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.
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.
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.
Harry Lane papers, Mss 536, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
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19th century period
Period from 1876 to 1890
Period of 1905-1907
Period of early 1900s
Period of 1910-1917
Transcriptions of articles, documents, and passages from the Congressional record by Florence Bennett and R. Wiggs
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