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Murray, Albert. Albert Murray papers, circa 1939-2003: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, pf
Call No.: 2016M-14
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Murray, Albert.
Title: Albert Murray papers
Date(s): 1939-2005
Quantity: 8.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers of American novelist and jazz critic, Albert Murray.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2016M-14. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund and the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund; received: 2016 July 8 and October, 2017 December 15.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.
Most of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Related Materials

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Biographical / Historical

Albert Lee Murray (1916-2013) was an American novelist, essayist, and literary and jazz critic. Born in Alabama, he attended the Tuskegee Institute, graduating in 1939; he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943-1962. He and Ralph Ellison were close friends and correspondents.


Arrangement is original and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes compositions, correspondence, teaching materials, research files, clippings, photographs, audiovisual material, and personal material relating to Murray and his wife, Mozelle.
For more detail, see internal file.


The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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