Florence Jessie Murray fonds

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Florence Jessie Murray fonds

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  • [1884?] - 1975 (Creation)

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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

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in two accessions: by Heather Murray in accession (20-85) on 25 March 1985, and by Robert Anderson in accession (18-99) on 22 March 1999.

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. There is also 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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  • English
  • Korean
  • Portuguese

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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 Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Materials were originally accessioned under the title Reverend Robert Murray and Family.

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Description comes from the Dalhousie University Archives Catalog. The complete, original description is available there.

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