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Hermann Dudley Murphy papers, circa 1878-1982

Hermann Dudley Murphy papers, circa 1878-1982

Murphy, Hermann Dudley, 1867-1945


Collection Information

Size: 2.8 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Hermann Dudley Murphy (1867-1945) was a painter and frame maker active in Boston, Massachusetts.


The collection was donated in 1985 by Alexander B. and Dudley D. B. Samoiloff, grandsons of Hermann Dudley Murphy.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Photocopied letters: Originals in the possession of the donor, Alexander Samoiloff.

Scope and Contents

The papers of painter and frame maker Hermann Dudley Murphy measure 2.8 linear feet and date from circa 1878-1982. Found are biographical materials, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed materials, a scrapbook, photographs, and original artworks, including sketchbooks.

The bulk of the papers focus on the later part of Herman Dudley Murphy's career. Specifically, correspondence focuses on the sale of still-life paintings and sketches and sketchbooks are mostly from Murphy's travels through Europe and Mexico from the 1920s to the 1930s. Correspondents include: Mary Ogden Abbott, Edwin S. Barrie, Maurice Prendergast, Chauncey Ryder,Theodore Sizer, Edmund Tarbell, Alexander Trowbridge, and Vose Gallery among others. Personal business records comment on the sale of works of art from 1897 until 1944. Printed materials include clippings and exhibition catalogs spanning Murphy's career. One scrapbook contains photos and printed materials. Photographs and snapshots are of Hermann Dudley Murphey and family, family travels, and works of art and frames. Artwork consists of loose sketches, prints, and sketchbooks.

Microfilm reels 4038-4039 available at all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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