Fonds MS-2-693 - R. Graham Murray fonds

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R. Graham Murray fonds

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  • 1831 - 1988 (Creation)

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16.5 cm of textual records
15 volumes ; 40 x 22 cm and smaller
7 technical drawings : prints ; 90 x 51 cm and smaller

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(1916 - 1995)

Biographical history

Robert Graham Murray, QC, was a professor at Dalhousie Law school from 1950-1982, and professor emeritus until the time of his death. Born 1916 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Judge Robert Harper Murray and Frances (Creighton) Murray, he was educated at Halifax County Academy. He earned his BA and LLB from Dalhousie University, winning the prestigious Carswell Prize and a scholarship for postgraduate study at Harvard, where he was granted an LLM in 1941. He served in the legal branch of the RCAF during World War Two before joining his father's former law firm, Murray and McKinnon. In 1950 he began his teaching career and was appointed Viscount Professor of Law in 1951. His teaching focus was in the laws of evidence and community planning. Murray was active in his professional and extended community, serving as president of the Community Planning Association of Canada, member of the Board of Commissioners of Victoria General Hospital, vice chairman of the Provincial Health Services and Insurance Commission and member of the Law Reform Commission of Canada. He was married to Helen Muirhead , with whom he had five children. Murray died on 20 September 1995.

Custodial history

Records were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by Mrs. Helen Murray, wife of R. Graham Murray, in accession (70-95) in 1995.

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Fonds includes records related to the Community Planning Association of Canada, Dalhousie Law School, Royal Canadian Air Force, personal correspondence, copies of deeds, legal agreements and wills, and printed materials.

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  • English

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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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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], R. Graham Murray fonds, MS-2-693, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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