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Date Span: 1938 - 1988
Extent: 2.34 cu. ft.
Biographical Note: Robert Clarence Murphy was born on February 11,
1916 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He and Nancy Myrtle Beets married on November
29, 1939. Serving with United States Naval Reserve 90th Seabees during
World War II, Robert achieved the rank of machinists mate third class. In
1954, Robert became employed as an aircraft mechanic at Fort Rucker, so he
and Nancy moved to Newton, Alabama. Robert served as Deacon of the Newton
Baptist Church, Chairman of the Newton Housing Authority and as a member of
Newton Town Planning Committee. Robert died 1988 and is buried in Newton
Nancy Myrtle (Beets) Murphy was born May 2, 1916,
in Chickasha Oklahoma. After working at a defense plant and brokerage firm
in Los Angeles, California, during World War II, Nancy returned to
Chickasha, Oklahoma, earning her teaching certificate in 1956. Moving to
Newton, Alabama, in 1956, she taught social studies at Ozark Carroll High
School, ran for public office during the Newton’s City Council election in
1972 and was the owner of M & M Ceramics. Nancy died in 1993 and is buried
in Newton City Cemetery.
Scope/Content: Collection documents the lives of Robert Clarence Murphy and Nancy Myrtle
(Beets) Murphy from 1938 - 1988. Born, raised and marrying in Chickasha,
Oklahoma, the couple later moved to Newton, Alabama in 1954. The bulk of the
collection consists of correspondence: letters, cards and postcards between
Robert and Nancy Murphy. Of particular note are letters written between
Robert and Nancy during World War II [1943 - 1945.] Also in the collection
are family documents, family financial records, newspaper clippings and
photographs. Documents involving Robert Murphy's WWII military career as
well as Nancy Murphy's teaching material, original poems, and drawings are
included. Contained within the collection are documents on Nancy's bid for
Newton's City Council in 1972, ownership of M & M Ceramics and research on
the history of the Beets and Marlow families of Chickasha, Oklahoma. This
family history research includes books, documents and photographs on the
Marlows of Oklahoma.
into four series:
1. Correspondence - Includes
correspondence with Robert and Nancy Murphy as recipients from 1938 - 1980.
Arranged by recipient.
2. Personal Papers - Includes
family documents, Robert Murphy’s WW II military documents, Nancy Murphy’s
teaching material and artwork. Arranged alphabetically by topic.
3. Marlow Family History -Includes photocopy from family Bible, reproduced family pictures and book, Life of the Marlows: A True Story of Frontier Life of Early Days.
Provenance: Ms. King purchased the Murphy house in Newton
ca. 1996 at a government auction. The Murphy materials were stored both in
a crawlspace and the attic of the house. After moving to Dothan, Ms. King
donated these materials to the The Wiregrass Archives.
original order, so The Wiregrass Archives staff organized the collection into four series to
facilitate access. Correspondence is arranged by recipient. Personal papers
are arranged alphabetically by topic.
Robert and Nancy Murphy Papers, RG 083. Wiregrass Archives, Troy University--Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.
Date processed: 8-2008
Processed By: B. Strickland
Series 1: Correspondence – Letters
addressed to Robert and Nancy Murphy
Correspondence to Robert Murphy October 25, 1934 - December 20,
Correspondence to Robert Murphy January 2, 1944 - December 31,
Correspondence to Robert Murphy January 1, 1945 - March 31, 1945
Correspondence to Robert Murphy April 1, 1945 - October 28, 1945
Correspondence to Robert Murphy January 31, 1950 - May 20, 1955
Correspondence to Robert Murphy June 2, 1955 - December 17, 1955
Correspondence to Robert Murphy January 2 1956 - December 10,
Correspondence to Robert Murphy n.d.
Correspondence to Robert Murphy Incomplete Letters
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy November 18, 1936 - December 24,
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy January 1, 1944 - October 26,
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy October 27, 1944 - December 31,
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy January 21, 1945 - June 27, 1945
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy June 28, 1945 - December 20, 1948
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy May 17, 1949 - July 11, 1949
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy July 5, 1949 - December 30, 1949
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy January 11, 1950 - December 22,
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy January 16, 1956 - September 2,
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy n.d.
Correspondence to Nancy Murphy Incomplete Letters
Correspondence to Murphy Family 1974
Correspondence to Beets Family 1944, 1949, 1967
Series 2: Robert and Nancy Murphy Personal Papers
Murphy and Nancy Murphy Birth Certificate, High School Diploma,
Marriage License, Death Certificate
Murphy and Nancy Murphy Financial Records
Murphy and Nancy Murphy Miscellaneous
Murphy Military Service 1943 - 1945
City Council Election 1972
Short Stores and Poetry
Documents 1916 - 1968
M and M
Programs and Directories 1949 - 1972 [bulk 1949 - 1952]
Teaching Material, Drawing Material , Diploma (Nancy) and
Series 3: Marlow
Family History – Genealogical Research
on Marlows of Oklahoma
Photographs and Artifacts
Life of the
Marlows: A True Story of Frontier Life of Early Days As Related
Revised by William Rathmell
the Marlow Boys" - True West [Magazine], January - Feb 1962
[Photocopy Page of Bible] Births and Marriages, 1800's
Series 4: Artifacts
Postcards and Greeting Cards
Miscellaneous Envelopes, paper clips, pen tips, ephemera
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