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Bryant McMurray photographs and personal papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0462

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of material generated from McMurray's work in the motorsports industry for his entire career from 1969-2016. It contains items from every NASCAR track in the country as well as material related to the Calder Park Thunderdome in Melbourne. There are also magazines, press kits, media guides and hard cards that were only issued to certain members of the press for each race. It also includes items he generated during his time as manager of the Travelin' Havoline Fishing Show.

Dates

  • 1968 - 2016

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Photographic negatives and prints currently closed for use during the digitization process.

Conditions Governing Use

Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photographs Copyright NoticeCopyright to the Bryant McMurray Motorsports photographs is retained by Bryant McMurray. The images in this collection are made available for use in research, private study, and teaching by J. Murrey Atkins Library, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior permission from Bryant McMurray is required before they may be used for any commercial purpose. Please contact Bryant McMurray at Bryant.McMurray@gmail.com for information about obtaining permission and ordering high-resolution digital images or prints. Photographs published in print or online should be credited to Bryant McMurray, courtesy of J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte.

Biographical Note

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and a graduate of Appalachian State University, Bryant McMurray is a 50-year veteran of photojournalism, marketing, and public relations in motorsports. He served as director of photography for Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway and as the North American general manager of the Thunderdome Speedway in Melbourne, Australia. A recipient of numerous industry awards, including “Craftsman Photographer of the Year,” he was the first race promoter to take a race to a country outside North America. McMurray is currently an adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte, where he teaches NASCAR history. In 2014 J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections at UNC Charlotte acquired his motorsports photography collection.

Extent

24 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Papers and photographs relating to McMurray's 50+ year career in motorsports. Includes press kits, photographs, magazines, office files, press credentials and hard cards. Also contains material related to McMurray's management of the Travelin' Havoline Fishing Show and his work as the North American General Manager of the Thunderdome Speedway in Melbourne, Australia.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following eight series, one of which (Motorsports Photographs) is further divided into subseries. The eight series are: Motorsports Photographs, Magazines and Media Guides, Press Kits, Track Files, Office Files, Calder Park Thunderdome, Press Credentials and Assorted.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired from Bryant McMurray from 2014-2020.

Digitized Content

Digitized content from the Bryant McMurray Photographs and Personal Papers can be found at: http://goldmine.uncc.edu/islandora/object/motorsports%3A1

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Andrew Pack in 2021.
Title
Bryant McMurray photographs and personal papers
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated