JAMES E. MURDOCH PAPERS

(Mss. 667)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2010

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
CROSS REFERENCES .................................................................................................................. 5
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 6
APPENDIX A ................................................................................................................................. 7
APPENDIX B ................................................................................................................................. 8

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SUMMARY

Size.

35 items

Geographic locations.

Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, England

Inclusive dates.

1837-1903, undated

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English

Summary.

A collection of letters from well-known actors and authors to James E. Murdoch, his daughter Fannie, Reverend John Pierpont, and others. Also includes playbills from productions starring Murdoch.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically by correspondent.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

N/A

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

James E. Murdoch Papers, Mss. 667, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

A:2; OS:M

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

James Edward Murdoch (1811-1893), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomas and Elizabeth Murdoch, was originally trained as a bookbinder. He made his first appearance as an actor in 1829, and worked as an actor, stage-manager, and lecturer in both the U.S. and England. During the Civil War, Murdoch volunteered as a nurse in Union hospitals in addition to giving dramatic readings to soldiers. He was married to Eliza Middlecott and the two had at least one daughter, Fannie Murdoch. He was also known as a teacher of elocution.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection consists of letters written to James E. Murdoch, his daughter Fannie Murdoch, and Reverend John Pierpont from various actors, authors, politicians, abolitionists, clergymen, and others. Letters discuss performances, writings, family news, and abolition. Authors of letters include Salmon P. Chase, Henry W. Longfellow, Edward Everett Hale, and Charles Darwin. See Appendices for detailed lists.

The collection also contains two playbills for performances by James E. Murdoch and an illustration of Charles Darwin.

CROSS REFERENCES

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Authors.

1837-1903

Letters from Lydia M. Child, Horace Mann, Josiah Quincy, Edward Everett Hale, Charles R. Darwin, Jared Sparks, Horace H. Furness, Joseph Jefferson, Francis Wilson, and others

Actors--United States.

1848-1889

Letters from actors including Joseph Jefferson; and 2 playbills, 1848, 1855, advertising James E. Murdoch

Abolitionists--New England.

1837-1844

Letters to John Pierpont, 1837-1844; one from Lydia M. Child, and from Josiah Quincy

Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.

1851

Letter from Darwin to Sir J. Richardson, December 30, 1851, includes illustration of Darwin

Murdoch, Fannie.

1880-1903

Letters to Fannie Murdoch, daughter of James E. Murdoch

Murdoch, James Edward, 1811-1893.

1843-1889

Letters to James E. Murdoch, actor, lecturer, teacher of elocution

Pierpont, John, 1785-1866.

1837-1851

Letters to Reverend John Pierpont, Unitarian clergyman, author and abolitionist

Playbills.

1848, 1855

2 playbills, Arch Street Theatre, 1848; City Museum [Theatre], 1855

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

A:2

1

1a

James E. Murdoch Correspondence (1843-1889, undated)

1b

Other correspondence (1837-1876)

2

Fannie Murdoch Correspondence (1880-1903)

OS:M

3

Playbills (1848, 1855)

APPENDIX A

Correspondents include:

Barrett, Lawrence (1838-1891), American actor

Boker, George Henry (1823-1890), poet, playwright

Bridge, W.F.

Chase, Salmon Portland (1808-1873), American statesman

Child, Lydia Maria Francis (1802-1880), editor, abolitionist, novelist

Daly, Augustin, manager of Daly's Theatre, New York

Darwin, Charles Robert (1809-1882), English naturalist

Drew, Louisa (1820-1897), actress and wife of actor John Drew

Fields, James Thomas (1816-1881), editor, publisher, poet

Furness, Horace Howard (1833-1912), American Shakespearean scholar and legal writer

Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909), Unitarian clergyman, author

James, J.A., bookdealer, Cincinnati, Ohio

Jefferson, Joseph (1829-1905), actor, author

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882), poet, editor, educator

Ludlow, Noah Miller (1795-1886), actor, author

Macready, William Charles (1793-1873), English tragedian

Mann, Horace (1796-1859), educator, author

Murdoch, Fannie, daughter of James Murdoch and Eliza Middlecott Murdoch

Murdoch, James E. (1811-1893), actor, lecturer, teacher of elocution

Nicolay, John George (1832-1901), German-born private secretary to Abraham Lincoln; collaborator with John Hay in Lincoln biography (1890)

Pierpont, John (1785-1866), Unitarian clergyman, author, abolitionist

Quincy, Josiah (1772-1864), reformer, educator, author

Read, Thomas Buchanan (1822-1872), American poet famous for “Sheridan's Ride”

Richardson, Sir J.

Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888), Federal general

Sparks, Jared (1789-1866), educator, historian

Walker, Judge

Wilson, Francis (1854-1935), author

APPENDIX B

Letter Index:

To:

From:

Date:

James E. Murdoch

James Thomas Fields

1843

James E. Murdoch

James Thomas Fields

1847

James E. Murdoch

Thomas Buchanan Read

1856

James E. Murdoch

Thomas Buchanan Read

1863

James E. Murdoch

Thomas Buchanan Read

1863

James E. Murdoch

George Henry Boker

1864

James E. Murdoch

John George Nicolay

1864

James E. Murdoch

Salmon Portland Chase

1865

James E. Murdoch

Philip Henry Sheridan

1878

James E. Murdoch

Noah Miller Ludlow

1880

James E. Murdoch

Augustin Daly

1888

James E. Murdoch

Horace Howard Furness

1888

James E. Murdoch

Augustin Daly

1889

James E. Murdoch

Horace Howard Furness

1889

James E. Murdoch

Horace Howard Furness

1889

James E. Murdoch

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

undated

Reverend John Pierpont

Josiah Quincy

1837

Reverend John Pierpont

Horace Mann

1838

Reverend John Pierpont

Lydia Maria Francis Child

1842

Reverend John Pierpont

Lydia Maria Francis Child

1844

Reverend John Pierpont

Horace Mann

1851

J.A. James

Jared Sparks

1847

Judge Walker

William Charles Macready

1849

Sir John Richardson

Charles Darwin

1851

W.F. Bridge

Edward Everett Hale

1876

H. Hollinghead

Joseph Jefferson

1888

Fanny Murdoch

Laurence Barrett

1883

Fanny Murdoch

Louisa Drew

1880

Fanny Murdoch

Joseph Jefferson

1889

Fanny Murdoch

Francis Wilson

1891

Fanny Murdoch

Francis Wilson

1903