A Guide to the Fred Israel Murphy Papers, [ca. 1920s]-1945.
Fred Israel Murphy was an African-American musician and orchestra director from Dallas, Texas, who performed in the early to mid-20th century.
Logbooks, account books, financial documents, newspaper clippings, audiotapes, photographs, and a broadside comprise the Fred Israel Murphy Papers, [ca. 1920s]-1945, documenting Murphy’s musical career. Logbooks, account books, and other financial information such as contracts and receipts shed light on the day-to-day operations of his orchestra and the venues in which they played throughout the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
This collection is open for research use.
Fred Israel Murphy Papers, [ca. 1920s]-1945, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers