Clyde Bruce Aitchison papers, 1853-1961  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Aitchison, Clyde B. (Clyde Bruce), 1875-1962Aitchison, John Young Teal, Joseph Nathan, 1858-1929United States. Interstate Commerce Commission.
Title
Clyde Bruce Aitchison papers
Dates
1853-1961 (inclusive)
Quantity
60.5 linear feet, (48 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 102
Summary
Clyde Bruce Aitchison (1875-1962) was an attorney, Commissioner of the Oregon Railroad Commission/Public Service Commission, solicitor for the National Association of Railroad Commissioners, and Interstate Commerce Commissioner. Papers include personal Clyde Bruce Aitchison (1875-1962) was an attorney, Commissioner of the Oregon Railroad Commission/Public Service Commission, solicitor for the National Association of Railroad Commissioners, and Interstate Commerce Commissioner. Papers include personal correspodence, family records, business records of organizations, professional correspondence memos, project files, case files, diaries, and publications., family records, business records of organizations, professional correspondence, memos, project files, case files, diaries, and publications.
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
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Clyde Bruce Aitchison (1875-1962) was an attorney and Interstate Commerce Commissioner. He was born in Iowa, educated at Hastings College, Neb., University of Oregon, and American University. He began the practice of law at Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1896, and moved to Portland, Ore., in 1903. He was Commissioner of the Oregon Railroad Commission and its successor the Public Service Commission, 1907-1916, and solicitor for the National Association of Railroad Commissioners, 1916-1917. From 1917 to 1952 he was Commissioner, Interstate Commerce Commission. After his retirement from I.C.C. he engaged in private law and consultation practice.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

(1) Correspondence and documents of the Aitchison family, 1853-1907, beginning with Agnes Aitchison and John Young Aitchison, grandmother and father, respectively, of Clyde B. Aitchison. An important series is the letters, documents, sermons, and copybooks of John Young Aitchison, Baptist clergyman, educated in Scotland, who had a wide reputation in the Middle West as a speaker and pastor.

(2) Early papers relating to Clyde B. Aitchison, as a student at Hastings College, as an attorney in Iowa and Oregon, and as Oregon Railroad Commissioner. Correspondence includes a series between Clyde B. Aitchison and his mother and other family members, 1906-1924. An important series is a long exchange, 1915-1929, between Aitchison and Joseph Teal, Portland attorney, referring to Portland politics and social affairs.

(3) Outgoing correspondence of Aitchison as Interstate Commerce Commissioner, 1919-1952, together with official memoranda and minor personal correspondence. This series of 89 volumes is chronologically arranged; with a name index in each volume. There is also a series of miscellaneous loose letters, some personal, some official, arranged by correspondent.

(4) Memoranda of the Interstate Commerce Commission, including conference, general, and legislative memoranda. Included in this group is a series of records relating to the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Attorney General's Committee on Administrative Procedure, 1939-1949.

(5) Case file of the Interstate Commerce Commission, with correspondence and documents relating to each case. The file commences with railroad valuation cases, and follows with certain ex parte and docket numbered cases. In most instances the files include transcripts of testimony.

(6) Special projects undertaken by Commissioner Aitchison. The first deals with a study of Federal control of railroads, particularly in wartime. The second is a study of British railroad regulation.

(7) Documents relating to Aitchison's career as private attorney and consultant after 1952. Includes his services for the Board of Transport Commissioners for Canada, for the National Traffic Committee, and for the National Motor Freight Traffic Association.

(8) Personal miscellany between 1952 and 1961, including a chronological file of all outgoing personal and business letters. Contains Aitchison's diaries and memo books, 1913-1960, and a collection of his addresses and publications.

(9) 1985 Accession includes a clipping, journal, and books.

An Inventory of the Clyde B. Aitchison Papers was published by the University of Oregon Library in 1962 as Occasional Paper no. 1.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clyde Bruce Aitchison papers, Ax 102, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Baptists--Clergy
  • Baptists--Clergy--Correspondence
  • Interstate commerce--United States--Cases
  • Lawyers--Iowa
  • Lawyers--Oregon
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Railroads and state--United States
  • Railroads--Oregon
  • Transportation--Law and legislation--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Aitchison, Clyde B. (Clyde Bruce), 1875-1962--Correspondence
  • Aitchison, Clyde B. (Clyde Bruce), 1875-1962--Diaries
  • Aitchison, John Young--Correspondence
  • Teal, Joseph Nathan, 1858-1929--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Attorney General's Committee on Administrative Procedure.
  • United States. Interstate Commerce Commission.
  • Family Names :
  • Atchison family
  • Atchison family--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)--Politics and government--20th century
  • Portland (Or.)--Social life and customs
  • United States--Commerce--History--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Sermons