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Frances Murray papers

Identifier: AG 268

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into seven series: Correspondence; Biographic Materials; Activity Files; Writings and Interviews; Exhibition Files; Printed Materials; and Financial Records. Many series contain materials closely related to other series, appropriate directional notes have been included.

Correspondence, undated, 1972-1986, 2016-2017 is separated into 2 subseries: Business Correspondence, and Personal Correspondence. Business Correspondence relates to items in Series 3: Activity Files and Series 5: Exhibition Files. Cassette tapes in Series 3 Project Files, Subseries 3 NEA Fellowship relate to Personal Correspondence.

Biographical Materials, 1963, 1970-1971, 1982, 1985-1986, 1988-1989, 1991, 1993, 1996-1999, 2014-2015, 2017 is separated into 2 subseries: Biography & Other, and Resumes. Biography & Other Includes snapshots and shorthand instruction book from Murray’s time at Gregg Secretarial College, Dublin, 1965.

Activity Files, undated, 1978-1993, 1997-2015 is separated into 4 subseries: CCP, Dinnerware Gallery Files, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Other. CCP includes promotional materials, publications, correspondence, and conference notes. Dinnerware Gallery Files includes minutes and business records. NEA Fellowship includes correspondence, financial records, writings, album of snapshots, and application materials. Other includes grant proposals, applications, and a USB drive of works. Relates to Series 5: Exhibition Files.

Writings and Interviews, undated, 1965-1967, 1969, 1982, 1985-1987, late 1990’s, 1997, 1999-2000, 2012 is separated into 2 subseries: Poetry and Prose, and Interviews. Material in Series 3: Activity Files Subseries 3: NEA Fellowship relate to this series.

Exhibition Files, 1979-1987, 1989, 1991-2000, [late 1990’s], 2007 is separated into 2 subseries: Etherton Gallery & Temple Gallery, and Other. Series 1 Correspondence, Series 3 Activity Files, and Series 6: Printed Materials relate to this series.

Printed Materials, undated, 1977, 1978-1996, 1999-2000, 2003, 2007 is separated into 3 subseries: Periodicals and Catalogues, Book Project Materials, and Reviews and Announcements. Includes publications with Murray’s photographs, proofs of book projects, reviews and exhibition announcements. Relates to Series 3 Activity Files and Series 5: Exhibition Files

Financial Records, 1978-1979, 1982-1995, 1997-2001, 2003-2005, 2016 relates to Series 3: Activity Files


  • Creation: 1963-2017

Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographic Note

Frances Murray (1947- ) is a Tucson based photographer. Born in Ireland and an immigrant to the U.S., Murray’s career in photography began in her late twenties. After meeting in 1969, Murray married Harold Jones in 1970 and gave birth to twin daughters, Star and Rebecca, in 1971. The Frances Murray papers, 1963-2017 includes: exhibition records, grant application records, business and personal correspondence, lecture notes, personal photographs, periodicals, records from her involvement with Dinnerware Artists’ Cooperative, and records from the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.


12 Boxes (5.36 cubic feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Collection consists primarily of letters, financial records, exhibition announcements, grant materials, writings, publications, and snapshots. Slides, book projects, and digital materials are also represented. Materials present range from 1963-2017 with the majority of items from the late 1970’s into the 2010’s representing the most active time in Murray’s career.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Subseries 1: Business
  3. Subseries 2: Personal
  4. Series 2: Biographic Mateerials
  5. Subseries 1:Biography & Other
  6. Subseries 2:Resumes
  7. Series 3: Activity Files
  8. Subseries 1: CCP
  9. Subseries 2: Dinnerware Gallery Files
  10. Subseries 3: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  11. Subseries 4: Other
  12. Series 4: Writings and Interviews
  13. Subseries 1: Poetry and Prose
  14. Subseries 2: Interviews
  15. Series 5:Exhibition Files
  16. Subseries 1: Etherton & Temple Gallery
  17. Subseries 2: Other
  18. Series 6: Printed Materials
  19. Subseries 1: Periodicals and Catalogues
  20. Subseries 2: Book Project Materials
  21. Subseries 3: Reviews and Announcements
  22. Series 7: Financial Records

Custodial History

Gift of Frances Murray in September of 2018

Existence and Location of Copies

USB drives


Audio cassettes

Related Materials

Harold Jones papers, circa 1940s – 2000s. AG 67. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Murray, F., & Close, C. (2009). [Interview with] Frances Murray [part 1/2] (Voices of photography).

Murray, Frances, Weirich, Emily, & Rule, Amy. (2009). [Interview with] Frances Murray [Part 2/2] (Voices of photography).

Murray, F., Frueh, J., & Etherton Gallery. (2007). Frances Murray : Psychologue : Photographs, 1977-2007. Tucson, Ariz.: Etherton Gallery. [available at CCP Volkerding Center: TR647 .M877 2007]

Photographs also reside in the CCP’s Fine Print collection. Please contact archivist for details.


  1. Murray, Frances
  2. Jones, Harold []
  3. Frueh, Joanna []
  4. Black-and-white photography []

Processing Information

Processed in January of 2019

Frances Murray papers 1963-2017
Finding aid created by Sarah Jardini, updated by Elias Larralde in 2022 added series 8/ box 13
© 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States