Biographical Note: Robert D. Murphy was born in 1895 and attended
Marquette University in the 1910s. He served as one of President Franklin Roosevelt's top
aides during World War II and later as ambassador to Belguium (1949-1952) and Japan
(1952-1953). Murphy worked for the State Department until 1960, at which time he became chair
of the board of the Corning Glass Company, a post he held until his retirement. He died in
Scope and Content: The collection consists of Robert D. Murphy's correspondence to his friend, Hugh H. Gaffney, 1916-1918; newspaper clippings relating to his career with the State Department in the 1950s; and a single photograph, 1917.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged by record type, then chronologically.