Harry Lane papers, 1891-circa 1940  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Lane, Harry, 1855-1917
Harry Lane papers
1891-circa 1940 (inclusive)
.7 cubic feet, (2 document cases)
Collection Number
Mss 536
Papers relating to Harry Lane, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, and U.S. Senator from Oregon. Includes a small amount of original correspondence from and to Lane; drafts and research materials for a biography by the Federal Writers' Project, circa 1940; news clippings about Lane; and writings and notes by Lane's daughter Nina Lane McBride.
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

English, German
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Harry Lane, a colorful figure in Oregon politics, was the grandson of General Joseph Lane, a pioneer politician and territorial governor. Harry Lane was born in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1855. He graduated from Willamette University in 1876 and took a medical degree there in 1878. After post-graduate work in New York and a private practice in San Francisco, he settled in Portland, Oregon and eventually became the superindendent of the State Insane Asylum. He served as mayor of Portland from 1905-1909 and as the state's Democratic U.S. Senator from 1913 until his death in 1917. His daugher, Nina Lane McBride, was active in the Socialist Party around 1912-1920.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes a small amount of original correspondence from and to Lane; drafts and research materials for a biography by the Federal Writers' Project, circa 1940; news clippings about Lane, primarily relating to his death; and writings and notes by Lane's daughter Nina Lane McBride, who was active in the Socialist Party around 1912-1920. Among the original correspondence are two letters from William ("Big Bill") Haywood, head of the International Workers of the World.

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. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. 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.

Copies of correspondence held by the University of Oregon Library can only be quoted from with the permission of that repository.

Preferred Citation

Harry Lane papers, Mss 536, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Original correspondence of Harry Lane, 1891-1918Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Copies of correspondence from University of Oregon, 1891-1917Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2

Biography by Federal Writers' ProjectReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
19th century period
circa 1940
Period from 1876 to 1890
circa 1940
Period of 1905-1907
circa 1940
Period of early 1900s
circa 1940
Period of 1910-1917
circa 1940
Transcriptions of articles, documents, and passages from the Congressional record by Florence Bennett and R. Wiggs

Political writings by Nina Lane McBride, circa 1911-1921Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/10

A travesty on justice : the Hillstrom case by Judge O. N. Hilton (pamphlet about labor activist Joe Hill), undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/11

Writings by an unidentified author, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/12

News clippings about Harry Lane, from scrapbook, 1907-1918, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/1

News clippings, 1906-1917, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/2

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--United States
  • Mayors--Oregon--Portland
  • Personal Names :
  • Lane, Harry, 1855-1917--Archives (creator)
  • Family Names :
  • Lane family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Federal Writers' Project (Or.) (creator)
  • Oregon--Politics and government
  • Portland (Or.)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Genealogies
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • McBride, Nina Lane (creator)