Along with the emphasis on legislation, the Murray papers also provide insight into his personal life through a small collection of personal papers, a series on the Congressional Staff Club, photographs reflecting his personal interests and travels, and his participation in the national and Wisconsin republican parties.
Scope and Content
The papers of Hyde Murray provide a compliment to the papers of W. R. Poage, Fowler West, and John Hogan also deposited in the BCPM. Murray served as Republican counsel on the Committee on Agriculture for twenty years while Poage was Vice-Chair and Chairman. West served on the Committee staff for ten years with Murray before being appointed a commissioner on the CFTC. Hogan also served as Republican counsel on the Agriculture Committee from 1979-1995.
Murray's papers provide much more detail into major legislation than
these other collections from 1958 to 1978, the year both Murray and
Poage left the Committee. Research can be conducted using bill number,
bill name, or topic. The strength
of the entire collection is found in the wide range of materials related
to agriculture legislation in the three largest series: Legislation
by Bill, Legislation by Subject, and Topics.
The Legislation by
Bill series consists of files on agricultural legislation passed
during 30 years between 1954 and 1984. Each bill carries a general description and supplementary information
such as reports, statements, surveys, statistics, analysis, or publications. Legislation include the Sugar Act, Soil Bank
Act, Animal Quarantine laws, Food Stamp Act, Cotton, Dairy, and Farm
Bills. This segment constitutes
one of the largest portions of the Murray collection and provides a
wealth of legislative history and information.
Legislation by Subject overlays with Legislation by Bill, but
includes more information and spans a broader period of time, 1948-1984. The series provides agricultural legislation
supplemented by discussions, hearings, articles, reports, statements,
publications, proposals, statistics, and correspondence. The subjects
include various agricultural acts involving Mexican Farm Labor, fair
practice, trade development, animal welfare acts, beef research and
information, commodities, cotton, dairy, feed, meat inspection, food
stamps, rural development, sugar, and wheat.
The Topics series
is a compilation of Murray's research from 1949 to 1980 organized by
subject. Murray researched Legislative
issues and prepared reports and speeches. His sources include House Resolutions, media releases, newsletters,
articles, statements, reports, publications, correspondence, and congressional
records. The 352 research topics
include Agricultural Committee, Agricultural Policy, Animal Welfare,
Barter, Beef, Brucellosis, China, Common Market, Cotton, Dairy, Exports,
Farm Bill, Livestock, Rural Electrification Administration, Sugar, Tobacco,
Wheat, and the World Food problem.
These three major series
are further supplemented by over 1,100 speeches and numerous publications.
Throughout his career, Murray regularly wrote speeches for public figures. This series represents some of Murray's speeches written between
1958 and 1978. There are approximately 1,136 speeches. This series contains speeches for Bob Dole, Ezra Benson, Earl Butz,
Orville Freeman, Gerald Ford, Clifford Hardin, Charles Hoeven, Richard
Nixon, True Morse, Clarence Palmby, W.R. Poage, William Wampler and
encompass all forms of publications (except for press releases) collected
by Murray between 1949 and 1984. These
books, acts, reports, and manuals were mostly published by the USDA,
U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. Press releases relate to agriculture between 1959 and 1980 with
the majority dating from 1973 and 1974. A number of publications from
the late 1970s were sampled and discarded.
The Personal series chronicles Murray's private events and activities. These files include awards, correspondence,
invitations, interviews, doodles, travel materials, and visitor correspondence. The Travel section preserves pictures, postcards, notes, brochures,
correspondence, itineraries, speeches, and expenses from Murray's trips
to Africa, Europe, Rome, Venezuela, and around the United States.
Staff Club series covers Murray's participation in the Congressional
Secretaries/Staff Club between 1950 and 1980. The materials incorporate newspaper articles, publications, correspondence,
photographs, bulletins, programs, and brochures. The Congressional Club materials are divided
into subseries: business notebooks, club administration, correspondence,
events, fundraising, sports, travel, and personal.
The Photographs document events from 1958 to 1982 including sports, committees, doodles,
cartoons, group photos, meetings, special occasions, and travel. The travel pictures cover Murray's trips to
Mali, Rome, and Venezuela in 1973 and 1974. All of the photographs are stored in a separate notebook and
are available online.
The Politics series
contains material collected by Murray between 1947 and 1979 about the
Republican Party, categorized by subject, arranged alphabetically. This section contains documents from and about
the Republican National Convention from 1968 and 1972 including platforms,
committees, directories, the Miami convention, and the 1970 election.
Two smaller series complete
the Murray Papers: Agencies,
Committees and Departments and the Hoover Institute. The government files encompass news releases,
publications, correspondence, reports, bills, news articles, and statements
from 1958 to 1981. This section
spans Murray's time serving as Minority Counsel to the House Agriculture
Committee and a brief portion of his time as Minority Counsel of the
House and Counsel to the Minority Leader.
The Hoover Institute series constitutes several boxes covering Murray's involvement with
the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. These files are predominately correspondence, itineraries, speeches,
articles, and publications. The
Hoover Institute papers are subdivided into five subseries: Correspondence,
1975-1979, Publications, Ralph Nader's Congress Project, China, and Folders. Correspondence, 1975 to 1979, is arranged chronologically,
and covers a variety of topics including wheat, agricultural conferences,
associations, institutes, and bureaus. Geographically, the Hoover Institute
papers blanket the globe from Russia, Paris, and Belgium to China, Canada,
and the United States.
As a group, the Hyde
Murray Papers provide a glimpse into the internal workings of the House
Committee on Agriculture from the perspective of a hard-working legal
counsel during a twenty-year period. The content is further enhanced by the papers of Congressman
Poage, Fowler West, and John Hogan whose Committee on Agriculture papers
are also archived here.