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Gordon Murray papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2179

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the chronological files and other working papers of Gordon Murray. These materials date from 1811-1971 with the bulk of the records falling between 1966-1971. The chronological files are composed of correspondence, memos, and briefings all related to aspects of transportation from aeronautics, maritime, commerce transportation, railroad, and urban transportation. There are also files related to highway safety and regulation. There are working files that Murray had related to the work of the Department of Transportation and specifically the legislation that formed the Department of Transportation. There are also files related to the history of transportation in the United States and public laws associated with transportation.

Dates

  • 1811-1971
  • Majority of material found within 1966 - 1971

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical note

Gordon M. Murray (d. April 8, 1991) worked in various capacities with the Federal government for more than 35 years. Murray worked for the Works Progress Administration and later served as an economist for the Federal Housing Administration and Associate Chief Economist for the Public Housing Administration. In his capacity of Assistant Division Chief for Transportation in the Bureau of the Budget, Murray helped draft both the President's Transportation Message of 1962 and the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964. This is the act that created the Department of Transportation. Murray joined the Department of Transportation in 1967 and served as the special assistant to the Department of Transportation's first secretary, Alan Boyd, and later as assistant administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.

By 1972, Murray had retired. In retirement he spent twelve years as a consultant to the World Bank's Economic Development Institute.

Murray was born in New Jersey and a graduate of Cornell University. His wife, Gloria Ann Grainger Murray died in 1975.

Extent

2.75 Linear Feet (6 document boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains the working files of Gordon Murray during his time with the Department of Transportation. These materials date from 1811-1971 with the bulk of the records falling between 1966-1971. The files are composed of correspondence, memos, and briefings all related to aspects of transportation from aeronautics, maritime, commerce transportation, railroad, and urban transportation.

Arrangement

Original organization retained and is primarily chronological.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gordon Murray, 1983.

Creator

Title
Preliminary guide to the Gordon Murray papers, 1811-1971
Status
Folder Inventory
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America