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Castle Hadlock Murphy papers

Identifier: MSS 1476

Scope and Contents

Collection includes holographs, typescripts, bound volumes, printed materials (some photocopies), and microfilm. Includes correspondence, a journal (1909-1910), an oral history interview (1973), and personal writings with associated research materials relating to Murphy's activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly events in Hawaii where Murphy served as a missionary and president of the Hawaiian Mission and temple.


  • 1905-1982


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Castle Hadlock Murphy was born October 1, 1886, in Ogden, Utah, to Emanuel Mark Murphy and Eliza Miranda Hadlock. After high school, Castle completed masonry training in 1906. He had met his wife, Verna Ann Fowler, his junior year of high school, and they were married shortly before serving a mission together for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Hawaiian Islands. The couple served for four years in Hawaii, from 1909 to 1913. The family settled in Ogden, Utah, and Castle worked in various occupations, including masonry, clerk of the District Court, and campaign manager for Mayor George E. Browning. In 1928, he became the bishop of the Ogden Second Ward, and in 1929, ran for mayor himself. In 1930, Castle and Verna were called to serve as the President and Matron of the Hawaiian Temple and the Hawaiian Mission for six years. After a two year break, the couple was again called to serve as President and Matron of the Hawaiian temple in 1938, serving until 1941. In 1944, Castle and Verna were called a fourth time to Hawaii to lead the mission and the temple. They were released in 1947. Castle and Verna had five children. Verna passed away in 1959, and Castle passed away on December 20, 1985.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series: 1. Castle Hadlock Murphy correspondence, 1909-1982. 2. Castle Hadlock Murphy personal papers, 1909-1973. 3. Castle Hadlock Murphy writings, approximately 1905-1982. 4. Castle Hadlock Murphy research and reference files, approximately 1905-1982. 5. Castle Hadlock Murphy addendum, 1931-1982.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Photocopies of letters between Castle H. Murphy and Dell Van Orden regarding the creation of the first LDS Stake of Zion in Hawaii were acquired in 1979. The rest of the collection was donated to the Harold B. Lee Library in 1980 by Castle Hadlock Murphy and in 1982 by Marvel Murphy Young.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1979. Donated; Castle Hadlock Murphy; 1980. Donated; Marvel Murphy Young; 1982.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

See also Castle Hadlock Murphy photographs of the Hawaiian Mission (MSS P 150), Castle Hadlock Murphy papers (MSS 1812), and Castle Hadlock Murphy correspondence (MSS 663).

Separated Materials

Photographs in the Castle H. Murphy Papers were transferred to the Photo Archives. They include the following: Hawaiian Saints at Laie celebrating birthday of King Kamehameha; Charles F. Middleton; Castle H. Murphy; Harry and Hazel; Hawaiian Mission Missionaries, April 1910; Lewis W. Shirtliff (photocopy); and Heber J. Grant and other Mormon dignitaries in Hawaii (photocopy).

The original newspaper clippings were discarded after being photocopied on acid free paper.

Processing Information

Processed; Hyrum L. Andrus; January 1982.

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; February 2009.

Register of Castle Hadlock Murphy papers
Kayla Quinney
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States