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Guide to the William S. Murphy Papers 1923-1965

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Descriptive Summary


Murphy, William S. Papers




5.5 linear feet (8 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


William S. Murphy was a military historian who studied Irish participation in European armies, particularly their role in French and Spanish campaigns in colonial America. This collection contains his articles, drafts, and research material.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Murphy, William S. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

William S. Murphy was an independent scholar of military history. He was interested in Irish participation in European armies, publishing on Irish brigades who fought for France and Spain during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). He was an associate of the Irish historian Emmet Larkin. He pursued a career in international finance in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s while continuing to research and write on military history.

Scope Note

Murphy grouped his research notes and primary sources according to the intended article they supported. Articles are followed by notes, bibliographies, biographies, and photostats and photocopies of material from archives in America, Mexico, and Europe. In some cases correspondence with archivists or other researchers is included. Files related to specific articles are followed by general research materials, organized by topic. The final box contains oversized materials. The collection spans 1923-1965. It contains detailed notes on the genealogy and biography of military personnel of Irish heritage.

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Box 1   Folder 1

"Austro-Hungarian and German article," New York Public Library photostats and biographies, undated

Box 1   Folder 2

"Austrian and pictorial," notes, undated

Box 1   Folder 3

"Irishmen who served in Austria," undated

Box 1   Folder 4

"Four American Officers of the War of 1812," Irish Sword, undated

Box 1   Folder 5

Napoleonic Wars and Civil Wars, notes, photostats, and copies, undated

Box 1   Folder 6

"The Irish-American Aspect of Hispanic and Hispanic-American Military History," draft, circa 1965

Box 1   Folder 7

East Florida Papers, Library of Congress, photostats and copies, 1956

Box 1   Folder 8

General Archives of Simancas and Madrid, photostats and copies, 1953

Box 1   Folder 9

General National Archive of Mexico, photostats and copies,1955

Box 1   Folder 10

"The Irish Brigade of France at the Siege of Savannah, 1779," Georgia Historical Quarterly, 1954

Box 2   Folder 1

"The Irish Brigade of France at the Siege of Savannah, 1779," Irish Sword, undated

Box 2   Folder 2

American Irish Historical Society, notes, 1950s

Box 2   Folder 3

"From Steven's facsimiles," notes, undated

Box 2   Folder 4

"The Irish Brigade of Spain at the Capture of Pensacola, 1781," Florida Historical Quarterly, 1960

Box 2   Folder 5

Correspondence, 1958

Box 2   Folder 6

General Archive of the Indies and Tulane University Archives, notes, photostats, and copies, 1957

Box 2   Folder 7

General Archive of Simancas, notes, photostats, and copies, circa 1957

Box 2   Folder 8

"Pensacola casualties," undated

Box 2   Folder 9

"Principally re: Pensacola," notes, undated

Box 2   Folder 10

State Archives of Florida and unidentified archives, notes, photostats and copies, undated

Box 2   Folder 11

Worcester, Donald E., "Miranda's Diary at the Siege of Pensacola, 1781," 1951

Box 2   Folder 12

"Siege of Yorktown article," photostats, copies, correspondence, and notes, undated

Box 2   Folder 13

Eckenrode, H.J., "The Story of the Campaign and Siege of Yorktown," 1931

Box 2   Folder 14

Hatch, Charles E., Jr., and Thomas M. Pitkin, "Yorktown: Climax of the Revolution," 1941

Box 3   Folder 1-2

"Highspots of Yorktown campaign notes with special reference to Gloucester," undated

Box 3   Folder 3-4

"Principally Yorktown," notes, undated

Box 3   Folder 5

"Spanish officers article," notes, undated

Box 3   Folder 6

"Principal Spanish data, including 'Guia Oficial de Espana'," undated

Box 3   Folder 7

"Spanish notebook #2," undated

Box 3   Folder 8

The Educational Irish-English Pronouncing Dictionary, undated

Box 4   Folder 1- 2

"Entirely Swedish and German (no Austrian) plus Scottish," notes, undated

Box 4   Folder 3

"Factual highspots," and "pictorial continuity," notes, undated

Box 4   Folder 4

"French biographical data plus limited basic data," undated

Box 4   Folder 5-6

"Chiefly états militaires and French biographical data," undated

Box 4   Folder 7-8

"Chiefly French data," undated

Box 5   Folder 1

Georgia Historical Quarterly, 1943

Box 5   Folder 2

Historique du 88e régiment d'infanterie, 1899

Box 5   Folder 3-4

Irish in French and Spanish campaigns, undated

Box 5   Folder 5

Irish soldiers, biographies, undated

Box 5   Folder 6

Locke, George H., "The Queen's Rangers," 1923

Box 5   Folder 7

National Park Service Historic Handbook, "Antietam," 1960

Box 5   Folder 8

National Park Service Historic Handbook, "Chalmette," 1958

Box 5   Folder 9

National Park Service Historic Handbook, "Chickamauga and Chattanooga," 1956

Box 5   Folder 10

National Park Service Historic Handbook, "Gettysburg," 1954

Box 5   Folder 11

National Park Service Historic Handbook, "Manassas (Bull Run)," 1953

Box 6   Folder 1

National Park Service Historic Handbook, "Shiloh," 1955

Box 6   Folder 2-3

"Resumé of all military notes," undated

Box 7

Austrian-Irish biographical index cards

Box 7

French-Irish biographical index cards

Box 7

Spanish-Irish biographical index cards

Box 8   Folder 1

Austro-Hungarian family trees, undated

Box 8   Folder 2

"The Irish Brigade of France in the Siege of Savannah, 1779," unidentified photostats, undated

Box 8   Folder 3

Morison, Samuel Eliot, "The Battle That Set Us Free," 1956

Box 8   Folder 4

Siege of Yorktown article, University of Michigan Library photostats, undated