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Orrin M. Murray papers

Call Number: RH MS 508


The Papers of Orrin M. Murray are those of a native Quindaro, Kansas historian and educator.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1986


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Orrin M. Murray

Orrin McKinley Murray was born June 9, 1900 in Quindaro, Kansas to Charles S. and Luretta L. (Robinson) Murray. After graduating from Sumner High School in 1918, Murray served in the Kansas National Guard. He then attended Western University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1927. Murray taught history at Franklin School in St. Charles, Missouri; then, from 1925 to 1932, he served as principal of the Kansas City, Kansas Phillips School. During the Depression, Murray held a variety of positions, several under the W.P.A.; he continued to farm until his retirement in 1961.

Murray was an active member of the Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte Co. community. He was a member of the Western University Memory Club, the Wyandotte Historical Society, and the Landmark Committee of Kansas City, Kansas. He also spoke and wrote frequently about African American history.

Murray married Thelma Dinsmore (daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Elbert Dinsmore Sr.) in November 1926. The couple had two sons, Orrin Jr. and Eugene.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

The Orrin M. Murray papers date from 1958 to 1985 and are arranged in a single series of papers, which include clippings, Murray's writings, and items about Kansas African American history. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic.

Physical Location

RH MS 508

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Orrin M. Murray, 1988

Related Materials

Murray, Orrin McKinley., The rise and fall of Western University. [n.p., 1960?, At RH C2666, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Guide to the Orrin M. Murray Collection
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collection Program Endowment Fund.
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Orrin M. Murray Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 508, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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