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Collection Number: 05209

Collection Title: Richard J. Murphy Papers, 1933-2002

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Size 23.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 12000 items)
Abstract Richard J. Murphy, Assistant Postmaster General, Democratic National Committee leader, and corporate executive, was born in 1929 in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1951. In 1952, he was elected national president of the National Student Association. Murphy was Assistant Postmaster General of the United States, 1961-1969, encouraging the hiring and promotion of minorities and testifying in defense of desegregation at a 1963 reverse discrimination investigation in Dallas, Tex. Upon retirement, he became assistant to the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Lawrence F. O'Brien. He attended every Democratic National Convention from 1952 to 2000, supervising security committees at seven conventions. He was general director of the 1972 convention. In 1970, Murphy co-edited a book about labor relations with public employees. During his career, he also was vice president of Time Warner Cable and director of government affairs for Unisys Corporation. Murphy died in 2006. The collection contains materials relating to Murphy's work with the United States Post Office Department, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party, Unisys Corporation, and the National Student Association, among other activities. Correspondence, speeches, press releases, and other items relate to Murphy's tenure as Assistant Postmaster General of the United States, including material relating to Murphy's participation in a 1963 reverse discrimination hearing. Democratic Party materials reflect Murphy's role as assistant to the chair of the Democratic National Committee and his work as supervisor of the security committees. There are audiocassette tapes containing information regarding security at the 1988 convention; convention and campaign materials; and buttons, posters, and memorabilia. National Student Association materials include correspondence about the Central Intelligence Agency's influence over the organization. Unisys Corporation materials consist primarily of issues of Murphy Memo and Public Sector . An original draft of a 1960 speech that Murphy co-authored in which presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first mentioned his intention to form the Peace Corps, materials related to Allard K. Lowenstein's death, and other items are also included.
Creator Murphy, Richard J. (Richard James), 1929-
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Richard J. Murphy Papers #5209, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Richard J. Murphy of Bethesda, Md., in May 2005 (Acc. 10069).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Richard J. Murphy was born in 1929 in Baltimore, Md. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1951. While at UNC, Murphy was a member of the Golden Fleece and president of the North Carolina State Student Legislature. In 1952, he was elected national president of the National Student Association.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Murphy to the position of Assistant Postmaster General of the United States, a position he held until 1969. During his tenure, he encouraged the hiring and promotion of minorities. In 1963, he testified in defense of desegregation at a reverse discrimination investigation in Dallas, Tex. Upon retirement, Murphy became assistant to the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Lawrence F. O'Brien. In 1972, his office at the Watergate complex was broken into in what is regarded as the first Watergate break-in. Murphy attended every political Democratic National Convention from 1952 to 2000 and supervised the security at seven conventions. He also served as general director of the 1972 convention and was a member of six site-selection committees.

In 1970, Murphy co-edited The Crisis in Public Employee Relations , about labor relations with public employees. During his career, he was also vice president of Time Warner Cable and director of government affairs for Unisys Corporation.

Murphy died in 2006 at the age of 76 in Bethesda, Md.

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The papers of Richard J. Murphy contain materials relating to his work with the United States Post Office Department, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party, Unisys Corporation, and the National Student Association, among other activities. Correspondence, speeches, press releases, and other items relate to Murphy's tenure as Assistant Postmaster General of the United States, including material relating to Murphy's participation in a 1963 reverse discrimination hearing. Democratic Party materials reflect Murphy's role as assistant to the chair of the Democratic National Committee and his work as supervisor of the security committees. There are audiocassette tapes containing information regarding security at the 1988 convention; convention and campaign materials; and buttons, posters, and memorabilia. National Student Association materials include correspondence about the Central Intelligence Agency's influence over the organization. Unisys Corporation materials consist primarily of issues of Murphy Memo and Public Sector. An original draft of a 1960 speech that Murphy co-authored in which presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first mentioned his intention to form the Peace Corps, materials related to Allard K. Lowenstein's death, and other items are also included.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated.

About 2000 items.

Materials relating to Murphy's tenure as Assistant Postmaster General of the United States, 1961-1969. Items include transcripts of speeches, notes, drafts, correspondence, flyers, press releases, article clippings, United States Senate statements, written responses to policies, information regarding executive orders, memos, plans for periods of civil disorder, and drafts of executive orders. Also included is information relating to Murphy's participation in a reverse discrimination hearing in 1963.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Box 1

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 1

Press releases, speeches, correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 1
Brock Memorial Foundation materials #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 1
Box 2

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 2

Press releases, speeches, correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 2
Jewish Postal Employees Welfare League materials #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 2
Box 3

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 3

Press releases, speeches, correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 3
Coordination Plan for Postal Service During Periods of Civil Disorder #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 3
Executive orders #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 3
Box 4

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 4

Press releases, speeches, correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 4
Employee relations materials #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 4
Executive orders #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 4
President's review committee staff papers #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 4
Box 5

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 5

Press releases, speeches, correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 5
Civil rights information #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 5
Dallas reverse discrimination hearing #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 5
Box 6

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 6

Speeches, correspondence, memoranda #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 6
Conference summaries #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 6
Official statements #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 6
Box 7

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 7

Press releases, speeches, correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 7
Publications #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 7
Clippings #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 7
Box 8

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 8

Management reports, 1961 #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 8
Publications #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 8
Clippings #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 8
Box 9

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 9

Management reports, 1961-1963 #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 9
Box 10

#05209, Series: "1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated." Box 10

Goals & Programs: Quarterly Report to the Postmaster General #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 10
Political information #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 10
Correspondence #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 10
Publications #05209, Series 1. Assistant Postmaster General/Post Office Department Materials, 1958-1978 (bulk 1961-1969), and undated., Box 10
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About 8500 items.

Materials relating to Murphy's positions as assistant to the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Lawrence F. O'Brien, as general director of the 1972 Democratic National Convention, and as supervisor of security commitees at seven Democratic National Conventions, and other items relating to the Democratic Party. Materials include speeches, memos, polls, canvassing materials, correspondence, agendas, security information, meeting arrangement information, newspaper clippings, cabinet lists, campaign manuals, platform materials, reports, schedules, convention center maps and plans, reports, calendars, committee reports, news briefs, publications, and a series of audiocassette tapes containing information regarding security at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. The series also contains Murphy's collection of campaign buttons, posters, bumper stickers, and convention tickets, passes, pins and medals.

Box 11-17

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Box 17

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 11-17

Democratic National Committee materials #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 11-17
Box 18

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 18

Democratic National Committee materials #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 18
Democratic National Convention program books for 1940, 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1964 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 18
Box 19

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 19

Democratic National Convention materials, 1968 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 19
Democratic campaign manual, 1970 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 19
Box 20-21

Box 20

Box 21

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 20-21

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1972 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 20-21
Box 22

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 22

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1972 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 22
Report on Safety at the 1972 Political Convention in Miami Beach #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 22
Box 23

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 23

Report on Safety at the 1972 Political Convention in Miami Beach #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 23
Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1976 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 23
Box 24

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 24

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1976 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 24
Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1980 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 24
Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1984 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 24
Box 25-30

Box 25

Box 26

Box 27

Box 28

Box 29

Box 30

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 25-30

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1984 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 25-30
Box 31-32

Box 31

Box 32

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 31-32

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1988 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 31-32
Box 33

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 33

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1988 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 33
Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1992 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 33
Box 34

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 34

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1992 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 34
Box 35

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 35

Democratic campaign and convention materials, 1992 #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 35
Convention center maps and plans #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 35
Box 36

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 36

Convention center maps and plans #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 36
Publications #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 36
Box 37-38

Box 37

Box 38

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 37-38

Publications #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 37-38
Box 39

#05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." Box 39

Democratic National Convention materials #05209, Series 2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated., Box 39
Museum Item MU-5209/Box 1

Campaign buttons, bumper stickers, and convention tickets, passes, pins, and medals #05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." MU-5209/Box 1

Audiocassette C-5209/1-12

C-5209/1

C-5209/2

C-5209/3

C-5209/4

C-5209/5

C-5209/6

C-5209/7

C-5209/8

C-5209/9

C-5209/10

C-5209/11

C-5209/12

1988 Democratic National Convention security information #05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." C-5209/1-12

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOP-5209/1

Campaign posters and convention center plans #05209, Series: "2. Democratic Party, 1936-2002 and undated." XOP-5209/1

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About 500 items.

Correspondence regarding Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) influence over the National Student Association (NSA), publications associated with the NSA or the University of North Carolina, notebooks, handbooks, drafts of speeches, minutes of meetings, reports, and articles.

Box 40-42

Box 40

Box 41

Box 42

National Student Association and related materials #05209, Series: "3. National Student Association and Related Materials, 1949-2002 and undated." Box 40-42

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About 100 items.

Issues of Public Sector and Murphy Memo (newsletters regarding politics and business) and a notebook about the Unisys Corporation.

Box 42-43

Box 42

Box 43

Unisys Corporation materials #05209, Series: "4. Unisys Corporation, 1991-1996 and undated." Box 42-43

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated.

About 800 items.
Box 43-46

Box 43

Box 44

Box 45

Box 46

Other papers #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." Box 43-46

Correspondence, invitations to inaugural events, resumes, biographies, schedules, articles, materials relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, materials relating to Allard K. Lowenstein's death, materials relating to the National Governor's Association, interview and oral history transcripts, and a signed 1919 letter from General John L. Pershing to Brigadier General Meriwether L. Walker.

Audiodisc D-5209/1

"Star Spangled Freedom Plan 1957: US Savings Bond and Freedom Shares"": Address by Postmaster General Lawrence F. O'Brien, 33-1/3 rpm #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." D-5209/1

Audiodisc D-5209/2-3

D-5209/2

D-5209/3

"Democrats for All America," H. Jackson Brown, 33-1/3 rpm #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." D-5209/2-3

Audiodisc D-5209/4

"Los Renes: Musica del Recuerdo," Montes-LaFuente, 33-1/3 rpm #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." D-5209/4

Image Folder P-5209/1

Photographs: Three Richard J. Murphy photographs, one at graduation; slides from McGovern/Shriver Democratic National Convention; photograph of unidentified students #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." P-5209/1

Film F-5209/1-3

F-5209/1

F-5209/2

F-5209/3

Reel-to-reel films: "A Day int he Life of Dick Murphy"; two unidentified films #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." F-5209/1-3

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5209/1

"Message of Senator John F. Kennedy to the Nation's New Voters" #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." OP-5209/1

Original draft version of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech, "Message of Senator John F. Kennedy to the Nation's New Voters," edited by Archibald Cox with Murphy as one of the authors. This speech is believed to be the first mention of Kennedy's intention to establish the Peace Corps.

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5209/2

One issue of Harper's Weekly #05209, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1933-1999 and undated." OP-5209/2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Margaret Dickson, September 2006

Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, September 2006

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