Fonds MS-2-535 - Florence Jessie Murray fonds

Fundraising postcard showing a patient at a leprosy clinic transporting supplies by bicycle Fundraising postcard showing housing that leprosy patients had previous resided in Correspondence between Florence Murray and W.W. Irwin Correspondence related to the International Christian Leper Relief Fund International Christian Leprosy Mission Global Missions newsletter, Spring 1973, Volume 32, Number 1 Tulsa Based Foundation Develops Alternative To Welfare for Korean Lepers : [article and correspon... Correspondence in Korean sent to Florence Murray The Management of Leprosy / R. M. Wilson, M.D. : [offprint] Florence Murray's notes on the history and treatment of leprosy Florence Murray's notes on drafting a program to control and treat leprosy The Mission to Lepers Supplementary Report for the year 1963 / Florence J. Murray Florence Murray's notes related to biopsies and blood examination of leprosy patients The Mission to Lepers leprosy treatment statistics The Mission to Lepers report to the Medical Missionary Fellowship Correspondence between Florence Murray and Rev. C. M. Lloyd The mission to lepers report to the Medical Missionary Fellowship / Florence Jessie Murray Korean Echoes : published by the Korean Mission Korean Echoes : published by the Korean Mission Korean Echoes : published by the Korean Mission Truro missionary tells of life in Korea under Japanese occupation / by Louise H. McCully Journal of Florence Murray's first and second trips to Cheju, Korea Florence Murray's daily calendar planner at the Taegu Mission leprosy clinic Journal of Florence Murray's third and fourth trips to Cheju, Korea Journal of Florence Murray's trip to Ulleungdo, Korea

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Florence Jessie Murray fonds

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MS-2-535

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  • [1884?] - 1975 (Creation)
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    Murray, Florence Jessie

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40 cm of textual records
164 photographs : 161 b&w and 3 col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
526 negatives : 6 x 18 cm or smaller
63 postcards : 52 b&w and 11 colour ; 8.5 x 13.5 cm or smaller

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(1894 - 1975)

Biographical history

Florence Jessie Murray was a medical missionary and writer. She was born at Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia, in 1894, the daughter of the Reverend Robert Murray and Isabel Murray. She graduated from Dalhousie University's School of Medicine in 1919, and in 1921 she began mission service for the Presbyterian Church in Korea. Murray assisted in building a hospital at Ham Heung, where she served as superintendent for the next twenty years. In 1942 she was among those missionaries placed under house arrest by the Japanese. In 1947 she went to Severance Hospital in Seoul. Considered one of Korea's leading experts in the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy, she was twice honoured by the Korean government. In 1956 she was made an honourary Doctor of Laws by Dalhousie and an honourary Doctor of Divinity by Pine Hill, the first woman to receive this latter title. Murray wrote two memoirs: At the Foot of Dragon Hill and Return to Korea. She retired from mission service with the United Church in 1967 and died on 14 April 1975.

Custodial history

Fonds donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in two accessions. Heather Murray donated the first batch of material on 25 March 1985 (Accession 1985-020). Robert Anderson donated additional material on 22 March 1999 (Accession 1999-018).

Scope and content

Fonds consists primarily of Florence Jessie Murray's personal records regarding her career as a medical missionary in Korea, including correspondence, manuscripts, pamphlets and photographs. Fonds also includes a small volume of records that originated with her brother, Alexander Murray, and father, Robert Murray, including correspondence between Alexander Murray, Florence Jessie Murray and E.J.O. Fraser; Reverend Robert Murray's correspondence; and records regarding his involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.

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Some of the documents are in poor conservation condition. Careful handling is required.

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Arrangement imposed by the Dalhousie University Archives. Fonds is arranged into three series.

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  • Multiple Languages

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Associated materials

See the Catherine Creighton and Family fonds (MS-2-656) for additional photographs of Florence Murray in Korea. See the Alexander Sutherland Murray fonds (MS-2-671, SF Box 99, Folder 2) for photographs of his Pine Hill classmates.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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Fonds was originally accessioned under the title Reverend Robert Murray and Family fonds. Fonds was renamed Florence Jessie Murray fonds to recognize that Florence is primarily responsible for creating and accumulating the material in this fonds.

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  • English

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