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John F. Murray Lecture Series Collection

Identifier: RG01.0011.004

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Scope and Contents

The John F. Murray Lecture Series Collection consists of news releases, promotional announcements, and some texts of speeches, beginning with the series' inception in 1952. Photographs: None


  • Creation: 1952-1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

An endowment fund to support visiting lecturers' appearances at the State University of Iowa was established following the death in 1945 of Mrs. Bessie Dutton Murray, widow of John F. Murray (1872-1936), of Wheatland, Iowa. According to Mrs. Murray's will, her $150,000 gift to the University was to provide scholarships and lectures in the fields of business administration, journalism, and law in memory of her husband.

John F. Murray was born September 28, 1872, in Monroe, Iowa. Early in his career he was appointed to the advertising staff of the Wrigley chewing gum firm where he coined the highly successful trade name, "Juicy Fruit." Later, Mr. Murray established his own advertising agency in New York, and in 1909 created the Murray Newspaper Service and the Murray Syndicate Cut Service. He also formed the Wyeth Chemical Company which ultimately absorbed several drug companies and became the American Home Products Corporation, one of the largest firms in its field.


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Method of Acquisition

The John F. Murray Lecture Series Collection was transferred to the University Libraries prior to 1970. Box contents list compiled by Ryan Knight in 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242