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William Tayloe Murphy

A Guide to the papers of William Tayloe Murphy, 1977-2000
Call Number Mss1 M9592 a


Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

 

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

 

Preferred Citation

Papers, William Tayloe Murphy, 1977-2000, (Mss1 M9592 a), Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va.

 

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Tayloe Murphy, Jr. of Warsaw, Va. in 2000. Accessioned September 24, 2008.

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Virginia Historical Society
Collection Number: Mss1 M9592 a FA2
Collection Name: William Tayloe Murphy Papers, 1977-2000.
Size: 21 linear feet.
Language: English
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, and other materials documenting Murphy’s tenure in the Virginia General Assembly.

 

Scope and Content Information

 

Papers, 1977-2000, of William Tayloe Murphy ([1933- ] of Westmoreland County, Va.), primarily concerns Murphy's tenure in the Virginia General Assembly as a Delegate for the 99th District. His papers consists of correspondence, reports, studies, and other supporting materials Murphy collected and used during these years. The collection also includes materials relating to Murphy's campaigns including campaign finance reports, campaign literature, and voter surveys. The collection also contains some personal papers and materials including correspondence, invitations, greeting cards, and photographs.

The bulk of the collection is made up of Murphy's legislative papers. Murphy's committee assignments in the Virginia General Assembly include Labor and Commerce, Courts of Justice, Corporations Insurance and Banking, and Chesapeake and it Tributaries. His legislative papers reflect his work on these committees, especially his work on legislation to protect the Chesapeake Bay, and materials related to legislation of which Murphy was Patron or Co-Patron. Also included in his legislative papers are materials from committees and boards on which he served that were directly related to his activities as a Delegate, such as the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

 

Biographical/Historical Information

 

William Tayloe Murphy (b. 1933), was born in Emmerton, Richmond County, Va., the son of W. Tayloe Murphy and Katherine Bradford Griffith. Murphy received his B.A. in 1953, from Hampden-Sydney College and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1960. Murphy also was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve from 1954-1957. He served aboard the U.S.S. Newport News, and also served on the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

Murphy practiced law with the firm of Hunton, Williams, Gay, Powell, and Gibson in Richmond, Va., from 1960-1964. He went into private practice in Warsaw, Va., in 1964 with the firm Smith, Murphy & Taliaferro. Murphy has also served on numerous boards and commissions.

Murphy was elected to the Virginia General Assembly as a Delegate and represented the 99th District from 1982 until his retirement in 2000. Murphy’s tenure was most notable for his work on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and his other efforts to conserve the Bay and Virginia’s resources. After his retirement from the General Assembly, Murphy was appointed Secretary of Natural Resources in 2000 and served until 2006.

 

Arrangement

 

The papers of William Tayloe Murphy, Jr. are divided into four series: general correspondence, legislative papers, campaign materials, and personal materials. His legislative papers make up the bulk of the collection.

Murphy used a subject filing system to organize his papers. Efforts have been made to preserve this order. The collection is organized primarily by subject, with like items being filed chronologically.

 

Index Terms

 

Banking law – Virginia – History – 20th century.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.) – Environmental conditions.
Environmental policy -- Virginia.
Murphy W. Tayloe (William Tayloe), 1933-
Political campaigns -- Virginia -- History -- 20th century.
Virginia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates -- Committee on the Chesapeake and its Tributaries.
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates -- Corporations, Insurance and Banking Committee.
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates -- Committee on Labor and Commerce.
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates -- Courts of Justice Committee.
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates -- Members -- History -- 20th century.
Virginia. General Assembly. Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission.
Virginia. Secretary of Natural Resources.

 

Guide

 

Series 1. Correspondence, 1983-1999.

This series contains the general correspondence of Delegate William Tayloe Murphy while he served in the General Assembly. The correspondence covers a wide range of subjects related to his work as a Delegate and includes letters from his constituents on their opinions and concerns.

Box 1

Folder 1 1983-1987                                                                                                                                 
  2 1988
  3 1989
  4 1990
  5 1991
  6 1992-1993
  7 1994
  8 1995-1996
  9-10 1997
  11-15 1998

Box 2

Folders 16-20 1999

Series 2. Legislative Papers, 1977-2000.

This series contains correspondence, reports, and supporting materials relating to Delegate William Tayloe Murphy’s work in the House of Delegates. These materials are arranged by subject and filed alphabetically. Many of the subject files relate to Murphy’s involvement in legislation and activities to preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Folder 21 Abortion (1989-1990)                                                                                                                                         
  22 Abortion – Parental Notification (1994; House Bill 1355)
  23 Ad Hoc Study of Legal Ethics, client Fraud, and Embezzlement (1992, 1995)
  24 Address to the Virginia the Virginia General Assembly (1994)
  25 Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (1989-1999)
  26 Appeals of Water Control and Air Pollution Control Boards Actions (1996; House Bill 1412)
  27 Appointments (1992-1998)
  28-30 Article V Proposal (1989-1996)

Box 3

Folder 31 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (1991-1995; House Bill 374)                                                           
  32 Attorney General Opinions (1991-1998)
  33 Banking (1998)
  34 Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster County, Va. (1992-1993)
  35-36 Blue Cross Blue Shield (1992)
  37 Boating and Watercraft Bills (1998)
  38 Caledon Natural Area (1998-1989)
  39-41 Capitol Square Preservation Council (1994-1999)
  42 Car Tax (1998)
  43 Central Virginia Farmers Market Feasibility Analysis and Economic Impact (1995; study)
  44 Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam, Westmoreland Co., Va. (1992-1993)
  45 Chesapeake Bay (1984-1995)
  46-50 Chesapeake Bay Commission (1980-1999)

Box 4

Folders 51-65 Chesapeake Bay Commission (1980-1999)                                                                                                                      
  66-68 Chesapeake Bay Foundation (1990-1998)

Box 5

Folder   69 Chesapeake Bay Land Use Roundtable (1987, report)                                                                                                           
  70 Chesapeake Bay Legislative Advisory Commission (1980, report Maryland and Virginia)
  71 Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department (1989-1998)
  72 Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System in Virginia (1992)
  73-81 Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (1986-1993)
  82 Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Extension (1996)
  83 Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee (1995-1996)

Box 6

Folders   84-88 Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategies (1994-1999; materials relating to Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia tributary strategies)                       
  89 Chesapeake Executive Council (1988)
  90 Clean Air Act (1992)
  91 Colonial Beach, Va. (1990-1999)
  92 Commission on Population Growth and Development (1993, report reviewing proposed growth legislation)
  93-94 Commission Studying Creative Solutions for Funding the Arts in the Commonwealth (1996)
  95 Commission on Population Growth and Development (1993, report)
  96 Committees on Commerce, Insurance, and Banking (1999)
  97 Confined Animal Feeding Operations (1999, House Bill 991)
  98 Commonwealth of Virginia Year 2000 Assessment (1997)
  99 Constituent Services (1994)
  100 Council on the Environment (1987-1992
  101 Council of State Government Environmental Task Force
  102 Cover Sheets; Circuit Court Clerk (1998-1999)
  103 Crab Trap Legislation (1995)
  104-05 Democratic Caucus (1991-1998)

Box 7

Folder 106 Democratic Party (1990-1996)
  107 Department of Conservation and Recreation (1993-1999)
  108 Department of Conservation and Historic Resources (1986-1987)
  109-10 Department of Environmental Quality (1992-1999)
  111 Department of Forestry (1991-1995)
  112 Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (1988-1998
  113 Department of Health (1986-1992)
  114 Department of Historic Resources (1994-1999)
  115 Department of Housing and Community Development (1995)
  116 Department of Mental Health (1995, 1999)
  117 Department of Motor Vehicles (1990-1994, 1999)
  118 Department of Planning and Budget (1994-1995)
  119 Department of Taxation (1994-1995)
  120-22 Department of Transportation (1993-1999, including correspondence and supporting materials on the Norris Bridge)
  123 Department of Waste Management (1987)
  124-25 Disney Company Incentive Package (1994)

Box 8

Folder 126 Eastern Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (1995)                                                                                        
  127-28 Education (1992-1999)
  129 Erosion and Sediment Control (1993)
  130 Essex County, Va. (1993-1998)
  131 Family Court Planning Advisory Committee (1993-1994)
  132 Federal Retiree Pension Case (1993)
  133 Fingerprints for School Boards (1999, House Bill 1451)
  134 Foundation for Historic Christ Church (1995-1996)
  135-146 Future Of Virginia’s Environment (1996-1999)

Box 9

Folders   147-150 General Assembly (1995, 2 folders; 1999, proposed budget for 2000-2002; 1988-1999, miscellaneous papers)                                
  151 Governor of Virginia (1995-1999)
  152-56 Governmental Actions Affecting Private Property Rights (1993-1996)
  157 Haynesville Correctional Center (1994)
  158 Head Start, Northern Neck (1992-1993)
  159 HIV/AIDS Subcommittee (1998, Joint House Resolution 269)
  160-65 Highway Beautification Bills (1997-1998)
  166 Holley Graded School, Northumberland County (1989-1990)
  167-69 House Appropriations Committee (1996, 1997, 1999)
  170 House Appropriations, House Finance, and Senate Finance Committees (1997)

Box 10

Folder 171 House Democratic Caucus (1995)                                                                                                             
  172-73 House of Delegates (1997 voting record; 1999 bills)
  174-181 Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (1994-2000)
  182 Joint Commission on Management of the Commonwealth’s Workforce (1994)
  183-87 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, folders 1-5 of 14 (1992-1999)

Box 11

Folders 188-196 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, folders 6-14 of 14 (1992-1999)                                                        
  197-201 King George County, Va. (1990-1999)
  202 Kinsale Bridge, Westmoreland County, Va. (1993-1994)
  203 Labor and Commerce Committee (1996)
  204 Lake Gaston-Virginia Beach Pipeline (1995)
  205 Lancaster County, Va. (1993-1999)
  206 Land Development Patters (1998, House Joint Resolution 195)
  207 Landscape Architecture Week (1998-1999, House Bill 1449)
  208 Law Digest (1994-1999)

Box 12

Folder 209 Legal Ethics, Client Fraud, and Embezzlement (1992-1993)                                                               
  210 Legislative Aides (1990-1997)
  211-12 Legislative Issues (1994, 1996)
  213 Library of Virginia (1996-1998 Senate Joint Resolution 300)
  214 Lobbyist (1996)
  215 Marine Resource Commission (1987-1997)
  216 Menhaden Industry (1994-1996)
  217 Montross, Va. (1991-1998)
  218 Moss Commission (1997-1998 House Joint Resolution 221)
  219 National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (1996)
  220 National Conference of State Legislators (1996)
  221-22 Newspaper Clippings
  224-26 Non-Tidal Wetlands (1989-1991)

Box 13

Folders 227-230 Northern Neck Economic Development Forum (1987-1989)                                                                              
  231-33 Northumberland County, Va. (1990-1996)
  234 Open Space Legislation (1999, House Bill 1550)
  235 Oyster Grounds Legislation (1998-1999, House Bill 2272)
  236 Page Applications (1991-1999)
  237 Personnel Records (1984-1992)
  238-242 Poultry Waste Management in Chesapeake Bay Watershed, folders 1-5 of 9 (1998, House Bill 1207)

Box 14

Folders 243-46 Poultry Waste Management in Chesapeake Bay Watershed, folders 6-9 of 9 (1998, House Bill 1207)                 
  247 Potomac River Fisheries Commission (1995-1996)
  248-49 Press Releases and Reports (1986-1999)
  250-52 Public Trust Doctrine (1990)
  253 Rappahannock Area Development Commission (1998)
  254 Rappahannock Regional Small Business Development Center (1993-1994)
  255-59 Rappahannock River Basin Study Commission (1996-1999)

Box 15

Folders 260-261 Rappahannock River National Wildlife Refuge (1991-1994)
  262 Rappahannock River Valley Association (1990-1991)
  263 Regional Jail, Northern Neck area (1992-1998)
  264 Report of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Legislative Compensation (1998)
  265 Report, Governor’s Study Commission on Virginia’s Royalty Assessment Program (1988)
  266 Report, Imposing Market Discipline on Public Colleges and Universities (1998, Produced by Virginia Institute for Public Policy)
  267 Report, Lower Dry River Water Quality Improvement Project (1995)
  268 Report, Patuxent River Basin Update (1986, Produced by Maryland Office of Environmental Programs)
  269 Report, The Potomac: Protecting the Nation’s River (1998, Produced by USDA)
  270 Republican Party (1977-1987, 1994)
  271 Request for Sales and Use Tax Exemptions (1995)
  272 Rice’s Hotel, Heathsville, Va. (1994)
  273-74 Richmond County, Va. (1990-1995)
  275 Riverboat Gambling (1993-1994, House Bill 1242)
  276 Salt Water Recreational Fishing License (1992-1995, House Bills 788 and 1009)
  277 Sandbridge Beach Erosion Control Project (1985-1986)
  278-79 Scenic Virginia (1998-1999)
  280 Senate Bill – Right to Practice Forestry (1996, Senate Bill 542)
  281 Service Credit for Annual Leave Accrual for State Employees (1998-1999, House Bill 1855)
  282 Small Business Development Centers (1991-1993)
  283 Smart Growth (1997)
  284 Social Services Issues (1992-1993)
  285 Soil and Water Conservation (1991-1999)
  286 Solid Waste Management Facility Siting (1999, House Bill 2433)
  287 Southeast Interstate Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Commission (1992-1993)

Box 16

Folders 288-290 Southern Growth Policy Board (1992-1994)
  291-92 Standing Study (1990-1991, House Joint Resolution 187)
  293 State Arboretum of Virginia (1999)
  294-95 Sustainable Development Legislation (1993-1996, House Joint Resolution 291-536)
  296 Takings Legislation (1996)
  297-98 Tidal Shoreline Erosion Policy (1986-1988)
  299 Tire Disposal Legislation (1999, House Bill 2070)
  300 Transfer of Historic Preservation Revolving Fund to Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (1998)
  301 Transferable Development Rights Study (1990)
  302 Transportation in Virginia, Report by Southern Environmental Law Center (1999)
  303 United Water Rate Increase (1997)
  304 Urinalysis Legislation (1998, House Bill 1453)
  305-07 Virginia Bar Association (1993-1999)

Box 17

Folder 308 Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program (1993-1996)                                                                                    
  309 Virginia Code Commission (1995)
  310 Virginia Council on Child Day Care (1992-1994)
  311 Virginia Electric Utility Restructuring Act (1999)
  312 Virginia Employment Commission (1995-1998)
  313 Virginia Environmental Policy Act (1999)
  314 Virginia Food Laws (1993)
  315 Virginia Free (1997)
  316-323 Virginia Geographic Information Network (1994-1999)
  324-25 Virginia Institute of Marine Science (1987-1999)
  326 Virginia Lottery (1998)

Box 18

Folders 327-29 Virginia marine Resource Commission (1988, House Bill 1028)                                                                    
  330 Virginia Military Institute –Admission Policy (1991)
  331 Virginia Outdoor Foundation (1996-1998)
  332 Virginia Pension Reform (1999)
  333 Virginia Port Authority – Dredging Project (1996-1997)
  334 Virginia Retirement System (1992-1993)
  335 Virginia Tourism (1997)
  336 Virginia State Water Control Board (1987-1993)
  337 Warsaw, Va. (1993)
  338-339 Washington-Baltimore Bypass (1990-1991)
  340 Waste Regulations (1997,1999 House Bill 2430)
  341 Waste Water Treatment System (1998)
  342-343 Water Quality Improvement Act Amendments (1997-1999)
  344-345 Westmoreland County, Va. (1990-1994)
  346 Westmoreland County Democratic Committee (1987-1996)
  347 Wetlands-Tullock Ditching (1999)
  348 Workers’ Compensation (1993-1998)
  349 York Watershed Council (2000)

Series 3. Campaign Materials, 1987-1999.

This series contains campaign materials relating to Murphy’s years in the Virginia House of Delegates. These materials include campaign finance reports, receipts, statements of economic interest, voter surveys, and other similar materials.

Box 19

Folders 350-356 Campaign Finance Reports (1993-1999)                                                                                           
  357 Campaign materials (n.d.)
  358 Campaign receipts (1997-1999)
  359 Candidate Questionnaire (1997)
  360 Correspondence (1993, 1995)
  361-362 Statement of Economic Interest (1987-1999)
  363-365 Survey of Voter Attitudes in Virginia’s Ninety-ninth Delegate District (1993, 1995)

Series 4. Personal Materials, 1982-2000.

This series contains the personal papers of Murphy which includes correspondence, invitations, photographs, and other materials. These materials are filed by subject.

Box 20

Folder 366 Accounts (1982-1999)                                                                                            
  367 Awards (1998-2000)
  368 Biography
  369-372 Correspondence (1989-1999)
  373 Flags (1994, 1997)
  374 Greeting Cards (1999)
  375 Housing and Club Information (1981-1983)
  376 Invitations (1992-1999)
  377 Miscellaneous
  378 Newspaper clippings
  379 Oliver North – Senate Race (1994)
  380 Photographs
  381 Programs and Speeches
  382 Resumes
  383 Tayloe Murphy International Business Studies Center (1991-1993)
  384 University of Virginia Fund Raising (1995)
  385-388 Videos (1995, 1997)

NOTE: Oversize materials are stored in Box 21.


Last updated: January 9, 2009