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Kenneth M. Murray Photographs

Identifier: AppMs-0145

Scope and Contents

The Kenneth M. Murray Photographs collection includes 8x10 black & white prints, original negatives and contact sheets, and photo discs of scanned images. Murray's work primarily focuses on Appalachian culture, landscape, and people, but also covers global locations, traditions, and faces. Each series includes images from Murray's books A Portrait of Appalachia, Down to Earth: People of Appalachia, A Day Before Yesterday, and Highland Trails as well as other images.


  • 1961 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Kenneth M. Murray retains the copyright for all works. Duplicating or publishing images requires his written permission.


8.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into 3 series: Prints, Photo Discs, and Negatives and Contact Sheets. Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically by subject. Series 3 lists items in chronological order. Subject headings were determined by content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Kenneth Murray donated the materials between 1983 and 2011. Accession numbers 0000-145; 0000-145a; 1983-004; 1988-077; 1988-089; 1992-129; 2005-085; 2006-247; 2008-058; 2009-028; 2011-019.

Related Materials

AppMs 54 Appalachian Farm Photographs

Separated Materials

The following materials, all of which contain Murray's photographs, were added to the Archives of Appalachia book collection:

Murray, Kenneth. A Day Before Yesterday: Appalachia. 2008.

Neely, Sharlotte. Snowbird Cherokees: People of Persistence. 1991.

President's Commission on Coal. The American Coal Minder: A Report on Community and Living Conditions in the Coalfields. 1980.

Processing Information

Marie Tedesco processed the collection in 1985. Selena Harmon reprocessed the collection December 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA