Scope and contents
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Archive of Recorded Sound
Title: San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection
Identifier/Call Number: ARS.0030
Date (inclusive): 1930-2006
Language of Material: English
Physical Location: Stanford Archive of Recorded SoundStanford University LibrariesStanford, California 94305-3076
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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
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.
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
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Yerba Buena Jass Band
San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation