James Redden papers, circa 1932-2012  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Redden, James A.
Title
James Redden papers
Dates
circa 1932-2012 (inclusive)
1957-2012 (bulk)
Quantity
12.2 cubic feet, (8 record cartons, 3 document cases, and 6 flat boxes)
Collection Number
Coll 603
Summary
Papers, photographs, and ephemera relating to the career of Oregon legislator and judge James Redden.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James Redden was born in 1929 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of dentist James A. Redden, Sr. and Alma Redden. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and served two years with the American occupation forces in Japan. After his military service, he married Joan Johnson, with whom he would have two sons, James III and Bill. Redden earned a belated high school diploma, and studied at Boston College’s School of Law, graduating in 1954.

In 1955, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where Redden took the Oregon State Bar exam. After a few brief jobs, the Reddens moved to Medford, where Redden built a law practice and became immersed in politics. In 1962, he ran as the Democratic candidate for the 19th District in the Oregon House of Representatives, and won. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives for six years, becoming the Minority Leader in 1967. From 1969 to 1972 he was chairman of the Public Relations Board. Redden then successfully ran for Oregon State Treasurer. In 1976, he successfully ran to become Attorney General of Oregon.

Redden’s career moved from the legislative branch to the judicial branch when President Jimmy Carter nominated him to a seat on the United States District Court of Oregon in December 1979, and was confirmed February 1980. He served as chief judge from 1990 to 1995, and then assumed senior status, but continued to remain active as a judge. During the early 21st century, Redden emerged as figure in conflicts between industrial and environmental concerns regarding hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River, rejecting two plans advanced by the United States government on the grounds that they failed to adequately protect various salmon species.

In 1996, the United States Senate passed a bill introduced by Mark O. Hatfield that named the federal courthouse in Medford, Oregon after Redden.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of papers, photographs, and ephemera relating to James Redden’s career. Materials from both his time as a legislator and a judge are present, along with personal papers and speeches. Papers from his time as a judge include correspondence he had with prison inmates. The collection houses scrapbooks that document Redden’s career as a politician. The majority of photographs in the collection relate to Redden’s political career, including images of him campaigning in the 1970s. Additional materials include ephemera from the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Redden served as a delegate.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

James Redden papers, Coll 603, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A :   Personal papers ,  1969-2012 Return to Top

Consists of papers in folders labeled "Redden Personal."

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Papers and correspondence
1969
1/2
Papers and correspondence
1970
1/3
Papers and correspondence
1971
1/4
Papers and correspondence
1972
1/5
Papers and correspondence
1978
1/6
Papers and correspondence
1979
1/7
Papers and correspondence
1980
1/8
Papers and correspondence
1981
1/9
Papers and correspondence
1982
1/10
Papers and correspondence
1983
1/11
Papers and correspondence
1984
1/12
Papers and correspondence
1985
1/13
Papers and correspondence
1986
1/14
Papers and correspondence
1987
1/15
Papers and correspondence
1988
1/16
Papers and correspondence
1989
1/17
Papers and correspondence
1990
1/18
Papers and correspondence
1991
2/1
Papers and correspondence
1992
2/2
Papers and correspondence
1993
2/3
Papers and correspondence
1994
2/4
Papers and correspondence
1995
2/5
Papers and correspondence
1996
2/6
Papers and correspondence
1997
2/7-2/8
Papers and correspondence
1998
2/9
Papers and correspondence
1999
2/10
Papers and correspondence
2000
2/11-2/12
Papers and correspondence
2001
3/1
Papers and correspondence
2002
3/2
Papers and correspondence
2003
3/3
Papers and correspondence
2004
3/4
Papers and correspondence
2005
3/5
Papers and correspondence
2006
3/6
Papers and correspondence
2007-2009

Series B :   Legislative career ,  1958-1978 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/7
Campaign records
Had been originally housed in a black binder.
1972-1976
10/2
Caricatured images of Redden
Presumably made by political opponents.
1972-1978
3/8-3/9
Boardman Purchase Controversy
1975
3/10-3/11
Consumer Protection Division
1976
Subseries 1 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
3/12
Correspondence
Includes letter from Senator Wayne Morse.
1958; 1965
4/1
Notes correspondence
Half-sheet notes that legislators used to communicate with one another. Some notes include writing by Redden explaining the context of the note.
1963-1965
4/2
Notes correspondence
1967
4/3
Correspondence and papers
Had originally been housed in same envelope as 1967 notes correspondence.
1969, undated
4/4
Congratulation letters
Sent to Redden after he was elected Attorney General of Oregon.
1976 November-December
4/5
Invitations, thank-yous, etc.
Had originally been housed in same envelope as 1963-1965 notes correspondence. Addressed to both James and Joan Redden.
1963-1965
4/6
Correspondence re Emergency Interim Successor appointments
1971, 1977
4/7
Correspondence re donation of Morse-Johnson photo
Papers relating to an inscribed photo of Lyndon Banes Johnson to Wayne Morse, sold at a benefit auction hosted by Edith Green.
1975
Box/Folder
4/8-4/9
Department of Corrections
1976
Subseries 2 : Directories, etc.
Box/Folder
4/10
Multnomah County Democratic Directory
1977-1978
4/11
Oregon Voter Who's Who in the Oregon Legislature issue
1963
4/12
Oregon Voter Who's Who in the Oregon Legislature issues
1967-1973
Box/Folder
4/13
Campaign ephemera
1972-1978
4/14
Oregon Liquor Control Commission investigation
4/15
Pictorial reports on the Oregon Legislative Assembly
1965, 1967
10/1
Political cartoons by Donald Pickens favoring Redden for Oregon governor
1973 November
4/16
Polls - Redden vs. Mark Hatfield for US Senate
1978
4/17
State of Oregon Voters' Pamphlets
1966-1974
Subseries 3 : Voter attitude surveys
Box/Folder
4/18
Oregon Secretary of State Democratic primary
1968
4/19
Oregon's 4th District
1968
4/20
Oregon Attorney General election
1976

Series C :   Judicial career ,  1971-2012 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
Clippings and correspondence
Primarily concerns the nomination and confirmation of Redden as a judge.
1978-1980
Subseries 1 : Committees, commissions, etc.
Box/Folder
5/1
American Bar Association Special Projects Commission
1999
5/2
Blue Ribbon Committee
1999
5/3
LRCC Judicial Feedback Task Force
1999-2001
5/4
Commission on Structural Alterantives, Federal Court of Appeals
1998-1999
Subseries 2 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
4/22
Burns, Bob
2007
4/23
Correspondence re Ann Comiskey
2008
4/24
Federal Judges Associaiton
1989
4/25
Correspondence re House Resolution 2723
Includes text of House Resolution 2723, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judgeship and Reorganization Act of 2003.
2003
4/26
Correspondence re Lloyd George Courthouse
2001
4/27
Correspondence re Carole Mason
2004
4/28
Parkening, Duke
Includes writings of Parkenings against the building of dams, which he sent to Redden.
1971-2010
Box/Folder
5/5
Executive planner
1981
5/6
Famous Case Series - Idaho v. Oregon and Washington
2003
5/7
Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter seminar notes
undated
5/8
Federal Litigation Practice seminar, Lewis & Clark Law School
2003 April 21
5/9
Investiture ceremony programs
1980 March 24
5/10
Legal Aid open houses
2004
5/11
Legisaltive hearing file
2001
5/12
U.S. v. Loudhawk et al.
1988 March 7
5/13
Papers relating to Loudhawk case
1973-2002
Subseries 3 : Prisoner letters
Correspondence between Redden and prison inmates.
Box/Folder
6/1
Prisoner letters
1998-2000
6/2
Prisoner letters
2001-2002
6/3
Prisoner letters
2003
6/4
Prisoner letters
2004-2005
6/5
Prisoner letters
2006
6/6
Prisoner letters
2007
6/7
Prisoner letters
2008-2012
Box/Folder
5/14
Remiscences on James Burns
Remiscences of Judge James Burns which Redden collected for the Oregon District Court Historical Society.
2002
5/15
Trial Advocacy College
2002
5/16
United States District Court Historical Society article
2008

Series D :   Speeches and press releases ,  1972-2006 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/17-5/18
Speeches by Redden and others
Includes text of remarks by Tom McCall.
1972-1975
5/19
Speeches and press releases
1973 January-May
7/1
Speeches and press releases
1973 May 15 - 1973 August 29
7/2
Speeches and press releases
1973 September 4 - 1973 December 31
7/3
Speeches and press releases
1974 January-February
7/4
Speeches and press releases
1974 March-April
7/5
Speeches and press releases
1974 May-September
7/6
Speeches and press releases
1975 April-June
7/7-7/8
Speeches and press releases
1975 July - 1976 January
7/9-7/10
Speeches and press releases
1976 January-June
7/11
Speeches and press releases
1976 July-December
7/12
Speeches and press releases
1977 January-June
7/13
Speeches and press releases
1977 July-December
7/14
Speeches and press releases
1978 January-June
7/15
Speeches and press releases
1978 July-December
7/16
Speeches and press releases
1979 January-June
8/1
Speeches and press releases
1979 July-December
8/2
Speeches
1979-1983
8/3
Speeches
1983-1989
8/4
Speeches
1991-2006
8/5
Draft speeches for naturalization ceremony
undated
8/6
Medford speech
2004 October 19
8/7
Speech for unidentified occasion
1998

Series E :   Scrapbooks ,  1958-1977 Return to Top

Scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings, but also include correspondence, photographs, and ephemera.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12/1
Scrapbook 1
Includes Christmas cards from the John F. Kennedy family.
1962-1963
12/2
Scrapbook 2
1964-1965
13/1
Scrapbook 3
1965
13/2
Scrapbook 4
1966-1967
14/1
Scrapbook 5
1967, 1974-1975
14/2
Scrapbook 6
1967-1968
Box 15
Scrapbook
Scrapbook had not been given numerical designation.
1958-1977
Box 15
Scrapbook
Scrapbook had not been given numerical designation.
1973-1974
Box 16
Scrapbook
Covers Redden's successful campaign for Oregon State Treasurer.
Scrapbook had not been given numerical designation.
1972

Series F :   Other papers and ephemera ,  circa 1932-2012 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
8/8
Biographical material
Includes some newspaper clippings and photographs.
8/9
Harry Boiven oral history
1990 July
8/10
Boston Law School reunuion
2004
8/11
Boston Red Sox trip
2004
8/12
Certificates and award
1972-1988
17/1
Certificate for Redden's appointment to Oregon Law Enforcement Council
1977 August 4
10/3
Clipping re Tom McCall inauguration
1967 January
10/4
Clippings
1981
10/5
Clippings and obituaries
1980-2008
Subseries 1 : Correspondence
Box/Folder
8/13
Boivin/Potts correspondence
Contains correspondence with and concerning Harry Boivin and Debbs Potts.
1983-2012
8/14
Cabrera, Dan
Correspondence concerning the Redden family home in Springfield, Massachusetts.
2006
10/6
"Enigma" correspondence
Had originally been loose in Scrapbook 2.
1989
10/7
Letters from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson
Had originally been loose in Scrapbook 1.
1960-1962
8/15
Correspondence re roast
1980
8/16
Personal and legal correspondence
1990-2012
8/17
Miscellaneous correspondence
1995-2010
Subseries 2 : 1968 Democratic National Convention
Redden was a delegate.
Box/Folder
17/2
Welcome packet
1968
8/18, 17/3
Ephemera
Folder 8/18 includes Redden's delegate badges.
1968
Box/Folder
10/8
Drawings, photographs, and ephemera
Had originally been loose items in Scrapbook 5.
undated
8/19
Federal and state tax rebates
1998
9/1
Ferris-Brown wedding
1999
9/2
Invitation to President Jimmy Carter's inauguration
1977 January
9/3
Kopetski wedding
1999
9/4
Lists of Oregon legislators
Folder had originally been labeled "2008 Picnic."
2008
9/5
Memorial service program for Morris K. Crothers
1983 December
9/6
Papers re memorial service for Robert Straub
2002 December
9/7
Narrative by J. R. Faust, Jr. - "Honeybucket Man: American GIs in the Land of the Tokyo Boogie Woogie"
1987
17/4
Newspaper insert for Robert F. Kennedy
1968
10/9
Oregon Capitol guide
Had originally been loose item in Scrapbook 4.
undated
9/8
Oregon Food Bank banquet
2003 April 24
17/5
Political cartoon, "1967 Legislature"
1967
9/9
Political ephemera
Includes: political membership cards; Oregon Legislature card for James Redden, circa 1963; business card of James Redden when he was Attorney General; decal reading, "New Deal with F.D.R.;" matchbooks for Lyndon Banes Johnson and Thomas J. O'Connor; stickers and cards for political candidates.
circa 1932-1990
17/6
Political stickers
circa 1972-1974
9/10
United States District Court Historical Society Annual Picnic
2005
9/11
University of Oregon Council of 100
1999
10/10
Westside Weekender clipping re Pat Paulsen
1985 October
10/11
Willamette Week issue with underlinings by Redden
2006 January 25
9/12
Miscellaneous papers
2002

Series G :   Photographs ,  1957-circa 1990 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
10/12
Photographs
1957-1976 ; undated
10/13
Photographs
1974 August
10/13
Photographs with politicians' autographs
1974 ; undated
17/7
Album page of Redden at swearing-in ceremony
circa 1980
10/15
Contact sheets
1972
10/16
Contact sheets
1976
10/17
Redden campaigning for State Treasurer
1972 August-September
10/18
Photographs of Redden campaigning with added humorous captions
1972
11/1
Campaign event for Governor Bob Straub
1978
11/2
Opening of Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon
1975 September 8
11/3
Outdoors trip (black and white photos)
circa 1974
11/4
Outdoors trip (color photos)
circa 1974
17/8
Portrait of Hubert H. Humphrey
Includes inscription addressed to Redden.
circa 1968
11/5
Harold and James Redden
Also includes related newspaper clipping and letter.
1965
11/6
Redden with two others at swearing in
circa 1973
11/7
Redden with Tom McCall
1982
17/9
Owen Panner, James Redden, and Helen Frye
1980 March 24
11/8
Redden and others being sworn in at Oregon State Capitol
circa 1977
11/9
Portrait of Redden
1979
17/10
Group portrait of judges, including Redden
circa 1990
17/11
Redden and staff
circa 1985
11/10
Color slides of Redden
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Oregon--Judges
  • Political campaigns--Oregon
  • Politics and government--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Redden, James A.--Archives
  • Redden, James A.--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Democratic National Convention (1986 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • Oregon. Legislative Assembly.
  • United States. District Court (Oregon)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Judges
  • Oregon--Legislators
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Legal correspondence
  • Legal documents
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Speeches (documents)