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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Art Murphy papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1960s-1990s
    Collection number: 540
    Creator: Murphy, Arthur D.
    Extent: 15 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection

    Access

    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Art Murphy papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Bequest of the Arthur D. Murphy estate, 2004

    Biography

    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.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Art Murphy papers span the years circa 1960s-1990s and encompass approximately 15 linear feet. The collection includes correspondence, artwork, and books.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series: Not arranged in series.

    Indexing Terms

    Murphy, Art , 1932-2003--Archives.
    columnists