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MC 899; Vt-284

Murphy, Evelyn F. Papers of Evelyn F. Murphy, 1940-2015: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 899; Vt-284
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Murphy, Evelyn F.
Title: Papers of Evelyn F. Murphy, 1940-2015
Date(s): 1940-2015
Quantity: 16.8 linear feet (23 + 1/2 boxes, 3 folio boxes, 3 folio + boxes) plus 20 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 41 videotapes, 3 objects)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: The papers of Evelyn F. Murphy include correspondence, writings, speeches, testimonies, subject files including press releases and clippings, political campaign material, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2015-M151
The papers of Evelyn F. Murphy were donated to the Schlesinger Library by Evelyn F. Murphy in June 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2017
By: Amber L. Moore, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Evelyn F. Murphy holds the copyright in her papers during her lifetime. Upon her death, copyright for Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It will pass to Sherri DuFlocq, Murphy's niece. Copyright in all other papers will be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Evelyn F. Murphy Papers, 1940-2015; item description, dates. MC 899, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SEPARATION RECORD

Donors: Evelyn F. Murphy
Accession number: 2015-M151
Processed by: Amber L. Moore
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:

BIOGRAPHY

Massachusetts government official Evelyn F. Murphy was born in 1940 in Panama, where her father was serving in the United States Army. She graduated from Duke University (BA, 1961, PhD in 1965) and Columbia University (MA). Murphy served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs (1975-1979) and Secretary of Economic Affairs (1983-1985) before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 1987, the first woman in the history of the Commonwealth to hold an office created by the constitution. Following Governor Michael Dukakis's decision not to run for reelection as governor in 1990, Murphy entered the race only to withdraw later in hopes that the candidate, Francis X. Bellotti, would prevail.
Murphy then joined the corporate world, working in the law, banking, and health insurance sectors. She is a director at the Women Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a corporate director of Citizens Engergy Corporation, and a director at SBLI USA Life Insurance Company, and Shenandoah Life Insurance Company. The author of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It (2005), Murphy founded the WAGE Project (Women Are Getting Even) to battle wage discrimination against working women.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in six series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection contains papers relating to Evelyn F. Murphy's professional life as Secretary for Environmental Affairs (1975-1979), Secretary of Economic Affairs (1983-1986), and Lieutenant Governor (1987-1991) including correspondence received from supporters, writings by Murphy including a draft of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It as well as personal notes detailing her views about being a women in political office; speeches and testimonies delivered during her political career; subject files including press releases and clippings collected and organized by Murphy; political campaign material consisting of brochures, bumper stickers, pamphlets, and proposals; photographs and memorabilia used to promote her political campaigns; and videotapes of campaign advertisements, interviews, and events.
Series I, CORRESPONDENCE AND WRITINGS, 1940-1994, 2015 (#1.1-5.7), contains letters sent from supporters to Murphy about leaving her position as the Secretary of Environmental Affairs (1979), losing the primary nomination for Lieutenant Governor to John Kerry (1982), winning the race for Lieutenant Governor (1986), and withdrawing from the election for governor (1990). Also included are condolence letters received after the death of Murphy's sister in 1987 and mother in 1989. The correspondence is arranged in chronological order.
Writings include the draft of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It, which discusses the gender wage gap that affects women on a daily basis. Of particular note are personal notes written by Murphy about her views about Michael Dukakis's primary loss in 1978, race of Lieutenant Governor, and women in political offices. Also included are introductory comments to potential users of these Evelyn F. Murphy papers, discussing the social impacts of being the first woman elected to a constitutional office in Massachusetts (#5.4). Writings are arranged in alphabetical order by format.
Series II, SPEECHES AND TESTIMONIES, 1975-1990 (#5.8-9.11), contains drafts, photocopies, and edited versions of speeches and testimonies given by Murphy during her tenure as Secretary of Environmental Affairs (1975-1979), Secretary of Economic Affairs (1983-1986), and Lieutenant Governor (1987-1991). This series is arranged in chronological order.
Series III, SUBJECT FILES, 1957-2004 (#9.12-21.10, 25FB.1-27FB.4, 28F+B.1-30F+B.4), contains documents related to Murphy's tenure as Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Secretary of Economic Affairs, and Lieutenant Governor including announcements, bills, reports, press releases, and schedules. Recognitions and programs for honorary degrees received by Murphy are also included. The bulk of the series consists of clippings collected and organized by Murphy which cover statewide press regarding Murphy, Governor Michael Dukakis, and political events in Massachusetts. Scrapbooks with clippings are individual pages of scrapbooks kept by Murphy including clippings, photographs, and programs. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Series IV, POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990 (#21.11-24.6m, Mem.1-Mem.3), contains brochures, bumper stickers, flyers, pamphlets, press releases, speeches, and other material related to Evelyn F. Murphy's campaigns for Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Massachusetts. Of particular interest is the comprehensive planning proposal for Murphy's first run for Lieutenant Governor which includes the proposed budget and calendar for the campaign. Also included are Murphy's reflections after losing the primary in 1982, and the press release explaining her decision not to run for the United States Senate in 1984. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series VI, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1945-1991 (PD.1-PD.20), contains photographs documenting Murphy's tenure as Secretary for Environmental Affairs, and her campaigns for Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Massachusetts. Also included are early childhood and family images of Murphy. This series is arranged in chronological order.
Series VII, VIDEOTAPES, 1979-1990 (Vt-284.1-Vt-284.34), contains recordings of Evelyn Murphy's campaign advertisements, debates, interviews, lectures, news coverage, and speeches during her political campaigns for Lieutenant Governor and Governor. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Elections--Massachusetts
Sex discrimination in employment--United States
Women--Political activity--Massachusetts
Women officials and employees--Massachusetts
Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
Speeches
Videotapes
Massachusetts. Office of Lieutenant Governor

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