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John Robert Murdock Collection 1917-1963 (Bulk 1942-1950)


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972
Title: John Robert Murdock Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1917-1963
Bulk Dates: 1942-1950
Quantity: 5 Boxes (2.25 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The John Robert Murdock Collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, radio broadcast scripts and speeches, election returns, and printed matter dating from 1917 to 1963. The bulk of the collection concerns Murdock's congressional campaigns and state elections between 1942 and 1950.
Identification: MSS-62
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
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

The John Robert Murdock Collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, radio broadcast scripts and speeches, election returns, and printed matter dating from 1917 to 1963. The bulk of the collection concerns Murdock's congressional campaigns and state elections between 1942 and 1950.


This collection consists of five boxes.


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 Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


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

Related Material

Photographs received with this collection were separated and cataloged as CP SPC 73: John Robert Murdock Photographs (guide available at

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Murdock, John Robert, 1885-1972.

Corporate Name(s)
Maricopa County Democratic Women's Club (Ariz.).

Geographic Name(s)
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico).

Legislators -- United States.
Political campaigns -- Arizona.
Political campaigns -- United States.
Saline water conversion -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico).
United States. Congress -- Elections.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Robert Murdock Collection, MSS-62, Arizona State University Library.


The John Robert Murdock Collection was received from his daughter, Mrs. Rachel (Murdock) Ellis, in 1979 (ACC# 79-060).

Other Finding Aids

A calendar describing each item in the Murdock Collection is available in the Luhrs Reading Room upon request.

Container List

11 Biographical Information, 1972, Undated
12 Newsclippings and Printed Matter, 1935-1936, 1946,
13 Political Speeches and Announcements, 1936-1944
14 Congressional Record, 1937-1951
15 News Clippings Regarding Various Arizona Issues and Communist Political Association (Phoenix) Typescript Statement Entitled Departure from Roosevelt's Policies, 1941-1946
16 News Clippings Regarding Arizona Water, R. H. Forbes, and Albin Barkley, 1934, 1943-1944
17 Newsclippings and Printed Matter, 1944-1950
18 Congressional Record Regarding Silver, American's Creed, 1943
19 Bills Introduced by Murdock, 1937
110 News Clippings Regarding Arizona Politics, 1939, Undated
111 Election Certificate and Acknowledgement and Official Canvass: General Election by County, 1938-1942
112 1942 Election: General Election Returns for Coconino and Pinal County and News Clippings Regarding Churchill and Roosevelt, 1942-1943
113 Voting Records Correspondence, 1938-1942
114 Campaign Press Release entitled As It Appears to Your Congressman, 1941
115 News Clippings Regarding Arizona Politics, 1942
116 1942 Campaign: Advertising and Management Correspondence, 1942
117 1942 Campaign: Printed Matter, 1942
118 1942 Election: Primary Election Returns (All Arizona Counties and Precincts) and Election Certificate, 1942
119 1944 Election: Primary Election Returns by County and Precinct, 1944
120 1944 Election: General Election Returns by County and Precinct, 1944-1945, Undated
121 1944 Campaign: Financial Records Regarding Advertising, 1944
122 Address at Williams Field, 1944
123 1944 Election: Pamphlet and Press Release with Election Statistics and Information Regarding Legislative Apportionment, 1944
124 1944 Campaign: Candidacy Announcement, 1944
125 Article entitled Veterans - Here's Your Farm, 1946
126 1946 Campaign: Primary Election Petition Carriers, 1946, Undated
127 1946 Election: News Clippings, 1946
128 1946 Campaign: Support Correspondence, 1946, Undated
129 1946 Campaign: Congratulatory Correspondence, 1946
130 1946 Campaign: Congratulatory Correspondence, 1946-1947, Undated
131 1946 Campaign: Advertising Correspondence and Printed Matter, 1944, 1946, Undated
132 1946 Campaign: Campaign Advertisements, 1946, Undated
133 1946 Campaign: Financial Records and Correspondence, 1946, Undated
134 Newsclippings and Printed Matter Regarding Water, 1947-1948, Undated
135 Speeches Regarding Water, Labor, and Murdock Political Qualifications, 1946-1947, Undated
136 Voting Records for 1945-1948, 1948
137 1948 Campaign: Primary Election Petition Carrier Correspondence and Instructions, 1948
138 1948 Campaign: Primary Election Correspondence and Printed Matter, 1948, Undated
139 1948 Campaign: Radio Broadcasts (Scripts) and Speeches, 1946, Undated
140 1948 Campaign: Personal Correspondence, 1948
141 1948 Campaign: Primary Election Newspapers and Direct Mail Correspondence, 1948
142 1948 Campaign: Advertising Copy Directed at Mormon Constituency, 1948, Undated
143 1948 Campaign: Issues for Possible Campaign Speeches, 1948
144 1948 Campaign: Political Speeches and Radio Broadcast Scripts, 1948
145 [Not Used], 1948, Undated
146 1948 Campaign: Support for Other Congressional Candidates, 1948
147 1948 Election: Correspondence and Printed Matter, 1948, Undated
21 1946 Congressional Election Statistics, Arizona State and County Elected Officials, and 1948 Primary and General Election Information, 1946, 1948
22 1948 Elections: Campaign Statistics and News Clippings, 1948, Undated
23 1948 Elections: Arizona Gubernatorial Primary News Clippings, Undated
24 1948 Elections: News Clippings Regarding Other Candidates, Undated
25 1948 Campaign: Correspondence and Newsclippings, 1948, Undated
26 1948 Campaign: Correspondence and Speeches, 1948, Undated
27 1948 Elections: Precinct Voting, Undated
28 1948 Campaign: Primary and General Election Expenses, Correspondence, and Printed Matter, 1948, Undated
29 1948 Election: Primary and General Election Returns by County, Undated
210 1948 Campaign: Congratulatory Correspondence, 1948-1949
211 Newspaper Column entitled "As It Appears to Your Congressman", 1939-1944
212 1950 Campaign: Primary Election Correspondence and Printed Matter, 1950, Undated
213 1950 Campaign: Correspondence, Speeches, and Position Statements, 1950
214 1950 Campaign: Advertising Correspondence and Receipts, 1950, Undated
215 1950 Campaign: Correspondence Regarding Voting Records and Position Statements, 1950
216 1950 Campaign: Primary Election Congratulatory Correspondence, 1950
217 1950 Campaign: General Election Congratulatory Correspondence, 1950
218 1950 Campaign: Primary and General Election Expense Correspondence, Newsclippings, and Financial Records, 1950, Undated
219 1950 Campaign: Radio Addresses (Scripts), Speeches, and Correspondence, 1950, Undated
220 Invitations and Correspondence, 1950
221 Petition Signers Mailing List and Pamphlet entitled How Your Congressman Voted, Undated
222 1950 Campaign: Correspondence and Invitations Regarding Rallies, 1950, Undated
223 1950 Campaign: Petition Carriers Correspondence, 1950, Undated
224 Press Releases and Correspondence, 1950
225 1950 Campaign: Correspondence, 1950
226 1950 Campaign: Petition Carrier Correspondence, 1950
227 Extra Petitions, Undated
228 Murdock in Congressional Record, 1950
229 Democratic National Congressional Committee Issue Statements, 1949-1950, Undated
230 Political News Clippings, 1949-1951
231 Maricopa County Democratic Women's Club Year Book, 1951, Undated
232 In Congress Murdock Said ... 1937-1939, Undated
Pamphlets regarding Colorado River water.
233 Printed Matter and Newsclipping Regarding Robert H. Forbes, Gezira Sporting Club, and a Resolution Relating to Public Funds, 1920-1922, Undated
234 News Clippings Regarding Agriculture, 1917, 1939, 1954
235 News Clippings Regarding Arizona Politics, 1951-1952, Undated
236 News Clippings Regarding Various Arizona Issues, Primarily Water, 1954, Undated
237 Methodist House Tape Transcripts, Undated
Lectures on various Arizona-related topics probably directed at general audiences.
238 Colorado River Development Tape Transcripts, Undated
239 [Not Used?]
240 Colorado River Water Desalinization: Notes and Editorial Regarding HR 6578, 1964, Undated
241 Colorado River: Palo Verde District/Gila Project: Speech, Hearings, and Comments, 1946, 1950, Undated
242 Colorado River: Supreme Court Decision: Transcripts of Tapes Recorded for Carl T. Hayden, 1963, Undated
243/OV2 Caricature of Murdock, Undated