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Papers of Arthur Murray

Identifier: SC MS 0147

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is composed of bound volumes and ledgers containing information on rifle construction during World War I. Also included are textbooks, notebooks, and ephemera related to professional and personal interest.


  • Creation: 1901 - 1920
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1916 - 1918


Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Frederic Murray attended Lehigh University as a member of the Class of 1905. He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and was a member of several groups and societies during his time at Lehigh, including Tau Beta Pi, the Lehigh Young Men’s Christian Association, and the Mechanical Engineering Society. Following graduation, Murray worked for the Westinghouse Corporation and then later became the Works Manager for the Electrolux Company in Old Greenwich Connecticut.


2 boxes ; 1 linear foot

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This collection contains the papers and belongings of Arthur F. Murray, Lehigh University class of 1905. It provides information on Murray’s work on engineering rifles during World War I, as well as his professional interests and time at Lehigh. The collection is composed of 20 items including textbooks, newspaper clippings, notebooks, ledgers, periodicals, and ephemera.


The materials are organized into four series based on content and format: Laboratory Notes, Rifle Time Studies, Ephemera, and Textbooks and Periodicals. Following are notes on the condition of items. Several item covers had fallen off or were in very poor condition, and have been removed and replaced with a scanned copy. In addition, two of the newspaper articles were too small and in too poor of condition to be kept, and as a result were removed and replaced with scanned copies.

Related Materials

Arthur Murray. The Commercial Status of the Steam Turbine. Thesis submitted to Mechanical Engineering Dept. Lehigh University, 1905. Call Number: THESIS 1905 M981c

Separated Materials

The textbooks have been cataloged and shelved separately. One textbook, “Text-Book of Mechanics” by Louis A. Martin Jr., has been deaccessioned due to extremely poor condition --Special Collections already owns a copy of the same book.

Edwards, Gregory
April 16, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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