Murray W. Bundy Papers, 1910-1971

Overview of the Collection

Bundy, Murray W.
Murray W. Bundy Papers
1910-1971 (inclusive)
1 container., (1 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 589
Drafts of essays on literature, especially writings of John Milton and William Shakespeare, along with teaching materials and correspondence. Includes a copy of Charles Clark's diary relative to Edwin Booth's performance of Hamlet in 1870.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Murray Wright Bundy was born July 29, 1891 to Lena M. Mallery Bundy and Charles H. Bundy in Binghamton, New York. He received his university education at Cornell, completing his undergraduate work in English and History in 1912. That same year he won the Guildford Prize for an essay entitled "The Sophists." In 1914, one year after obtaining his M.A., Bundy received the Cornell Fellowship in English. Following his acceptance of a position at the University of Illinois in 1919, Bundy, his wife, Mary Rappleye Bundy and their young daughter, Lena, moved to Urbana, so that Bundy could begin his new position while finishing his degree. In 1920, at the age of twenty-nine, Murray Wright Bundy earned his Ph.D. from Cornell. He wrote his dissertation on the Theories of Imagination in Classical and Mediaeval Thought.

Bundy taught at three institutions of higher education during his career beginning with the post in the English department at Cornell (1914-1919. He was an instructor and then an Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana (1919-1928. In 1928, he was recommended for the Headship of the Department of English at Washington State College, a position he accepted and held until 1956 when he was retired as Professor Emeritus. Throughout his career, Bundy built a reputation as a scholar and writer. He was well known in his field of literary criticism as an expert on Shakespeare and Milton and as a specialist in the area of epic poetry. Bundy was also a highly regarded instructor and mentor, liked by his students for his thorough and interesting treatment of English Literature. Following his retirement, he continued his involvement with professional groups and fraternities and remained active in the Community Congregational Church. The WSU Department of English has named the Bundy Reading Room in Avery Hall in his honor. Bundy died at Moscow, Idaho, in Feb. 1989.

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Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 589, Murray W. Bundy Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The Murray W. Bundy Papers contain three series, Correspondence, Essays-Drafts & Manuscripts, and Lecture Notes. Letters dating from 1919 to 1961 comprise the Correspondence series. They are arranged alphabetically within the file by correspondent. Each correspondent's letters are then arranged chronologically. The bulk of the correspondence is concentrated in the periods 1919-1928 (Lane Cooper's letters regarding editing and publication concerns and 1950 (Emma Clarke's letters concerning her father's notes on the 1870 performances of Edwin Booth in Hamlet).

The second series, Drafts, Essays & Manuscripts, contains an assortment of Bundy's early college papers including one thesis and many later working papers and notes. The files are arranged alphabetically by title/subject as they follow the sequence of the series (drafts-essays-manuscripts). Much of Bundy's research on Milton and Shakespeare is evidenced in this series, including his search for epic patterns in Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Items of interest include Bundy's hand-drawn schematic diagrams of Milton's narratives, photostats of Charles Clarke's 1870 diary of Edwin Booth's production and performances of Hamlet, and one of Bundy's published papers on Milton: "Eve's Dream and The Temptation in Paradise Lost." The Ephemera file at the end of the series contains copies of published works on Milton written by Bundy and another scholar, Merritt Hughs.

The third series contains a sampling of Bundy's lecture notes. They are arranged alphabetically by title or subject and include his six hundred and thirty-four page English Literature notes and school term lecture schedule, both from 1924-25.

Custodial History

The items in this collection were discovered among inactive files of the English Department at Washington State University in 1987.

Acquisition Information

The items in this collection were donated to the Libraries in 1987 (MS87-29).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Correspondence, , 1919-1961Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 1

Series 2: Drafts, Essays, and Manuscripts DraftsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 2
The Allegory in The Tempest
1 / 3
Commentaries on the Gospel According to John,
1 / 4
Early Drafts-Various Documents
1 / 5
Milton and Epic Patterns, w/diagrams; Religion of Scholars
1 / 6
Milton and Epic Patterns,
1 / 7
Milton's Dilema: Epic or Drama
1 / 8
Milton's Pattern of a Christian Hero; Longinus on the Passions
1 / 9
Essay: c1946 Essays on Jonson, Milton; "The Past," and Sophistry
1 / 10
Essay: A Record of Edwin Booth's Hamlet w/photostats of Charles Clarke's 1870 Diary notes. (See correspondence with Emma Clarke, in folder #1, for explanations)
1 / 11
Literary Critiques on Coleridge, Milton, and Shakespeare.
1 / 12
Miscellaneous Papers
1 / 13
John Drinkwater and The Cats, w/notes and drafts,
1 / 14
Student Paper/ re: Canturbury Tales
1 / 15
The Significance of Milton's Literary Projects,
1 / 16
The Shattered Jar; Back to the Scholars (re: Dead Sea Scrolls)
1 / 17
Notes, Biographical Data on Byron; The Sexagenarian, by Wm. Beloe
1 / 18
Notes: English 121; Paradise Regained and Christian Warfare.
1 / 19
Notes: Philip in the Fourth Gospel
1 / 20
Notes: The Tempest
1 / 21
Paper: Jaques and the Ages of Man
1 / 22
Research: Bishop Percy's Folio Manuscript; Harold Fritt's Bibliography; Transcriptions from a Greek Anthology
1 / 23
Reviews and Literary Critiques
1 / 24
Review: Shakespeare, Medicine and Psychiatry, by Irving I. Edgar,
1 / 25
Review and Notes on Shakespeare and Milton
1 / 26
Thesis: The History of the Words "Fancy" and "Imagination" from 1640-1712,
1 / 27
Speech on Thanksgiving and the History of the Living Word
1 / 28
Ephemera: Published works on Milton by Bundy and Merritt Hughs (See correspondence: Merritt Hughs 1968-1971)

Series 3: Lecture NotesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 29
Anthony and Cleopatra
1 / 30
1 / 31
1 / 32
English 41 (second term)
1 / 33
English Lit. pp. 1-300
1 / 34
English Lit. pp. 301-634
1 / 35
Julius Caesar, Eng. 44
1 / 36
1 / 37
Notes on Hamlet by J.Q. Adams
1 / 38
1 / 40
The Two Plots of King Lear
1 / 41
Yultide greeting on parchment,

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism

Personal Names

  • Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893. --Archives (creator)