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Brandon Murray

Brandon Murray

Brandon Murray is a librarian and archivist in the Dallas Public Library’s Dallas History & Archives Division. He writes about North Texas history for D Magazine.

Stories by Brandon Murray

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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: Scenes from 1949, When the Mob Ruled Dallas

In 1949, streetcars still roamed Dallas' streets, the Adolphus Hotel towered over its neighbors downtown, the State Fair was still segregated, and Benny Binion wanted his money.
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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: 120 Years Since the Annexation of Oak Cliff

In 1903, the city of Dallas annexed Oak Cliff. Let's dig through the archives of the Dallas Public Library to see what the neighborhood looked like a century ago.
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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: Travel Back In Time to 1923

As we settle into 2023, we take a look back through the archives at the Dallas Public Library to get a glance at the city coming of age 100 years ago.
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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: When Royalty Came to North Texas

British royalty has long been enamored with Texans, from Ross Perot to Stanley Marcus. Now a month since Queen Elizabeth II’s death, a Dallas Public Library archivist chronicles all the times North Texas has hosted the monarchy.
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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Turns 40

Downtown’s Central Library celebrates 40 years since it opened. The facility was the only major library in the world to have its entire card catalog on a computer.
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Stories by Brandon Murray

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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: Honoring Native American Heritage Month

This was once the home of the Wichita, Comanche, Caddo, and Cherokee tribes. Let’s take a look through the Dallas Public Library’s archives.
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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: Family Moments from Past Decades

As more families gather after getting vaccinated, take a look back at historic Dallas moments with the families of Marion Butts, Clyde Barrow, Billy Earl Dade, and more.
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Tales from the Dallas History Archives: When Hollywood Came to Dallas

With the Academy Awards a few weeks away, let's take a look at the Dallas Library's archives to see a few times the stars came to North Texas.
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Tales From the Dallas History Archives: Art Has Always Been Part of the City

The Dallas Public Library has photos of sculptors, painters, and an early glimpse at what helped form the Dallas Museum of Art.
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Tales From the Dallas History Archives: The Crowds In Our Past, From Bonnie Parker to JFK

We haven't been able to gather. So let's take a trip back through the Dallas Public Library's archive to see history play out in the crowds of Dallas generations ago.
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