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Archive of H.J.R. Murray


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Papers and correspondence of H.J.R. Murray, relating to chess and board games, consisting of:

  1. Transcripts of manuscripts and printed works, mainly copied from items owned by J.G. White
  2. Collections of problems and games
  3. Papers on chess by Murray
  4. Papers on chess by other writers
  5. Collections and notes by Murray
  6. Papers relating to draughts
  7. Papers relating to other board games
  8. Correspondence


  • Creation: 19th-20th century


12.32 Linear metres (112 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. H. J. Murray 1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. H. J. Murray 1-168

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13653


Archive of Harold James Ruthven Murray (1868-1955).

Biographical / Historical

Harold James Ruthven Murray (1868-1955) was a chess player and historian of chess and board games. He was the author of A history of chess (Oxford, 1913) and A history of board games (Oxford, 1952).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library with a collection of printed books and Oriental manuscripts in 1955.

Related Materials

See also Papers of H.J.R. Murray (MSS. Eng. c. 2817, d. 2370, e. 2719-2721), also at the Bodleian Library.

Catalogue of the archive of H.J.R. Murray
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom