William H. Hammond papers, 1917-circa 1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hammond, William H., 1908-2001
William H. Hammond papers
1917-circa 1965 (inclusive)
8.5 linear feet, (11 containers)  :  3 record storage boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize flat box, 4 photo boxes, 1 oversize portfolio
Collection Number
Coll 462
William H. Hammond (1908-2001) served in the military during World War II and in state agencies in Oregon for much of his career. He was active in fraternal organizations including the Kiwanis. The collection consists of documentation of Hammond's career and colleagues.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are restricted due to the fragility of the format. All decisions regarding use will be at the discretion of the curator for visual materials.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

William H. "Bill" Hammond was born April 6, 1908 and grew up in Oregon City, OR. From 1923-1930 he worked part time for the Morning Enterprise newspaper in Oregon City, selling ads and doing a variety of other work. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1930 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, studying journalism, pre-law and business. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. At the University he worked for the Daily Emerald as business manager, and maintained a lifelong interest in newspapers. In 1929 he spent the summer researching for Earl Bunting & Associates Marketing Counselors. Following graduation Hammond served as statistician and special assistant to the Oregon Secretary of State, Hal Elden Hoss.

In 1931 Hammond began working for the State of Oregon, managing the Driver's License Division. He wrote the first manual adopted by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators on the subject of driver license examination procedure. From 1940-1946 he was on active military service, then resumed work at Driver's License Division until 1947. That year Hammond became Administrator of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, supervising 500 employees, following the policies set by commissioners. In 1951 he became First Vice President of the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association. Hammond left public service in 1951 and became a businessman, working for Union Security and Commonwealth, Inc., managing properties and mortgage loan activities. He later moved to Washington State.

His military career began in 1937 at Fort Lewis, WA. In 1940 he was at Fort Ord, CA with the 3rd Division. In 1941 he was back at Fort Lewis, attended training school at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and went on maneuvers at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA with the 41st Division. In 1943 he served in Alaska, with Kermit Roosevelt. When the Western Defense Command was established at the Presidio, under General De Witt, Hammond was there serving as a staff officer. Other military colleagues included the Adjutant of the State of Oregon, Thomas E. Rilea; Gen. Sweeney and Gen. White.

Bill Hammond was active in several organizations including the Oregon Dads, Salem Chamber of Commerce, North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, Salem United Fund, American Legion, Elks, and Alpha Delta Sigma. He was extremely active in the Kiwanis, serving as president of the Salem club and Lt. Governor of the Pacific Northwest region.

Hammond retired to Olympia, Washington, where he passed away on November 19, 2001. Hammond was married and had a daughter born in 1937.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, memorabilia and photographs documenting William H. Hammond's military service, his public service and business interests, and his colleagues.

The photographs series consists of 116 photographs and one album. An album compiles a history of his military career and people with whom he served, and other images from this period include official portraits with handwritten dedications to Hammond from Capt. Thomas L. Gatch, Maj. General White, and Adjutant for the State of Oregon, Thomas Rilea. From his work in Oregon government are posed photographs of Hammond and colleagues, and a series of official portraits with handwritten dedications to Hammond from Oregon statesmen and bureaucrats, including Secretary of State Hal Elden Hoss, Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell Jr., Gov. Earl Snell and Gov. John H. Hall. Hammond was active in the Salem, Oregon business community for many years and participated in fraternal organizations including the Kiwanis. Oregonian Douglas McKay, then US Secretary of the Interior, is depicted speaking in 1955 to his former lodgemates of the Salem Kiwanis. Many of the images in the collection are group shots showing Hammond speaking at meetings or attending conferences, sometimes goofing around with other men. Two images show a reunion of his college fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. An aerial image captures the stage at a 1940 campaign rally for Oregonian Charles McNary, who was running for vice president on the Wendell Willkie ticket. Hammond's family appears rarely.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Alcohol--Law and legislation--Oregon
  • Armed Forces--Officers
  • Fraternal organizations--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • McKay, Douglas, 1893-1959
  • McNary, Charles Linza, 1874-1944
  • Corporate Names :
  • Kiwanis International
  • Oregon Liquor Control Commission
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Lantern slides