Eleanor M. Bumgardner papers: 1919-1967
Summary Information
Title: Eleanor M. Bumgardner papers
Creator: Bumgardner, Eleanor M. (Eleanor Margaret)
Dates: 1919-1967
Extent: 8 linear feet, 9 oversize volumes
Abstract:
Personal secretary to Frank Murphy. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and printed miscellanea concerning the life and career of Frank Murphy; also scrapbooks, and photographs.
Call number: 85842 Aa 2; AC
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Eleanor Bumgardner (donor no. 3418). Additional materials were received from Eugene Gressman (donor no. 1088).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Eleanor M. Bumgardner papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Eleanor M. "Lady" Bumgardner, a Detroit native, worked as private secretary for Frank Murphy from 1933 until his death in 1949. She was thus associated with Murphy while he held the position of governor-general and high commissioner of the Philippines, governor of Michigan, U.S. attorney general, and Supreme Court justice. After Murphy's death, Bumgardner remained with the Supreme Court as an executive secretary until her retirement in 1961. In 1966, she married Frank S. Wright.

During her residence in Washington, Bumgardner was active in social activities in the city. She has been the legal guardian of a number of wards from various countries. Bumgardner was an avid doll collector and a close friend of Jeanne Dixon.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Bumgardner papers consist of two major series. The first is made up of Frank Murphy papers, including correspondence prior to July 1949, speeches of Murphy, and clippings and biographical materials. The second series pertains primarily to Bumgardner's activities and includes correspondence after July 1949, a topical file of clippings maintained by Bumgardner, miscellaneous books, clippings, and scrapbooks. There are also several files of photographs, portraits and informal photos, of Frank Murphy and Eleanor Bumgardner.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1929-1933.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1929-1938.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Bumgardner, Eleanor M. (Eleanor Margaret)
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • United States. Supreme Court.
  • Bumgardner, Eleanor M. (Eleanor Margaret)
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1901-1910.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1911-1920.
  • Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971.
  • Bowers, Claude Gernade, 1879-1958.
  • Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973.
  • Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938.
  • Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
  • Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980.
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
  • Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943.
  • Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.
  • Ford, Henry, 1917-1987.
  • Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
  • Garner, John Nance, 1868-1967.
  • Gressman, Eugene, 1917-2010.
  • Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969.
  • Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974.
  • Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959.
  • Murphy, George, 1897-1961.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950.
  • Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
  • Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888-1965.
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Davies, Joseph Edward.
  • Dempsey, Jack, 1895-1983.
  • Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
  • Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
  • Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
  • La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947.
  • Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880-1969.
  • MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
  • Mayer, Louis B. (Louis Burt), 1885-1957.
  • Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945.
  • Quezon, Manuel Luis, 1878-1944.
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
  • Stone, Irving, 1903-1989 -- Clarence Darrow for the defense.
Contents List
Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
Frank Murphy papers [series]
 
Correspondence [subseries]
Box   1  
Undated
Box   1  
1908, 1930-June 1945 (31 folders)
Box   2  
July 1945-July 13-1949 (19 folders)
 
Miscellaneous [subseries]
Box   2  
Supreme Court memos and notes undated
Box   2  
Bibliographies of Frank Murphy's speeches 1933-1934, 1949
 
Speeches
Box   2  
Undated, 1922-1932
Box   2  
1933-1935
Box   2  
1937-1939
Box   2  
1940-1944
Box   2  
1945-1948
Box   2  
Biographical material (4 folders)
 
Papers concerning Murphy's career
Box   2  
1917-1930
Box   2  
Mayor of Detroit
Box   2  
Philippines

(folder 1 of 5)

Box   3  
Philippines

(folders 2-5)

Box   3  
Governor of Michigan (2 folders)
Box   3  
Attorney General
Box   3  
Supreme Court (2 folders)
Box   3  
Papers concerning Murphy and religion. undated, 1937-1943
Box   3  
Papers concerning Murphy's death 1949
Box   3  
"Frank Murphy as Government Administrator" by Edward Kemp
Box   3  
Eleanor Bumgardner's notes on Murphy (3 folders)
Box   3  
Genealogical material
 
Income Tax records
Box   3  
1937-1943
Box   3  
1944-1946
Box   3  
1947-1949
Box   3  
Memorial service March 6, 1951
Box   3  
Miscellaneous (2 folders)
 
Correspondence (Eleanor Bumgardner Wright) [series]
Box   3  
Undated, July 19, 1949-December 1949 (4 folders)
Box   4  
1950-1964 (36 folders)
Box   5  
1965
Box   5  
1966
Box   5  
1967-1977
 
Other Bumgardner materials [series]
Box   5  
Diary, concerning trip abroad with Frank Murphy 1946
Box   5  
Papers concerning personal affairs 1964-1967
Box   5  
Papers concerning gifts to various libraries of Murphy papers and memorabilia 1961
Box   5  
Acceptances May 12, 1962
 
Topical file [series]
Box   5  
Benitez, Helena
Box   5  
Black, Hugo
Box   5  
Buhl, Stasia
Box   5  
Bullitt, William C.
Box   5  
Burton, Harold H.
Box   5  
Clark, Tom. C.
Box   5  
Cromwell, James
Box   5  
Davies, Joseph
Box   5  
Douglas, William 0.
Box   5  
Dow, Joy
Box   5  
Downey, Morton
Box   5  
Dragonette, Jessica
Box   5  
Frankfurter, Felix (2 folders)
Box   5  
Gizycka, Felicia
Box   5  
Gonzalez, Mrs. Gonzalo
Box   5  
Gressman, Eugene
Box   5  
Habsburg, Otto
Box   5  
Harding, Ann
Box   5  
Hildegarde (2 folders)
Box   5  
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Box   5  
Hoover, J. Edgar
Box   5  
Hughes, Charles E.
Box   5  
Jackson, Robert
Box   5  
Joachim, Sister Ann
Box   5  
Kemp, Edward G.

(folder No. 1)

Box   6  
Kemp, Edward G.

(folders Nos. 2-4)

Box   6  
MacArthur, Douglas
Box   6  
McLean, Evelyn W.
Box   6  
Malcañan
Box   6  
Malcolm, George A.
Box   6  
Michigan
Box   6  
Minton, Sherman
Box   6  
Murphy, George
Box   6  
Osborn, Chase and Stella (2 folders)
Box   6  
Osmena, Sergio
Box   6  
Peterson, Frank
Box   6  
Philippines (6 folders)
Box   7  
Quezon family
Box   7  
Reynolds, Robert
Box   7  
Romulo, Carlos P.
Box   7  
Roosevelt, Eleanor (2 folders)
Box   7  
Roosevelt, Theodore
Box   7  
Rubinoff, Dave
Box   7  
Rutledge, Wiley
Box   7  
Shriver, Eunice
Box   7  
Spencer, Caroline L.
Box   7  
Stover, Ruby
Box   7  
U.S. Supreme Court (5 folders)
Box   7  
Vanderbilt, Neil
Box   7  
Villanova Law School
Box   7  
Williams, G. Mennen (3 folders)
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   8  
Clippings concerning Bumgardner
Box   8  
Miscellaneous speeches
Box   8  
Miscellaneous (5 folders)
Box   8  
Memorial Books and other volumes 1941-1957
Box   8  
Memorial to Louis D. Brandeis 1942
Box   8  
Memorial to Wiley B. Rutledge 1951
Box   8  
Memorial to Robert H. Jackson 1955
Box   8  
Memorial to Charles E. Hughes 1950
Box   8  
Memorial to Frederick M. Vinson 1954
Box   8  
Memorial to Felix Frankfurter 1965
Box   8  
Memorial to Harlan F. Stone 1947
Box   8  
Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, July 19, 1940-January 20, 1941 1941

(autographed by Roosevelt)

Box   8  
"Hi Sweetie," 1980
 
Photographs [series]
 
Eleanor Bumgardner
Box   8  
Portraits
Box   8  
Portraits of friends and associates
Box   8  
Miscellaneous
 
Frank Murphy
Box   8  
Early photos to circa 1920
Box   8  
Photos 1920s
Box   8  
Photos 1930s-1940s
Box   8  
Funeral
Box   8  
Portraits of friends and associates
 
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   8  
Scrapbook concerning European trip 1927
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook concerning personal affairs and Frank Murphy circa 1919-1936
Oversize Volume   2  
Scrapbook concerning Frank Murphy 1934-1943
Oversize Volume   3  
Scrapbook of Christmas cards 1935
Oversize Volume   4  
Scrapbook concerning Frank Murphy 1937-1938
Oversize Volume   5  
Scrapbook largely concerning Frank Murphy 1948
Oversize Volume   6  
Scrapbook concerning a trip to Europe and the Far East 1957

(unbound)

Oversize Volume   7  
Miscellaneous personal scrapbooks
Oversize Volume   8  
Miscellaneous personal scrapbooks

(continued)

Oversize Volume   9  
Miscellaneous personal scrapbooks

(continued)

Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Black, Hugo Lafayette, 1886-1971.
  • Undated, Aug. 25, 1937, Mar. 7, 1944, June 23, 1947, June 27, 1949
Bowers, Claude Gernade, 1879-1958.
  • July 23, 1935, Dec. 9, 1935, Jan.24, 1936, Nov. 5, 1936, Nov. 4, 1937, Dec. 14, 1937, Jan. 26, 1936, May 10, 1938, Jan. 4, 1939, Feb. 28, 1940, Mar. 7, 1945, Mar. 13, 1945
Brown, Prentiss Marsh, 1889-1973.
  • Nov. 10, 1938, Jan. 19, 1939, Jan. 18, 1941, May 21, 1942, June 10, 1942, Nov. 13, 1942, Jan. 11, 1943, Jan. 8, 1944, Apr. 12, 1944, May 1, 1944
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938.
  • Apr. 20, 1933, May 5, 1933, Aug. 5, 1935, Oct. 9, 1935, Oct. 16, 1935, Mar. 29, 1937, Apr. 3, 1937
Davies, Joseph Edward.
  • Feb. 3, 1938
Dempsey, Jack, 1895-1983.
  • July 15, 1939
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
  • Dec. 21, 1938, Jan. 2, 1939, Jan. 19, 1945, Nov. 9, 1945, July 12, 1948
Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980.
  • Correspondence throughout
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
  • Jan. 17, 1940
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
  • June 21, 1948, July 5, 1948
Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
  • Jan. 18, 1937, Feb. 27, 1940, Mar. 8, 1947, July 3, 1958 [to E.B.]
Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943.
  • Apr. 22, 1933, July 11, 1933, May 9, 1934, June 28, 1934
Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.
  • Aug. 1, 1938, Dec. 2, 1938
Ford, Henry, 1917-1987.
  • May 2, 1944, May 31, 1944, June 9, 1944, Apr. 8, 1947
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
  • Undated, Feb. 12, 1937, July 1, 1937, Nov. 10, 1938, Nov. 23, 1936, Aug. 1939, Nov. 15, 1939, Nov. 18, 1939, Apr. 12, 1941, June 2, 1941, Jan. 26, 1942, Dec. 12, 1944, May 7, 1945, Mar. 8, 1946, Nov. 3, 1946, Nov. 6, 1946, Dec. 27, 1948, Jan. 30, 1949, Apr. 22, 1949, June 4, 1949
Garner, John Nance, 1868-1967.
  • Jan. 20, 1939, Nov. 22, 1940
Gressman, Eugene, 1917-
  • Correspondence throughout
Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Nov. 10, 1938, Jan. 4, 1940
Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.
  • Apr. 3, 1939, Nov. 17, 1939, Mar. 18, 1940, Feb. 23, 1946
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
  • Oct. 29, 1947
Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969.
  • July 15, 1935, Sept. 4, 1935, Mar. 25, 1938, Feb. 10, 1939, Mar. 17, 1939, Mar. 20, 1939, Apr. 5, 1939, Apr. 17, 1939, May 10, 1939, Jan. 7, 1940, Jan. 8, 1945, Jan. 3, 1946, Apr. 8, 1947, June 14, 1948, Mar. 23, 1961 [to E.B.]
La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947.
  • June 5, 1942, Jan. 7, 1943
Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880-1969.
  • Undated [to E.B.]
Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974.
  • Jan. 8,1940,Jan. 16,1940,Jan. 23,1942
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
  • Dec. 5,1935,Feb. 7,1945
Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959.
  • Apr. 15, 1942, Apr. 20, 1942, Apr. 25, 1942, May 18, 1942, June 10, 1942, July 15, 1942, May 10, 1943, May 26, 1944
Mayer, Louis B. (Louis Burt), 1885-1957.
  • Feb. 12, 1937, Sept. 8, 1944
Murphy, George, 1897-1961.
  • Correspondence throughout
Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860
  • Correspondence throughout
Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988
  • Correspondence throughout
Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945.
  • Feb. 3, 1945
Quezon, Manuel Luis, 1878-1944.
  • Jan. 12, 1944
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
  • Oct. 9, 1940, Apr. 19, 1945, July 28, 1958 [to E.B.]
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Dec. 16, 1935, Dec. 23, 1935, Nov. 21, 1936, Dec. 28, 1937, Oct. 5, 1938, Nov. 11, 1938, Nov. 29, 1938, Dec. 2, 1938, Jan. 18, 1939, Apr. 4, 1939, Dec. 9, 1939, Dec. 25, 1939, May 14, 1940, May 15, 1940, June 10, 1940, July 8, 1940, Nov. 22, 1941, Dec. 16, 1941, Dec. 17, 1941, Mar. 16, 1944, Nov. 20, 1944, Dec. 7, 1944, Dec. 15, 1944, Nov. 6, 1945
Stimson, Henry Lewis, 1867-1950.
  • July 10, 1942, Aug. 8, 1942
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
  • Aug. 30, 1943, Nov. 1, 1943, Mar. 2, 1945
Stone, Irving, 1903-1989--Clarence Darrow for the defense.
  • Apr. 8, 1940, Nov. 9, 1940
Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888-1965.
  • Sept. 11, 1936, Apr. 8, 1946
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-
  • Correspondence throughout