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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Title: San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: ARS.0030
    Physical Description: 371 box(es)
    Date (inclusive): 1930-2006
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: Stanford Archive of Recorded SoundStanford University LibrariesStanford, California 94305-3076


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection, ARS-0030. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation in 2008-2009.


    This finding aid was produced, in part, with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Box numbers

    Box numbers have gaps. Also some contents of boxes were removed and placed in oversize folders, so the Extent includes the combination of the total box count and oversize folder count.

    Scope and contents

    The collection comprehensively covers the career of Turk Murphy and was assembled primarily by Jim Goggin and other members of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation. Similar sub-collections of materials about other traditional jazz musicians were added to this core collection containing items related to Murphy, Lu Watters, and Murphy's side men, such as William Miskell and Bob Helm, some of whom also had their own bands. The collection includes over 650 manuscript jazz arrangements (scores and parts) for the Turk Murphy band, musical arrangements by Lu Watters, and related groups; original transcription discs of unique sound and video recordings by Turk Murphy, Lu Watters, Kid Ory, and other musicians and bands; 218 loose leaf notebooks of materials compiled by Jim Goggin documenting the careers of Turk Murphy, Burt Bales, Clancy Hayes, Bob Scobey and similar jazz musicians; hundreds of recordings in various formats, including lacquer transcription discs, open reel tapes, audio cassettes, CDs, CD-Roms, and videocassettes; thousands of photographs documenting the career of Turk Murphy and other West Coast traditional jazz musicians; correspondence and business records of Murphy and his jazz club, Earthquake McGoon's; and numerous boxes of ephemera, posters, and realia relating to Earthquake McGoon's and Turk Murphy's performances there. In total the collection consists of about 300 linear feet of materials comprised of 155 linear feet of archival materials and 145 linear feet of sound recordings.

    Processing Information

    Collection was initially processed by Andrea Castillo in 2009. Franz Kunst received support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to continue processing the collection in 2012. Erin Hurley processed much of the collection in 2016-2017, and Frank Ferko completed processing in 2019.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dixieland music
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
    Rose, Wally
    Hayes, Clancy
    Yerba Buena Jass Band
    Helm, Bob
    Murphy, Turk
    Watters, Lu
    San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation