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Casey Murrow Collection of Edward R. Murrow Materials
Scope and Contents
The Casey Murrow Collection of Edward R. Murrow Materials contain photographs, correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, speeches, scripts, and legal documents dating from 1890 to 2003. The collection documents broadcast and television journalist Edward R. Murrow’s personal and professional life, as well as the lives of his wife, Janet (Brewster) Murrow, and his son, Casey Murrow.
Photographs of the Murrow family make up a significant portion of the collection, and include photos of Edward, Janet, and Casey individually and together and photographs of the extended Murrow and Brewster families. The personal papers in the collection also document the Murrow family home in Pawling, NY and of the settlement of the Murrow estate. The professional papers primarily document the work of Edward R. Murrow in London during World War II, at CBS from 1935 to 1960, and as Director of the U.S. Information Agency from 1961 to 1963. Records that date from after his death in 1965 relate to the Murrow estate, tributes and memorial events, and biographies about Murrow.
Many files in the collection include notes supplied by Casey Murrow that provide context about the subjects and individuals represented in the records, including date information.
- circa 1890 -- 2003
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection is arranged in three series: photographs and memorabilia, personal papers, and professional papers.
Series one has been arranged by format. Series two has been physically maintained in received order. Intellectually, similar materials have been grouped together, particularly where groups of photographs share a subject or location. Series three has been left in its received order, with the exception of intellectually grouping photographs of Edward R. Murrow and photographs from Murrow’s time working for the U.S. Information Agency.
9.9 Linear Feet (7 record cartons, 1 oversize box)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) was a prominent CBS broadcaster during the formative years of American radio and television news programs. Stationed in London for CBS Radio from 1937 to 1946, Murrow assembled a group of erudite correspondents who came to be known as the "Murrow Boys" and included one woman, Mary Marvin Breckinridge. Murrow’s and their broadcasts from London, Europe, Africa, and Asia before and during World War II set the standard for US foreign news broadcasting. They also helped shape the public’s view of a war that Americans were at first reluctant to be drawn into.
Returning to the US in 1946, Murrow became one of the most renowned radio and television news broadcasters of his time. Particularly famous were his programs Hear It Now, This I Believe, Person to Person, See It Now, and Years of Crisis. Of particular note are his 1954 broadcast about Senator Joseph McCarthy’s persecution of presumed Communists and his 1960 Harvest of Shame documentary depicting the plight of migrant farm workers in the US. From 1961 to January 1964 he served as the Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA). Murrow died of cancer on April 27, 1965.
Biographical / Historical
In 1946, the Murrows left England for Massachusetts, where Casey Murrow attended Milton Academy, graduating in 1964. He received B.A. degrees in history and psychology from Yale University in 1968, and later earned an M.A. in education from Antioch College. In 1968, Murrow married Liza Ketchum, and they are the parents of two sons.
As of 2018, Murrow is Director of Synergy Learning, a nonprofit organization specializing in science and math programs for schools and teachers, and heads the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, one of Vermont’s six education service agencies.
Other Finding Aids
Processing of series one was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders. Received order was maintained. A box-level inventory and series-level description were created, and the finding aid was also created at the time of processing.
Series two and three were processed by Records and Accessioning Archivist, Jane Kelly, in 2020. Materials were rehoused in archival boxes. Loose materials and materials originally stored in oversize mailing envelopes were placed in archival folders, and descriptive titles were devised. Original folders that lacked meaningful descriptive information were replaced and folder titles were created for those files. The majority of folder titles were provided by the creator(s) and have been preserved. Received order has been maintained.