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Stephen O. Murray papers

Identifier: MSS 795

Scope and Contents

The Stephen O. Murray papers consist of approximately 36 linear feet of material dating from 1950 to 2019. The collection consists of personal and professional material, including correspondence, scrapbooks, published and unpublished manuscripts, drafts of published reviews and articles, research materials, materials by other authors, personal photographs, and ephemera.

Correspondence files may include drafts, notes, clippings, research materials, and photographs. Files with unpublished writings and manuscripts may include several drafts, notes, research materials, correspondence, and comments from editors and reviewers. Files with writings by other authors may include working manuscripts with annotations by Stephen O. Murray, and personal notes from the author. Subject files may contain photocopies of articles, annotations, notes, drafts papers, and clippings.

Recordings of interviews and born-digital material will be available in our reading room.


  • Creation: 1950 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

Physical material for this collection is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Born digital materials are only available in the MSU Libraries Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research except for selected portions such as medical records, personal correspondence, journals, scrapbooks, and personal photographs which are restricted until 2052 at the request of the donor.

Researchers are limited to accessing one folder at a time for security.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1950, Stephen O. Murray graduated from the James Madison College at the Michigan State University in 1972, with a double major in Social Psychology and Justice, Morality, and Constitutional Democracy. He will go on to earn a M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona (1975), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1980). He also completed a post-doctoral training in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Murray's research interests ran wide and included linguistics, sociology, anthropology, and comparative studies in a variety of topics, such as sexual and gender diversity.

Dr. Murray was a founding member of the Sociologists' Gay Caucus (now Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus) at the American Sociological Association in 1974. He was also involved in the formation of the Anthropological Research Group on Homosexuality of the American Anthropological Association (renamed Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists; and later Association for Queer Anthropology).

Dr. Murray died on August 27, 2019 from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. To honor his memory, his spouse, Dr. Keelung Hong, donated his personal papers to MSU Libraries in 2020.


36 Linear Feet

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The collection is arranged in 12 series:

1. Biographical Materials

2. Correspondence

3. Financial and Legal Records

4. Journals

5. Scrapbooks

6. Writings and Publications

7. Interviews

8. Reference and Research Materials

9. Professional Organizations

10. Ephemera and Artifacts

11. Photographs

12. Media

The collection is arranged in chronological and alphabetical order, with a few exceptions kept in the order they were found to help contextualize materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Keelung Hong in 2020.

Related Materials

Dr. Murray's extensive personal library was donated separately from his personal papers. Materials inscribed and annotated will be available by request through the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, the remaining will be available through the Main Library collection.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from the collection:

A Life for Language: A Biographical Memoir of Leonard Bloomfield by Robert A. Hall, Jr (photocopy). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Bay Area Reporter vol. 14, no. 48 (November 29, 1984) and vol. 14 no. 50 (December 13, 1984). Transferred to our holding of Bay Area Reporter.

Biographical memoirs: volume 44 by National Academy of Sciences (incomplete photocopy). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Hell Upon Earth: or The town in an uproar (photocopy). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Homosexualities by Stephen O. Murray (incomplete photocopy). A physical copy will be available through our catalog.

James Madison College graduate directory (1982).

Male Homosexuality in Central and South America Book by Stephen O. Murray (incomplete photocopy. A copy can be found in our catalog.

ONE IGLA bulletin Spring 1995, issue 1. A copy can be found in our catalog.

Peccatum Mutum alias Sodomy. Collection "Le Ballet de muses” 1958 (incomplete photocopy). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Practicing Anthropology vol. 9, no. 3 (1987). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Refurbishing our Foundations: Elementary linguistics from an advanced point of view by C.F. Hockett (photocopy). A copy can be found in our catalog.

San Francisco Frontiers Newsmagazine volume 13, issue 6 (July 21, 1994). A copy can be found in our catalog.

The introduction of Sexualities: Critical Concepts in Sociology by Ken Plummer (photocopy). A copy can be found in our catalog.

Processing Information

Eli Landaverde processed this collection in 2022.

Stephen O. Murray papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA