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Guide to the Charles A. Murdock papers, 1871-1921
BANC MSS C-H 113  
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    Collection Title: Charles A. Murdock Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1871-1921
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 113
    Creator: Murdock, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1841-1928.
    Extent: Number of container: 1 box
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence relating mainly to Murdock's activities as editor of the Pacific Unitarian and as a printer. Drafts of talks on various subjects for the Chit-Chat Club, San Francisco, also included.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles A. Murdock papers, BANC MSS C-H 113, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Charles Albert Murdock, born in Massachusetts in 1841, came to California in 1855. He was appointed register of the land office, Humboldt, California, in 1863. In 1867 he entered the printing business, printed the Lark, edited the Pacific Unitarian from 1891, and retired from business only in 1915. He was a member of the California House of Representatives in 1883, served on the Board of Education in San Francisco, 1894-1896, was civil service commissioner, 1902-1903, and a member of the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco, 1907-1916. He was an active Unitarian. He wrote his autobiography when he was 80 years old, A backward glance at 80, and also Horatio Stebbins -His ministry and personality.

    Scope and Content

    His papers, given by his daughter, Miss Margaret Murdock, on February 29, 1960, consist of correspondence, arranged alphabetically, and of drafts of talks given before the Chit-Chat Club in San Francisco, these arranged alphabetically by title.