Report of the Chief Engineer to the President and Directors of the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Company was removed and placed in the vertical files.

Processing Information

Karen House, Ed Speer, and Norma Myers completed processing and the papers were opened for research in September 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA