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Florence Beatrice Murray

b. Feb. 10, 1905, Huntsville, ON; d. Mar. 1995, Toronto, ON


1927 BA (University of Toronto)
1927 Diploma (Ontario Library School, later the Univ. of Toronto Faculty of Library and information Science)
1934 AMLS (University of Michigan)


1928–1950 Reference Librarian, Toronto Public Library
1950–1960 Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Library School
1960–1965 Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Library School
1965–1970 Professor, University of Toronto, School of Library Science
1970–19?? Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Library Science and Information Science
1977-1995 Professor Emerita


Murray, Florence B. (1929). “The Cataloguing of Dominion and Provincial Sessional Papers, Journals, Debates and Statutes.” Ontario Library Review 14, no. 1 (Aug. 1929): 17-21.

Murray, Florence B. (1935). “The contents and catalog of a local collection with special reference to subject headings.” In American Library Association, The Catalog Section. Catalogers’ and Classifiers’ Yearbook, No. 4. Chicago: American Library Association, pp 110–116.
Murray, Florence B. (1936). “Canadian government document catalogs and check-lists.” The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy 6, no. 3 (July 1936): 237–262.

Murray, Florence B. and Murray, Elsie McLeod. (1940). Preliminary Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the Toronto Public Libraries. Toronto: University of Toronto.

Murray, Florence B. (1954). “Toronto Public Library and the War of 1812.” Canadian Library Association Bulletin 11 (Dec. 1954): 102-03

Murray, Florence B. (1956). “Reference and Cataloguing in the last Quarter Century.” Ontario Library Review 40, no. 1 (Feb. 1956): 48-51.

Murray, Florence B. (1961). “Reference use of Canadian documents.” Library Resources and Technical Services, 5, no. 1 (Winter 1961): 48–52.

Murray, Florence B. (1963). “The Teaching of bibliography in English-speaking Canada.” Papers of The Bibliographical Society of Canada vol. 2 (1963): 46–56.

Murray, Florence B., ed. (1963). Muskoka and Haliburton 1615–1875: A Collection of Documents. Toronto: Champlain Society for the Government of Ontario.

Murray, Florence B. (1967). “Agricultural Settlement on the Canadian Shield: Ottawa River to Georgian Bay.” In Profiles of a Province, ed. Edith G. Firth, pp 178–186. Toronto: Ontario Historical Society.

Murray, Florence.B. (1968). “Canadian Bibliography: 1946–1967.“ Librarianship in Canada, 1946–1967: Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Homer Morton. Ed. B.B. Peel. Victoria, B.C.: Printed for Canadian Library Association by the Morriss Printing, Co.

Murray, Florence B. (1969). “Research Methods and Techniques.” Canadian Forces Staff College, September 8, 1969.

Murray, Florence B. (1972). “Canadian Library Standards.” Library Trends 21, no. 2 (Oct. 1972): 298–311.

Murray, Florence B. (1974). Portrait. Toronto: Missing Link Press.


1956–1958 President, The Bibliographical Society of Canada
1966–1968 Director, CACUL, Canadian Library Association
1968–1969 Chairman, History Section, Reference Services Division, American Library Association
American Library Association
Association of American Library Schools
Association of College and Research Libraries
Chairman, ALA-LAD-LO&MS Statistics Committee for Technical Services
Canadian Association of Library Schools
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Canadian Copyright Institute
Constitution Committee and Reorganization Committee, Ontario Library Association
Special Libraries Association
Institute of Professional Librarians of Ontario
Library School Representative, University of Toronto Council of the School of Graduate Studies Administrative Committee for Division I (Humanities)
Member of the Senate, University of Toronto
Ontario Historical Society
Ontario Resources and Technical Services Group
Senate Board of Library Science Studies, University of Toronto
Senate Committee on Honourary Degrees, University of Toronto


Recipient of Carnegie Scholarship, University of Michigan

Other Areas of Activity:

Professor Murray assisted Marie Tremaine (1902–1984), a famous Canadian bibliographer and librarian, on Canadian Catalogue of Books and, to a lesser extent, A Bibliography of Canadiana (1934).


Professor Murray primarily taught reference and advanced bibliography courses at the U of T Library School. According to Professor Bertha Bassam (the Director of the School between 1951 and 1964), Professor Murray's academic accomplishments, combined with her extensive practical experience, greatly augmented the existing curriculum. In addition, she was one of the first professors in Canada to teach MLS-level courses in library science.

Some of the courses that Professor Murray taught over her academic career include: Reference Work, Bibliography I, Bibliography II, Bibliography and Reference Materials I and II, The Natural and Applied Sciences, Bibliography and Reference Service: Books and Materials, Bibliography and Reference Service: Organization, Research Collections in Canadiana.


Bassam, Bertha. The Faculty of Library Science University of Toronto and Its Predecessors, 1911–1972. Toronto: Faculty of Library Science in association with The Library Science Alumni Association, 1978.
Bibliographical Society of Canada. “Report of the 1956 Annual Meeting” vol. 1, no. 3 (August 1956): 3.
Land, R.B. University of Toronto School of Library Science: Report of the Director For the Year Ended June, 1968: ii, 32.
Land, R.B. University of Toronto School of Library Science: Report of the Director For the Year Ended June, 1969: 48.
Land, R.B. University of Toronto School of Library Science: Report of the Director For the Year Ended June, 1970: iii.
Land, R.B. University of Toronto School of Library Science: Report of the Director For the Year Ended June, 1971: 50.
University of Toronto Library Catalogue.
Van der Bellen, Linda. “Marie Tremaine, 1902–1984 A Tribute.” Papers of The Bibliographical Society of Canada vol. 23, no. 1 (1984): 12–29.
Van der Bellen, Linda. “Appendix: Presidents of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / La Société bibliographique du Canada.” Papers of The Bibliographical Society of Canada vol. 34, no. 2 (1996): 155.
ELA biography prepared by Agatha Barc

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