Beatrice M. Murphy Collection

In the Black Studies Center

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.