Murray Correspondence

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters to Margaret Murray; letters to other members of the Murray family; letters to unidentified correspondents; letters to others; and signatures only.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margaret Murray was born in 1863, the youngest daughter of J C Murray, a businessman of Calcutta, and niece of the Reverend John Murray of Lambourn. She first entered University College London as a student in 1894, and in 1899 became a junior lecturer in Egyptology there. She was Assistant Professor of Egyptology at University College London from 1924 to 1935. She was a member of the Folk Lore Society from 1927 and President from 1953 to 1955. During her life she carried out many excavations in different parts of the world and published many books, mainly about Egypt. She died on 13 November 1963.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Given to University College London Library in 1933 by Margaret Murray.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed handlist and name index are also available. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds an illuminated address presented to Margaret Murray for her hundredth birthday, 1963 (Ref: MS ADD 67); miscellaneous items given to University College London by her (Ref: MS ADD 372); Egyptology lecture notes and syllabuses, 1911-1938 (Ref: MS ADD 387); papers of Margaret Murray among the records of the Institute of Archaeology (Ref: UCLCA/IA); two items of correspondence with D M S Watson, 1948 (Ref: MS ADD 112); a letter to Mr Wray, 1958 (Ref: MS MISC 5M).

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds letters from Margaret Murray to C G Seligman, c1912-1935 (Ref: Seligman Papers/4/2/2-4). The Folklore Society holds her correspondence and papers relating to folklore, c1909-1954.