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Frank Murphy oral history project

Repository: University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library

Collection Description (CRHP): As judge in the trial of Ossian and Henry Sweet (1925-26), mayor of Detroit (1930-1933), governor of Michigan (1937-1939), U.S. Attorney General (1939-1940), and Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Murphy advocated for civil rights for African Americans.

Collection Description (Extant): Transcripts of oral interviews conducted by University of Michigan history professor Sidney Fine in cooperation with the Michigan Historical Collections with individuals on the subject of the life and times of Michigan governor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Frank Murphy; and sound recordings of the interviews.

Origin Info: The Frank Murphy Oral History Project was undertaken by the Michigan Historical Collections (now the Bentley Historical Library) and University of Michigan history professor Sidney Fine who was researching for a multi-volume biography of Michigan Governor and United States Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy. The purpose of the interviews was both to supplement the Frank Murphy papers and to provide further information about Murphy's life and career.

Date(s): 1963-1972

Existing IDs: 87174 Bimu C445 2

Extent: 1 linear foot (in two boxes); 52 sound tape reels (30 min. each) : analog ; 3 1/2 in., 1 sound tape reel (ca. 2 hours) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in., 2 sound casettes; transcripts.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: In this repository, see also George Murphy papers, 1911-1961. George Murphy was brother and aide to Frank; among other topics, his papers include information on Detroit politics (1935-1961), investigation of Detroit street railways (1936), arbitration of labor disputes (1936-1941), and investigation of Charles Street housing project in Detroit (1939-1940); also the transcript of a 1957 interview concerning Frank Murphy and his role in sit-down strike of 1937.

Interviewees: Thurman Arnold, James V. Bennett, Hugo Black, John V. Brennan, Thomas F. Chawke, J.H. Creighton, Larry Davidow, Joseph Devitt, William O. Douglas, James A. Farley, Hilmar Gellein, Nathan Goldstick, Eugene Gressman, Mrs. Joseph R. Hayden, Charles J. Hedetniemi, Richard Doolen, Alexander Holtzoff, G. Donald Kennedy, Marvin Petroelje, J. Fred Lawton, MacDonald, Matthew McGuire, Jack Manning, Harry Mead, Mrs. Jaffe, Judge Schweinhaut, Wyndham Mortimer, Irene Murphy, Sharon Murphy Keyes, William J. Norton, Philip C. Pack, John J. Pickering, James Kerr Pollock, Frank Potts, Lee Pressman, Roy Reuther, John Rogge, Josephine Gomon, Mary Lutomsky, Irene Murphy, Beulah Carter, Robert Travis, M. Warner, G. Mennen Williams, Mrs. Nel Wilson, Mrs. Fielding Yost, Robert M. Warner, Martin Hayden, Carl Muller, Carl Radow, William Muller

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Civil rights movements--Michigan
Civil rights--Cases
Strikes and lockouts
United States. Supreme Court


Sound recordings


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