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Murray Frank papers

Identifier: MS2073

Collection Scope and Content

This collection consists of manuscript and lecture notes, and one speech. The collection consists entirely of manuscripts and lecture notes. The language of the material is English for the most part, some documents are in cursive Yiddish. This information is noted in the Folder Content Listing. The following arbitrary divisions were imposed on the material because no original order was apparent: Israel, Judaism, Library of Congress, Literature., United States, Zionism, miscellaneous lecture notes, Press Releases.


  • Creation: 1919-1971


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Historical or Biographical Note

Murray Frank (1908-1977), a 1936 graduate of The George Washington University, had a varied career. He worked as an administrative assistant on Capitol Hill, an economic analyst, a journalist concentrating on Jewish issues for Jewish publications, a broadcaster, and an author and teacher. He was active in the Jewish community in Washington and on a national level. From 1963 until the mid 1970s, Frank was an administrative assistant to U.S. Representative William L. St. Onge. Prior to that he was an administrative assistant to U.S. Representative Abraham J. Multer (1949-51) and U.S. Representative Victor I. Anfuso (1955-65).

Other service to the U.S. Government included a stint as an economic analyst at the Department of Commerce (1941-52) followed by a position in the United States Foreign Economic Administration from 1942-45. From 1949-51 he was an advisor on Jewish affairs to U.S. Representative Sol Bloom. Many Jewish publications had Murray Frank as a contributing journalist. These publications included "The Day Jewish Journal," "Jewish Morning Journal," "Jewish Chronicle," "Yiddishe Zeiting" (Buenos Aires), "Davar" (Israel), "American Zionist," and the "National Jewish Post."

Frank was the director and announcer for "The Voice of Israel" a weekly radio program on WDON and WASH-FM. in Washington, D.C. from 1958-61.

As an author, Frank produced the following volumes: "Fisheries of Latin America," "The War Refuge Board," and "This is B'nai B'rith, Book of Facts." He coauthored "Industrialization of Latin America" and was the editor and information director of "B'nai B'rith News" from 1945-47.

Frank's teaching career began in the District of Columbia public schools. He taught in the District from 1937-41. He later taught Jewish history at the College of Jewish Studies in Washington, D.C. (1949-51) and the Temple Sinai adult education program where his offering included post-biblical Jewish literature.

Very active in the community in Washington, Frank was president of Farband LZOA from 1961-68, vice-president of Washington Community for Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, vice-chair of the government division United Jewish Appeal, a representative to the American Jewish Conference, 1945-46, a memer of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center from 1941-44, the Jewish Social Service Agency, 1944-46, and the Hebrew Academy of Washington, 1950-54. He was also a member of the J.L. Peretz American Academy of Political Science, the Congressional Press Gallery, the White House News Correspondence Association, and the State Department Correspondence Association.


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Language of Materials



This collection consists of manuscript and lecture notes, and one speech and is dated from 1919-1971. Murray Frank had a varied career that included writing and teaching. Most of his work related to Jewish issues.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Joan Lippman, Executive Administrator of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, Inc. in 1983.

Collection note

From original finding aid: secondary sources were deaccessioned. clipping files were also deaccessioned because no annotations were involved.

Guide to the Murray Frank papers, 1919-1971
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
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Washington DC 20052 United States of America