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Daniel P. and Doris Dow Murphy Papers, 1937-1966

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Daniel P. and Doris Dow Murphy Papers, 1937-1966

Predominant Dates: 1937-1941

ID: MSS Murphy

Primary Creator: Murphy, Daniel P. (Daniel Paul) (1918-)

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1996

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Murphy Papers consist of materials created and assembled by Daniel P. Murphy and Doris A. Dow during their student years at Oregon State College in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The papers include a scrapbook assembled by Dow; photographs of student activities and campus views; and ephemera and publications.

Scope and Content Notes

The Murphy Papers consist of a scrapbook, photographs, ephemera, and publications assembled by Daniel P. Murphy and Doris A. Dow during their student years at Oregon State College. The scrapbook was assembled by Doris A. Dow and includes clippings, ephemera, programs and notices, dance cards, and grade reports and other student records for Dow. It covers the period 1939-1942.

The photographs consist of 66 mounted prints taken and assembled by Doris and 38 photograph prints taken by Dan. The mounted prints include images of Doris with friends and other residents of Jameson House; campus buildings; the commencement procession of students through campus; and students on a Newman Center field trip to Silver Falls, at a beach on the Oregon coast, and at a swimming pool in Benton Lane Park, on Highway 99W at the Benton-Lane County border. The mounted prints include descriptions and dates on the back of the prints.

The photographs taken by Dan depict students on campus; athletic events, including football and baseball; homecoming weekend activities such as the bonfire and house signs; the marching band, rally squad and beaver mascot being pulled on a cart; a tug-of-war, picnic and other student activities; and a crew boat on the Willamette River.

The ephemera and publications include the 1939 homecoming booklet; the 1946 Fusser's Guide; a 1966 football game program (Oregon State vs Northwestern); music programs, ticket stubs, and a broadside; an issue of the Ess Pee Ess newsletter of Sigma Phi Sigma fraternity; and Dan's Associated Students membership card for 1938-1939. The ticket stubs include two stubs for the 1957 Rose Bowl game.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Dan Murphy, from Gresham Oregon, attended Oregon State College during the 1937-1938 through 1940-1941 academic years. After military service during World War II, he returned to Oregon State in 1946-1947 and completed his BS degree in pharmacy in 1947.

Doris Azelia Dow, from Portland, Oregon, attended Oregon State College during the 1939-1940 and 1940-1941 academic years as a home economics major. She lived in Jameson House. Dow married Dan Murphy in 1948 and they lived in Portland.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 104 photographs; 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The scrapbook was donated to the Archives in 1996; the photographs and ephemera were received in 2007.

Related Materials: The OSU Archives' includes many student collections of photographs and ephemera; of particular note from this time period are the Associated Men's Halls Scrapbook (MSS AssocMensHalls), the James A. Blodgett Photographs and Emphemera (MSS Blodgett); and the Cauthorn Club Records (RG 101).

Preferred Citation: Daniel P. and Doris Dow Murphy Papers (MSS Murphy), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: With permission from donor and surviving relative Mike Murphy in July 2023, loose items were removed from the scrapbook previously housed in an oversize box (Box 01), and rehoused in acid-free folders to prevent further damage and deterioration.


Murphy, Daniel P. (Daniel Paul) (1918-)
Murphy, Doris Dow (1921-)

People, Places, and Topics

College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Local History
Murphy, Daniel P. (Daniel Paul), 1918-
Murphy, Doris Dow, 1921-
Oregon State Agricultural College--Buildings.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Dance cards.
Ephemera (general object genre)
Photographic prints.

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