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John Robert Murdock Photographs circa 1940-circa 1955

CP SPC 73


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Title: John Robert Murdock Photographs
Inclusive Dates: circa 1940-circa 1955
Quantity: 36 Silver Gelatin Photographs (0.25 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection consists of 36 silver gelatin photographs documenting John R. Murdock's political career, including public ceremonies, portraits, and spot news. Among the prominent figures depicted are Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
Identification: CP SPC 73
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

John Robert Murdock, educator and US Representative from Arizona, was born on April 20, 1885 near Lewistown, Missouri. He attended local public schools and graduated from the Missouri State Teacher's College at Kirksville in 1912. After teaching in public schools from 1908 to 1914 he accepted an appointment as an instructor in history and political science at the Tempe Normal School. In 1933, Murdock was named Dean of the Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe.

Murdock was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat in November of 1936 and served continuously until January of 1953, having been defeated in the fall 1952 elections. He was a specialist in water issues with particular expertise in water desalinization. Murdock died in Phoenix on February 14, 1972.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 36 silver gelatin photographs documenting John R. Murdock's political career, including public ceremonies, portraits, and spot news. Among the prominent figures depicted are Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.


Arrangement

This collection consists of thirty-six photographs.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Distinctive Collections Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Copyright

Arizona State University does not own copyright to this collection. Distinctive Collections recognizes that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.


Related Material

These photographs were separated from MSS-62: John Robert Murdock Collection (guide available at http://www.azarchivesonline.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/asu/murdockj.xml).


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Murdock, Myrtle Cheney, approximately 1886-1980

Corporate Name(s)
United States. Congress

Occupation(s)
Legislators -- United States


Administrative Information

Credit Line

John Robert Murdock Photographs, CP SPC 73. Arizona State University Library: Greater Arizona Collection.

Provenance

The John Robert Murdock Collection was received from his daughter, Mrs. Rachel (Murdock) Ellis, in 1979 (ACC#1979-00060A).


Container List

1Portrait of Myrtle (Cheney) Murdock. S.L., circa 1940
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, Myrtle Cheney, approximately 1886-1980

2John Murdock with his Wife Myrtle, who is being Presented with an Award. S.L., circa 1940
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Murdock, Myrtle Cheney, approximately 1886-1980

3John Murdock with a Group of Visitors Looking at Statues in the Capitol Building. Washington, D.C., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

4Mrs. John Murdock Unveiling a Bust of a Historical Figure. S.L., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, Myrtle Cheney, approximately 1886-1980

5John and Myrtle Murdock Helping to Hold up a Mural Drawn on a Long Roll of Paper. S.L., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Murdock, Myrtle Cheney, approximately 1886-1980

6-7Group Portraits of Several Men, circa 1950
These men may be members of Congress.
8John Murdock Sitting at a Table with Several Other Men. S.L., circa 1955
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

9John Murdock doing a Radio Program. S.L., circa 1945
Personal Name(s)
Ankers, Del, 1916-2008 (Photographer)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

10-15Portrait of John Murdock Standing with Another Man. Washington, D. C., circa 1940
Personal Name(s)
Chase, D. B. (Dana B.) (Photographer)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

16-17President Harry S. Truman Standing on the White House Lawn with a Group of People. Washington, D. C., circa 1950
Group includes Senator Carl T. Hayden and Congressman John Murdock.
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Hayden, Carl Trumbull, 1877-1972
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972

Corporate Name(s)
Harris & Ewing (Photographer)

18-19President Franklin D. Roosevelt Sitting at his Desk with Members of Congress Standing Behind Him. Washington, D. C., circa 1940
John Murdock is one of the Congresspeople standing behind Roosevelt.
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945

Corporate Name(s)
Harris & Ewing (Photographer)

20-21Group of Dignitaries Standing in Front of Plane Used for First Flight Using Gasoline Made from American Coal. S.L., circa 1943
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Straus, Michael Wolf, 1897-1970
Murdock, Orrice Abram, 1893-1979
Gurney, Chan, 1896-1985
Sayers, R. R. (Royd Ray), 1885-1965
O'Mahoney, Joseph C. (Joseph Christopher), 1884-1962
Randolph, Jennings, 1902-1998
Kelley, Augustine Bernard, 1883-1957
Johnson, Calvin D. (Calvin Dean), 1898-1985
Furlong, Grant (Robert Grant), 1886-1973
Hyde, Arthur C. (Arthur Cunningham), 1910-1999

Corporate Name(s)
United States. Bureau of Mines (Photographer)

22John Murdock Standing on Steps of the Capitol Building with a Man and a Burro. Washington, D.C., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

Corporate Name(s)
Acme Newspictures (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer)

23John Murdock Standing with an Air Force Officer. S. L., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

Corporate Name(s)
United States. Air Force (Photographer)

24John Murdock Standing with Two Other Men. Washington, D.C., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

Corporate Name(s)
Underwood & Underwood (Photographer)

25Annual Dinner of the Spanish American War Officers, D.C. Commandery at the Army and Navy Club. Washington, D.C., 1941
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

Corporate Name(s)
Schutz Group Photographers (Washington, D.C.) (Photographer)

26-28Portraits of John Murdock. Washington, D.C., circa 1940
Personal Name(s)
Chase, D. B. (Dana B.) (Photographer)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

29-30Portraits of John Murdock. Washington, D.C., circa 1940
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

Title(s)
Washington press (Washington, D.C.) (Photographer)

31-34Portraits of John Murdock. Washington, D.C., circa 1940
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

Corporate Name(s)
Underwood & Underwood (Photographer)

35John Murdock with Two Other Men Looking at a Plant. S.L., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972

36John Murdock with a Friend. S.L., circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972