The Art Murphy papers span the years circa 1960s-1990s and encompass approximately 15 linear feet. The
collection includes correspondence, artwork, and books.
Arthur Daniel Murphy, better known as Art Murphy or "Murf," worked at "Daily Variety" from 1964 to
1993 as a film critic, columnist, and contributor. He served as a special correspondent for the
"Hollywood Reporter" from 1993 to 1996. In Hollywood in the mid-1960s, he drew on his math degree from
College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts to develop a formula for determining box office
grosses. Between 1984 and 1995 he produced "Art Murphy's Boxoffice Register," an annual mail-order book
of North American box office revenues. Murphy taught a graduate seminar in the economics of the motion
picture business at the University of Southern California between 1974 and 1998.
15 linear feet of papers.
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