Scope and contents
Language of Material:
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 Commission.
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
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