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Dwight Murphy Papers

Identifier: MS-25

The Dwight Murphy Papers are a small collection of six (6) documents related to Murphy's end of life planning and his equestrian interests.


  • 1960 - 1975

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


1 Folder

Biographical / Historical

Dwight Murphy arrived in Santa Barbara from East St. Louis in 1905 and adopted Santa Barbara as his new home. He worked with Thomas More Storke and Major Max Fleischmann on the post-earthquake renaissance, contributing to the city through many preservation efforts involving the waterfront, parks, rebuilding the Mission, etc.

An avid equestrian, Murphy supported the Santa Barbara National Horse Show and Old Spanish Days Fiesta, helped protect and breed the Palomino, and helped stop abuses in the horse racing industry.

--Adapted from California's knight on a golden horse : Dwight Murphy, Santa Barbara's renaissance man by Edward A. Hartfeld


One (1) folder contains all six (6) items.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The source of the materials was a friend of Jerry Jackman who received it from the Murphy family.

Separated Materials

Several objects were transferred to the curatorial collection:

One (1) cigarette lighter, with metal plate bearing the name Dwight Murphy

One (1) plaque from the 1960 Old Spanish Days Fiesta, with Dwight Murphy El Presidente 1924-26 engraved on a metal plate

Two (2) framed and signed copies of A Tribute to Dwight Murphy by the California Horse Racing Board, on the occasion of his retirement, dated Sept. 21, 1959

One (1) framed set of 3 black and white photographs of a house (not identified)

Processing Information

Processed by Chris S. Ervin CA on 2020-03-30

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Repository Details

Part of the Presidio Research Center Repository

215 East Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara CA 93101 USA