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Frank C. Murphy papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/168

Scope and Content

The collection (circa 1950-2010, undated) contains color and black and white prints, sketches and pencil studies, press proofs, and posters of Frank Murphy's agricultural advertising illustration work for companies such as Ful-O-Pep, Purina, and Pfizer. The artwork was created primarily in watercolors, acrylics, ink, and pencil media. The drawings, illustrations, and paintings consist chiefly of farm animals including poultry, swine, and cattle. Of interest are the numerous images Mr. Murphy created for the American Angus Association, which include full color posters of Angus cattle. The papers also include biographical information regarding Mr. Murphy.


  • circa 1950-2010, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Frank Champion Murphy grew up in Brownsville, Texas. He began drawing the livestock on the Champion ranch. Mr. Murphy attended Iowa State University and obtained a B.S. (1943) in economics and journalism. He then joined the Navy and was discharged in 1945. After serving his country, he decided to pursue a career in advertising illustration. He attended illustration courses at two Chicago commercial art schools and worked as an apprentice under the GI Bill. While an apprentice, Mr. Murphy was able to do some freelance work, and his first account was with the Quaker Oats Company in their Ful-O-Pep Feeds Division.

Later, Mr. Murphy collaborated with Harry Barger, Ful-O-Pep account executive, and Lloyd Miller of the American Aberdeen-Angus Association, to promote the Angus breed in America. This team produced advertising and promotional material for over 25 years and were an important factor in the increased popularity of the Angus breed. Over the years, Mr. Murphy pursued freelance work and created many posters, magazine and newspaper advertisements, and brochures for a variety of corporate clients and magazine publishers, primarily in the agribusiness field. He has served as the Official Artist of the American Angus Association for over 50 years.

Mr. Murphy passed away on June 28, 2010.


7.0 Linear Feet (2 oversized boxes and 1 map case drawer)


This collection is organized according to a numbering system designed by Mr. Murphy. Biographical information about Mr. Murphy is at the beginning of the collection.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/7/168. Frank C. Murphy papers, circa 1950-2010, undated
January 15, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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