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Jim Murphy papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2244

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains the original book proposal, publication papers, manuscripts, drafts, photographs, jacket art and other papers relating to Jim Murphy's book, The Great Fire. It also includes two copies of the finished book, hardback and paperback. Murphy's notes to himself can be found throughout the collection on small pieces of paper and in the margins of his manuscripts. Materials date from circa 1992 to 1995.


  • approximately 1992-1995


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jim Murphy papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jim Murphy (b. 1947) is an American young-adult author.

Jim Murphy was born in Kearney, New Jersey in 1947. He attended Rutgers University and completed graduate work at Radcliffe College before beginning work at Seabury Press in juvenile publishing. He later became a freelance writer, publishing his first work in 1978. Much of his work is nonfiction, historical books for young adults.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Papers related to the creation of a book as well as two copies of the finished book, written by Jim Murphy, circa 1992-1995.

Custodial History note

Donated by Jim Murphy in 2000.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Jim Murphy; 2000.

Appraisal note

Literary Manuscripts. This collection concerns the writing of a nationally recognized children's and young adult author.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; May 29, 2007.

Register of Jim Murphy papers
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Broomhead, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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