Dear Ms. Fennelly,
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We searched the Code Name Index and the Personal Name Index to the Records of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (Record Group 226), which are not available online, and we located six references to Jester and/or Puritan and six references to James R. Murphy that may be relevant to your research, including:
- The series Chungking, Dakar, Holland, Istanbul, Kandy, Kunming, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris, Pretoria, Singapore, Stockholm, and Tangier Field Station Files, 1943-1945 (entry A1 148) contains 1 file related to “Jester” in box 59, folder 848.
- The series Sources and Methods Files, 1941-1948 (entry A1 210.) contains 1 file for “Jester to Puritan” in box 148, folder 4862; 1 file for “Puritan from BD/001” in box 304, folder 12237; 1 file for James R. Murphy in box 96, folder 3835; and (entry A1 216) 1 file for “JJ-001 from Puritan” in box 4, folder 27580.
- The series Bern Secret Intelligence (SI) and Madrid Counter-Intelligence (X-2) Field Station Files, 1942-1945 (entry UD 123) contains 1 file for “Puritan” in box 18, folder 219.
- The series Central Files, 1941-1946 (entry UD 92) contains 1 file for “Puritan” in box 173, folder 30 and 1 reference to James R. Murphy in box 28, folder 32; and (entry UD 92A) 1 file for James R. Murphy in box 50, folder 843.
- The series Washington and Pacific Coast Field Station Files, 1942-1945 (entry UD 140) contains 1 reference to James R. Murphy in box 67, folder 523.
- The series London Field Station and Washington Headquarters Files, 1942-1945 (entry UD 169A) contains 1 reference to James R. Murphy in box 19, folder 852.
- The series Washington Operational Files, 1943-1946 (entry UD 122) contains 1 reference to James R. Murphy in box 2, folder 1.
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