Beatrice M. Murphy Collection

Beatrice M. Murphy Collection

Collection to Undergo Major Maintenance During MLK Library Closure

Beatrice M. Murphy
Beatrice M. Murphy was a tireless advocate and promoter of the work of African American writers. In 1965, Murphy and others established The Negro Bibliographic Research Center Inc. Later it was renamed The Minority Research Center.

Despite being legally blind, she was the Managing Editor of its publication, Bibliographic Survey: the Negro in Print. Among its subscribers were Federal Government Departments and major universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

In 1977, her friends incorporated the Beatrice M. Murphy Foundation to encourage the collection and dissemination of books by and about African Americans. Also that year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library was presented with a gift of 1,700 books from her personal collection to strengthen the Black Studies Center holdings.

About the Collection

During the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Beatrice M. Murphy Collection and other Black Studies Center collections are undergoing major collection maintenance to improve access to resources. The Beatrice M. Murphy Collection will be fully cataloged and accessible when the MLK Library reopens in 2020. 

A re-imagined Black Studies Center will be included in the new MLK Library. To learn more about updates and plans for the center, please sign up for our Special Collections newsletter

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