Zoe R. Murphy papers
Scope and Content
This collection (1899-1983, undated) contains biographical information, correspondence, printed matter, and material related to Master Farm Homemakers and to the Rural Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Wallace’s Farmer and the National Education Association. The printed matter includes bulletins and pamphlets of recipes and information of interest to homemakers.
- 1899-1983, undated
- Murphy, Zoe R. (Person)
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Open for research.
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Zoe R. Murphy was born at West Bend, Iowa, and grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. She attended North Dakota State Teachers College, Fargo, North Dakota; took nurses training at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D. C.; attended George Washington University, Washington, D. C. for a year and attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, for a year. For two years she taught school in Minnesota. In 1923 she married Donald R. Murphy.
In 1936 Mrs. Murphy joined the staff of Wallace’s Farmer as Homemaking Editor in which capacity she supervised homemaking copy; wrote three to four lead articles per year; ran the State Fair booth; handled the Rural Teacher Award and traveled extensively throughout the state to meet with homemakers and 4-H groups. In the 1940s she established the annual Master Homemaker Award; helped organize the National Farm Home Editors Association in 1947 and became president in 1958. She was an active volunteer in community affairs such as the First Baptist Church, Des Moines, Iowa; the Polk County Mental Health Association, Iowa State Library Board and Civil Liberties Union. She retired in 1974.
1.68 Linear Feet (3 document boxes and 2 half-document boxes)
The collection is organized into six series:
Series 1, Biographical information, 1899-1983
Series 2, Bulletins and pamphlets, 1931-1966, undated
Series 3, Correspondence, 1953-1971, undated
Series 4, Master Farm Homemaker, 1947-1983
Series 5, The Soil and Health News, 1980-1983
Series 6, Teacher of the Year, 1958-1967
Released on 2018-11-01.
- MS-0162. Zoe R. Murphy papers, 1899-1983, undated
- December 12, 2018
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