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James W. Clise papers, 1932-1961

Overview of the Collection

Creator
James W. Clise, 1900-1961
Title
James W. Clise papers
Dates
1932-1961 (inclusive)
Quantity
15.0 linear feet, (10 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 114
Summary
James W. Clise (1900-1961) held executive positions in Asbestos Supply Companies and several vermiculite companies and was involved in libertarian political activities. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, personal and business files, speeches, articles, and published letters.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

James W. Clise was born in Seattle, Washington, on September 1, 1900. He graduated from Yale in 1922 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was marries twice, once to Eunice Padelford with whom he had four children, and once to Dagny Wulf. His professional life centered in Seattle, as did the coordination of his libertarian political activities. Clise held executive positions in Asbestos Supply Companies, 1923-1951, and several vermiculite companies. He was also a member of numerous professional, civic, and recreational organizations.

By maintaining several mailing lists, Clise acted as an unofficial hub of conservative and libertarian political interchange. He coordinated distribution of letters, statements, speeches, pamphlets, books and movies, and radio shows to selected businessmen, local government officials, congressmen, and other interested parties. He worked in numerous organizations which advocated libertarian principles of personal freedom of choice, individual responsibility, limitation of government spending, taxation and decentralization of power. These organizations included For America, America' s Future, the Campaign for the 48 States, the Church League of America, Foundation for Economic Education, International Survives of Information Foundation, Intercollegiate Society of Individuals, and Youth for Goldwater.

In order to locate some of the causes of friction between economic groups and to facilitate better understanding, Clise conducted public opinion polls in labor halls, service clubs, civic executive meetings, women's clubs, church organizations, and college and high school groups. Clise also worked hard to coordinate support within these groups for the 23rd amendment, or the Bricker amendment.

In addition to keeping lines of communication open between political groups, Clise corresponded extensively with a number of conservative and libertarian individuals, such as: T. Coleman Andrews, Frederick E. Baker. Faldy A Harper, Henry Hazlitt, James C. Ingebretsen, Robert LeFevre, Lawrence Timbers, and William C. Mullendore. Clise also supported conservative authors such as Bryton Barron, Ludwig von Mises and Elwood Smith. Close continued many of these activities until his death in 1961.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The James W. Clise Papers consist basically of one main series of correspondence and subject files arranged alphabetically by individuals or organizations. There are a few personal and business files at the end of the collection, as well as some of Clise's speeches, articles, and published letters.

Mr. Clise corresponded regularly with the leaders of the American conservative movement and his letters detail the philosophy which he and others developed in the post-war period. As a contributor of financial and philosophical assistance, Clise's correspondence is vital to the student of the conservative movement.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James W. Clise Papers, Coll 114, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Or.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Correspondence and Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
A -- General
1
Ad on foreign policy for America
1955
1
Agrarian Reform
1955
1
Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals
1952-1953
1
American Bureau for Medical Aid to China
1951-1961
1
American China Policy Association (Alfred Kohlberg)
1951-1954
1
American Council of Christian Laymen (Verne P. Kaub)
1957
1
American Economic Foundation. General
1949-1960
1
American Economic Foundation Pacific Northwest District
19532-1954
1
American Economic Foundation. Program in Latrobe. Pennsylvania
1951-1952
1
American Enterprise Association
1956-1961
1
American Farm Bureau Federation
1955
1
American Mercury
1951-1957
1
American Motors. (George Romney)
1957-1958
1
Americans for Constitutional Action. (Ben Moreell)
1956-1959
1
America's Future. (John T. Flynn)
1947-1960
1
Andelson, Robert Vernon. (Arlington College)
1955-1957
1
Anderson, Robert B. (U.S. Secretary of Treasury)
1959
1
Andrews, Lloyd (Washington State Superintendent of Schools)
1956-1958
1
Andrews, T. Coleman
1956
1
Anti-subversion laws
1954
1
Armstrong Cork Company (H.W. Prentis, Jr.)
1956-1960
1
Arnold, Lawrence
1956-1958
1
Asia Foundation. (Asia College)
1955-1956
1
Association of Washington Industries
1957-1961
1
Automobile Club of Washington
1949-1954
1
B -- General
1
Baker, Dorothy
1957-1958
1
Baker, Fredrick E
1944-1954
1
Bank of America
1952-1954
1
Bannon, Thomas J. (Western Gear Works, Seattle)
1951-1952
1
Bantz, William
1958
1
Barrie, Jay
1958-1959
1
Barron, Bryton: "Inside the State Department
1957-1959
1
Bayley, Frank S., Sr
1952-1958
1
Beezley, P. C
1959
1
Better Business Standards Association
1951
1
Bierly, Ivan R. (William Volker Fund)
1958-1959
1
John Birch Society. (Robert Welch)
1955-1960
1
Birnie, Helen W
1956
1
Blum, Walter
1957
1
Bogs bill. (H. R. 2815)
1956
1
Books. (Buying list)
1957-1959
1
Bradford, Ralph: "Heritage"
1954-1958
1
Browne, Edward Rambo
1954-1960
1
"Bullets, blood and brothels"
1956
1
Business holdings of universities
1947-1948
1
Butterbaugh, Grant I. (University of Washington)
1959
1
C -- General
1
Cain, Harry P
1949-1955
1
Camp Columbia Incorporated, Whits Salmon, Washington
1960-1961
1
Campaign for the 48 states. (Robert B. Snowden)
1955-1957
1
Canada General Fund
1955-1959
1
Canwell, Al
1950-1957
1
Caraher, Joe
1954
1
Care. Hong-Kong project
1954-1955
1
Castle, Eugene W.: "The great giveaway"
1959
1
Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho. (J. H. Gipson, Sr.)
1955-1958
1
Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A
1952-1958
1
China Club of Seattle
1949-1961
2
China Institute in America
1951-1957
2
Chodorov, Frank
1957-1958
2
Christian Freedom Foundation (Howard E. Kershner)
1958-1959
2
Church League of America; National Laymen's Council. (George Robnett)
1951-1960
2
Citizens Information Committee, Tacoma, Washington
1953-1954
2
City manager government, Puyallup, Washington
1950-1951
2
Civic Projects: County reorganization merit system
1949-1950
2
Civic Projects: National and international
1950-1951
2
Civic Projects: State
1944-1952
2
Clinchy, Russell J. (Church in the Gardens)
1954-1959
2
College of Puget Sound
1952-1955
2
Committee against Summit Entanglements. (Robert Welch)
1959
2
Committee for Constitutional Government. (Will I. King; Edward A. Rumely)
1949-1957
2
Committee for Economic Development
1951-1954
2
Committee for One Million. (Marvin Leibman)
1954-1957
2
Committee to Defend America by Aiding Anti-Communist China
1949-1953
2
Committee to Proclaim Liberty
1951
2
Communism
1959
2
Communism: Mrs. John T. McCullough
1951
2
Community Chest: Weaknesses
1957
2
Community Memorial Hospital
1952
2
Congress of Freedom, San Francisco, California
1955
2
Contributions and solicitations
1953-1961
2
Courtney, Kent
1959-1960
2
Crane, Jasper E
1957-1960
2
D -- general
2
Devin-Adair Company, Publishers
1955-1958
2
DeMille Foundation
1950-1957
2
Dickinson, Phillips
1955-1959
2
Dubach, U. G
1957-1959
2
Dwinnell, Stanley
1954-1961
2
E -- general
2
Economic Work Shop, University of Washington
1959
2
Economists' National Committee on Monetary Policy. (Walter E. Spahr)
1951-1961
2
Edison, Charles
1952-1957
2
Eisenhower, Dwight D
1949-1957
2
Embree, Charlie (Whitworth College)
1957-1958
2
Eminent Domain
1959
2
Episcopal Church
1947-1960
2
F -- general
2
Fair Employment Practices Committee
1948
2
Fairchild, Fred R.: "Understanding out Free Economy"
1957-1958
2
Faith and Freedom. February
1957
2
Federal aid vs. Public education
1956
3
Foundation for Economic Education: I (Leonard E. Read, W. M. Curtiss, Edmund A. Opitz)
1951-1961
3
Foundation for Economic Education: II
1951-1961
3
Foundation for Economic Education: III
1951-1961
3
Foundation for Economic Education: IV
1951-1961
3
Foundation for Economic Education: V
1951-1961
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Bunny letters
1957
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Clipping File
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Distribution of Mussatti's "Constitution of the U. S"
1955
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Distribution of Read's "Government -- and Ideal Concept"
1954-1955
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Distribution of Read's "How to Win a War"
1960
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Distribution of Harpers "Why wages rise"
1958
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Leonard Read luncheon
1954
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Miscellaneous projects
1957-1959
3
Foundation for Economic Education: "Notes"
1960
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Operation Clergy
1956-1957
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Printed matter
1955-1960
3
Foundation for Economic Education: "The Remnant"
1957-1960
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Replies to Clise's solicitation letter
1952
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Report on Freedom
1956-1957
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Reserves
1958-1959
3
Foundation for Economic Education: Elwood Smith Letter Project
1957
3
Fenstermaker, J. R
1954-1959
3
Ficken's report
1951
3
Fifield, James W., Jr
1957-1958
3
Fitch, Geraldine
1952-1959
3
Fluoridation
1956-1959
3
For America
1955-1958
3
Form letters on annual meeting or corporations
1954
3
Fort Wayne Civic Association Newsletter
1949
3
Forty Mill Tax Committee
1949-1960
3
Foundation for International Understanding through Students
1954-1959
3
Fowler, George B. (Valley Paper Company)
1959
3
Free Men Speak, Incorporated. (Kent and Phoebe Courtney)
1957
3
Free Workers Political Action Committee
1951
3
Freedom Forum: XVI
1955
3
Freedom Forum: XVII
1956
3
Freedom Forum: XX
1959
4
Freedom Forum: XXI
1960
4
Freedom Foundation, Valley Forge
1956-1959
4
Freedom Fund (Carl T. Chadsey)
1958-1960
4
Freedom Libraries
1954
4
Freeman, Roger
1959
4
The Freeman
1951-1958
4
Friedman, Milton
1957
4
Freight rates (Fred H. Tolan)
1960
4
Fuller, Edward J
1952-1955
4
G -- general
4
Gellert, N. H
1951-1960
4
Goddard, W. G.: "Report on Formosa"
1955
4
Gold Standard. I
1952
4
Gold Standard. II
1952
4
Gold Standard. III
1952
4
Gold Standard League. (Philip McKenna)
1952-1955
4
Gold Standard League: Washington State Organization
1952
4
Goldwater, Barry
1960
4
Government Research Incorporated
1949
4
Granite, Mark
1952-1958
4
Graves, Morris
1948-1949
4
Green, Joshua
1949-1958
4
Greene, Taylor M
1956
4
Gregersen, Magnus I
1956-1960
4
Guarantee Trust Company of New York
1958-1959
4
Gwinn, Ralph
1957-1961
4
H -- general
4
Haggemann, H. Frederick, Jr
1959
4
Harbor Plywood Corporation, Aberdeen, Washington
1953
4
Harding College
1949-1961
4
Harding College: Freedom Forum
1952
4
Harper, F. A. (William Volker Fund; Foundation for Voluntary Welfare)
1957-1961
4
Harper, F. A.: "Public dis-utilities
1956
4
Hausske, Gene
1954-1958
4
Hawkes, Albert W
1949-1957
4
Hazlitt, Henry. (Newsweek)
1957-1959
4
Hazlitt, Henry: "The Seemy side of TVA"
1955
4
Heard's Gerald
1957-1959
4
Hell's Canyon Dam
1957
4
Holmes, Hal
1955-1959
4
House un-American Activities Committee
1960
4
Human Events
1956-1960
4
Humphrey, George M
1956-1957
4
Hutchinson, B. E
1958-1960
4
I -- general
4
International Services of Information Foundation
1958-1960
5
Ingebretsen, James C. (Spiritual Mobilization; Foundation for Social Research)
1952-1961
5
Institute of Life Insurance
1959
5
Intelligence Digest
1950-1959
5
Intercollegiate Society of Individualists
1955-1961
5
International Rescue Committee. (Operation Brotherhood)
1955
5
Investors League
1951-1961
5
Investors League: Essay contest
1952
5
J -- general
5
Jackson, Henry M
1953-1958
5
Jain, Prakash (Voice of India)
1959-1960
5
Jeffersonian Democrats
1952
5
Jewish problem
1956-1957
5
Johnston, Eric
1958-1959
5
Jones, Mark M
1958-1960
5
Judd, Walter H
1953-1956
5
Junior Achievement of Seattle
1955-1958
5
K -- general
5
Kiplinger Washington Agency
1949-1956
5
Knowland, William F
1956-1957
5
Kohlberg, Alfred
1953-1959
5
Khrushchev, Christ or K
1959
5
L -- general
5
Lake Washington bridge
1959
5
Langenberg, Harry
1958-1961
5
Langlie, Arthur B
1951-1956
5
Lawrence, David
1955-1957
5
Lawson, Kenneth
1949-1959
5
Lee, J. Bracken (American Statesman)
1957-1960
5
LeFevre, Robert (Freedom School)
1956-1961
5
Lewis, Fulton Jr
1959-1960
5
Library for technical research
1958
5
Life Insurance Policyholders Protective Association
1949-1955
5
Life Line. (Wayne Poucher)
1958-1961
5
Lilienthal, David: "What price Israel"
1957
5
Lincoln Educational Foundation
1955-1957
5
Lindsey, A. J
1958-1959
5
Long, Hamilton
1954-1958
5
M -- general
5
McCarran Immigration Law
1953
5
McIntire, Carl (Twentieth Century Reformation Hour)
1958-1960
5
McLaughlin, Frank
1955-1958
5
Magnuson, Warren G
1949-1959
5
Mailings. General I
6
Mailings. General II
6
Mailings. General III
6
Mailings. General IV
6
Mailings: American Legion resolutions
1955
6
Mailings: Devin-Adair book project
1955
6
Mailings: The Freeman
1954
6
Mailings: Heritage
1952-1955
6
Mailings: Magazines to foreign countries
1952
6
Mailings: The Road Ahead
1950
6
Mailings: Robinson Crusoe
1952
6
Mailings: Spiritual Mobilization calendar
1958
6
Mailings: Why wages rise
1957
6
Mailings: Words to live by calendar
1956
6
"Mainspring" by Richard Weaver
1955-1961
6
"Mainspring": Boy Scouts of America Project
1959
6
"Mainspring": China Club
1960
6
"Mainspring": Memorial gifts
1957-1958
6
"Mainspring": Pacific Northwest Development Association
1957
6
Manion, Clarence
1952-1960
6
May, Catherine
1958-1959
6
Mayer Report
1958
6
Mitchell, Harry O'Daniel
1952-1953
6
Montana school district lists
1954
6
Moran Junior College
1932-1933
6
Morrison, Jay: "A date which will live in infamy"
1951-1957
6
Mullendore, William C
1954-1958
6
Municipal League of Seattle and King County
1944-1961
7
N -- general
7
National Association of manufacturers
1951-1960
7
National Conference of Government (National Municipal League)
1955
7
National Economic Council. (Merwin K. Hart)
1951-1959
7
"N. E. A. Got its Fingers Burned"
1955
7
National Education Program (Harding College)
1955-1958
7
National Federation of Republican Women
1956
7
National Municipal League
1951-1957
7
National Republic
1955-1957
7
National Review (William F. Buckley, Jr.)
1955-1960
7
National Survey of Conservatives
1959-1960
7
National Tax Equality Association
1955-1959
7
Navy, Featherbedding
1948-1956
7
"Nine Men Against America" by Rosalie Gordon
1958
7
Nixon, Richard M
1957-1959
7
Non-tax supported colleges (Associations of Non-tax-supported colleges and universities in Washington Incorporated)
1954-1955
7
Northwest Citizens Defense Committee
1953
7
Northwest Memorial Hospital Association
1952-1958
7
O -- general
7
Olympic games
1959
7
Opitz, Edmund A.: "The powers that be; cause studies of the church in politics"
1956
7
Oxford group
1934
7
P -- general
7
Pacific Northwest Development Association
1955-1960
7
Padelford, Mr. and Mrs. F. M
1950-1959
7
Parkinson, C. Northcote: "Parkinson's Second Law"
1960
7
Paton: "Shirtsleeve economics"
1959
7
Parker, Loyd: "Gold report"
1959
7
Pelly, Thomas M
1953-1960
7
People's National Bank of Washington
1951-1958
7
Pepperdine College
1954-1959
7
Petersen, Arthur W
1959
7
Peterson, William H
1959-1960
7
Petro, Sylvester: "labor policy of the free society"
1957
7
Pew, J. Howard
1957-1960
7
Pike, Claude
1960
7
Pinel Foundation
1948-1951
7
Poling Daniel A.: "Anti-reds"
1950
7
Political. General
1950-1959
7
Political: Al Canwell for Congress Committee
1952
7
Political: City
1958-1960
7
Political: Constitution Party
1959-1960
7
Political: Dear Bob
1959
7
Political: Fall campaigns
1952-1958
7
Political: King County
1950-1958
7
Political: National
1950-1961
8
Political: National. Washington State Congressmen
1950
8
Political: National. 1960 elections
1960
8
Political: National. Presidential elections
1952
8
Political: "Questionnaire"
1960
8
Political: Republican Campaign Committee of Washington
1951-1954
8
Political: State. I
1950-1951
8
Political: State. II
8
Political: State. III
8
Political: U.S. Congress. Walt Woodward Campaign
1950
8
Pollock, David. Job Research, Incorporated
1954-1960
8
Post Office Department
1950-1960
8
Pound, Roscoe: "Legal Immunities of Labor Unions"
1957
8
Pro America (National Organization of Republican Women)
1951-1955
8
Preferential voting
1958
8
Project X
1958
8
R -- general
8
Railroad rates
1958
8
Rainier Club
1959
8
Reader's Digest
1960-1961
8
Henry Regnery. Company
1958
8
Reinhardt. Bryson
1956-1959
8
R.O.T.C. Oath
1955
8
Richardson Foundation
1957
8
Robinson, Claude (Opinion Research Corporation Princeton Panel)
1957
8
Rogge, Ben A. (Wabash College)
1958-1959
8
Rotenberg, Simon (University of Chicago)
1960
8
Rowe, David N. (Yale University)
1957
8
Russell, Dean
1958-1960
8
Russia and the Big Red Lie by Lloyd Mallon
1959-1960
8
S -- general
8
SPX. (Tome R. Hutton)
1960-1961
8
St.-Ivanyi, Alexander
1958-1961
8
Sample literature
1948-1950
8
"Say it safely" by Paul Ashley
1957
8
School directors project
1954-1955
8
Schoolmaster case, by Jay Morrison
1957-1958
8
Schwarz, Fred C
1957-1958
8
Schwepe, Alfred J
1955-1958
8
Seattle Chamber of Commerce
1959
8
Seattle Foundation
1949-1951
8
Seattle Post Intelligencer editorial
1950-1954
8
Seattle Public Library
1950-1956
8
Seattle Symphony
1950
8
Silver
1953
8
Single tax
1957-1958
8
Shosshone County Anti-Communist Association (Nellie L. McCarthy)
1952-1953
8
Smith College
1954
8
Smoot, Dan
1956-1961
8
Smoot, Dan: H. J. R. 355
1957
8
Smoot, Dan: Socialist Insecurity project
1957
8
Smoot, Dan: March 25, 1957 project
1957
8
Smoot, Dan: Wire to Herbert Hoover Jr
1956
8
Social Security
1957-1960
8
Spengler, Oswald
1959
8
Spring Chadbourne
1954
8
Standard Insurance Company
1950-1960
8
Stans, Maurice H.: "Responsibility; formula fro progress"
1960
8
Stoddard, Robert W.: "How ripe is U.S. for plucking?"
1960
8
Stone, Willis E. (American Progress Foundation)
1955-1957
8
Student Loyalty Oaths
1951-1960
9
Students for America. (Bob Andelson)
1953-1955
9
Subversives
1955
9
"Summit"
1960
9
T -- general
9
Taft-Hartley Act
1954
9
Tariff
1960
9
Tax exemption of co-operatives
1950-1951
9
Tax Revolt
1959
9
Tax Revolt, Ritzville, Washington
1959
9
Thatcher School
1951-1959
9
Thanksgiving project
1958
9
Timbers, Lawrence (advertising Specialty Company)
1955-1961
9
Tollefson, Thor C
1954-1955
9
Tri-city Herald, Pasco, Washington
1950
9
"Two ways to slavery" by James Rogers
1959
9
U -- general
9
Un-American activities
1948-1950
9
Union Printers' bug
1949-1952
9
United Good Neighbors
1954-1960
9
Unitarian project
1956-1957
9
United Nations and UNICEF
1954-1956
9
United Nations booklet
1960
9
United Nations (Tax exemption)
1955
9
United States Junior Chamber of Commerce
1955
9
United States Steel brochure
1958
9
U.S.A. Bill of Right fable
1950
9
V -- general
9
Voluntary Unionism (Right to work)
1952
9
Von Mises, Ludwig
1959
9
W -- general
9
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (John G. Kelly)
1952
9
Washington. Assessors
1955
9
Washington: State Pollution Control Commission
1954
9
Washington: State Research Council (Washington State Taxpayers Association)
1950-1961
9
Washington: University
1955-1959
9
Watts, V. Orval
1957-1960
9
Weeks, Sinclair
1957
9
Western Tax Council
1960
9
Westland, Jack
1955-1958
9
White, Andrew Dixon: "Fiat money inflation in France
1959
9
Whitworth College
1954-1960
9
Williams, J. Harvie: "I sensible budget"
1959
9
Williams, W. Walter
1952-1954
9
Wire tapping law
1954-1955
9
"Wolf pack is now after Senator Eastland," by G. W. Robnett
1956
9
World Affairs Council
1952-1954
9
World's Fair
1959
10
XYZ -- general
10
Yale-in-China (W. R. Wheeler)
1952-1960
10
Yale-in-China: Fund raising campaign
1948
10
Yale University
1948-1957
10
Yale University: Scholarships holders
1956
10
Yale University: Torch Society
1955
10
Yankus, Stanley Jr
1958-1959
10
Young Americans for Freedom
1960-1961
10
Young Men's Christian Association
1958
10
Zonolite Company
1951-1959

Personal and Business FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
10
Asbestos Building Partnership (George Baccrich)
1939-1951
10
Asbestos Supply Company of Seattle
1932-1951
10
Celotex Corporation (Regional corporations)
1948-1951
10
James Clise Fund
1952
10
Letters to and from parents
1935-1936

Clise Speeches, Articles, Published Letters, etcReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
10
Form letters
10
Letters to the editor
10
Miscellaneous comments
10
Speeches
10
Writings