Genevieve Frances Allen Murray Papers, 1926-1983

Overview of the Collection

Murray, Genevieve Frances Allen, 1894-1983
Genevieve Frances Allen Murray Papers
1926-1983 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 135 (collection)
Genevieve Murray was a University of Montana graduate student who wrote a master's thesis on the bitterroot plant in 1929. She continued to write feature stories for magazines after graduation.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Genevieve Murray was born in Milan, Illinois, on October 5, 1894. She was educated in Illinois and North Dakota before attending college at the University of Montana from 1926-1929. While a student at the university, Murray was an active member of the debate team and Mortar Board. Murray graduated from the university with a master's degree in 1929. Her master's thesis was entitled The Bitter Root in Science and in History. Other publications include Murray's 1929 manuscript The True Story of Marias Pass.

In 1930, Murray and her husband, Frank, moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where she taught elementary and high school for 13 years. Murray was active in Theta Sigma Phi and the Girl Scouts. She continued to write feature stories for magazines and in 1975 Murray was awarded the Sullivan Medallion of the University of Kentucky.

She died in Lexington on December 17, 1983.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains original copies of and research pertaining to Murray's master's thesis The Bitter Root in Science and in History and The True Story of Marias Pass. Included in correspondence are letters exchanged between University of Montana History Department Chair Paul C. Phillips and Great Northern Railway president Ralph Budd. Photographs, maps of Montana Territory and research on early northwest history can also be found in this collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Genevieve Frances Allen Murray Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is divided into four series:

Series I: Personal Information, 1 folder, 1894-1983

Series II: General Correspondence, 1 folder, 1929-1982

Series III: Writings, 5 folders, 1928-1930

Series IV: Printed Material, 4 folders, 1914-1982

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estate of Genevieve Murray, date unknown.

Processing Note

The actions of the original processors are largely unknown. In 1998, the collection was re-described.

Separated Materials

During original processing, the following items were separated from the original collection:

Framed color photograph of Main Hall, University of Montana. Signed and copyrighted by R.M. McKay, Missoula.

Color photograph labeled "Bitter Root: Montana State Flower." Photo by R.M. McKay, Missoula, Montana.

Three undated black and white photographs of Duncan McDonald.

A collection of various other historical photographs, most are unlabeled and undated.

A collection of negatives for the photographs listed above.

A trophy inscribed "Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award" to "Mrs. Genevieve Allen Murray - University of Kentucky," dates 1975.

During the 1998 reprocessing, a map of Montana Territory and a map outlining Indian Territory in the 1800's were removed from this collection. These items are now stored in the Map Division of the Mansfield Library.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Personal Information , 1894-1983Return to Top

1 folder

This series contains biographical information, newspaper clippings and some personal memorabilia of Murray.

Container(s) Description Dates

Series II:  General Correspondence , 1929-1982Return to Top

1 folder

This series primarily consists of correspondence between UM History Chair Paul C. Phillips and Great Northern Railway president Ralph Budd. Included in these letters is a debate concerning the discovery of Marias Pass at the southern boundary of Glacier National Park.

This series is arranged chronologically.
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Series III:  Writings , 1928-1930Return to Top

5 folders

This series includes notes, rough drafts, and photocopies of Murray's master's thesis The Bitter Root in Science and in History. Notes and a rough draft of The True Story of Marias Pass are also included. This manuscript contains some original maps of Oregon and the Glacier area that appear to have been drawn by Murray.

Container(s) Description Dates

Series IV:  Printed Material , 1914-1982Return to Top

4 folders

This series is a collection of printed materials. Included in the collection are a 1915 Springfield, Mo., yearbook, 1926 University of Montana yearbook, a list of 1925 and 1926 UM graduates and two booklets concerning University of Kentucky workshops.

Container(s) Description Dates

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Bitterroot
  • Women graduate students--Montana--Missoula

Personal Names

  • Budd, Ralph, 1879- --Correspondence
  • Phillips, Paul C. (Paul Chrisler), 1883-1956--Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Students

Geographical Names

  • Marias Pass (Mont.)
  • Montana--History
  • Montana--Maps
  • Northwest, Pacific--History