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Helen Frye papers, 1971-2011

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Frye, Helen
Title
Helen Frye papers
Dates
1971-2011
Quantity
16.0 linear feet, (12 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 348
Summary
Helen Frye was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1930. She earned her B.A. in English in 1953, her M.A. in Education in 1961, and her J.D. in 1966, all from the University of Oregon. After earning her M.A. she taught high school English; after earning her law degree she joined her husband, William Frye, in private legal practice. After five years in private practice, Frye became a judge for Oregon Circuit Court's second district (Lane County). In 1980, Frye was appointed by President Carter as the first female judge for the U.S. District Court of Oregon. After 15 years as U.S. District Court judge, Frye began working part-time as a senior judge in 1995. She retired years later. Frye died on April 21, 2011 and is survived by her four children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, or digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Helen Frye was born in Klamath Falls in 1930, where she was raised on the family farm. Her father died when she was three and she was raised by her maternal grandmother while her mother and brother were infected with tuberculosis.

She married William Frye in 1952, her junior year at the University of Oregon, and graduated with an undergraduate degree in English the following year. In 1961 Frye earned her master's degree in education at UO and then became a high school English teacher. According to her son E. Max Frye, she was forced to resign from her job teaching high-school English in Eugene because she was pregnant.

Her husband William Frye became Lane County District Attorney at age 29 and was, according to her son, a major influence in Frye's decision to attend the University of Oregon's School of Law. She earned her juris doctorate in 1966 and began working for her husband in private legal practice shortly after she passed the bar. After five years in private practice, Frye became a judge for Oregon Circuit Court's second district which covered Lane county. In 1973, she oversaw the case of 19-year-old Dayton Leroy Rogers who had assaulted two young girls. Frye found Rogers not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and sent him to the Oregon State Hospital for treatment. Rogers later went on to become Oregon's most notorious serial killer.

In 1980, Frye was appointed by President Carter as the first female judge for the U.S. District Court of Oregon. During her time as District Court judge, she presided over many important cases including a $175-million dispute over the dumping of sewage into the Tualatin River; a fight between the spotted owl protectionists and logging interests; and several cases against the Rajneesh. In 1985, Frye ruled the 3-year-old city of Rajneeshpuram invalid because of its unconstitutional church-state link.

After 15 years as U.S. District Court judge, Frye began working part-time as a senior judge in 1995. She retired years later. Frye died on April 21, 2011 and is survived by her four children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Helen Frye papers consist of research material, correspondence and paperwork from the time she served as an Oregon Circuit Court judge (1971-1980) and United States District Court for the District of Oregon (1980-2011) judge.

The collection is divided into series as follows:

Series I contains correspondence and paperwork for Helen Frye's judgeship as Oregon's Circuit Court judge (1971-1980). Paperwork includes appeals from various cases Frye presided over along with material related to Frye's campaign for Circuit Court judge. Correspondence and appeal materials are arranged by year.

Series II contains correspondence and paperwork from Frye's term as Oregon's District Court Judge (1980-2011). Paperwork includes opinions, appellate decisions and jury instructions for cases Frye presided over. This includes major cases involving PGE, the city of Rajneesh, along with many others. Jury instructions, appellate decisions and correspondence are ordered by year.

Series III contains research and speech material Frye collected for various topics. Major topics include rape, sex discrimination and women's rights.

Series IV consists of subject files regarding Frye throughout her terms as Circuit Court and District Court judges, as well as an oral history of her life.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Frye papers, Coll 348, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Circuit Court, 1971-1980Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Helen J. Frye - Judgeship
1971
1 2
Election File
May 1972
1 3
Election Articles and Materials
1972
1 4
Voter Pamphlets
November 7, 1972-May 28, 1974
1 5
C.C. Appointment Congratulations Cards
1 6
Appeal File - Volume I
1972-1975
1 7
Appeals File - Volume II
1976-1977
1 8
Appeals File - Volume III
1978-1979
1 9
Appeals File - Volume IV
1980
5 1
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1967?-1971
5 2
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1972-1974
5 3
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1975
5 4
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1976
5 5
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1977
5 6
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1978
5 7
C.C. - Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1979
11 1
(Reel Film) News clip of swearing in for circuit judge
1971

Series II:  District Court, 1980-2011Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 10
Crank Correspondence
1980-2000
1 11
Crank Correspondence
2001
1 12
Correspondence
1980
1 13
Correspondence
1981
1 14
Correspondence
1982
2 1
Correspondence
1983
2 2
Correspondence
1984
2 3
Correspondence
1985
2 4
Correspondence
1986
2 5
Correspondence
1987
2 6
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1988
2 7
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1989
2 8
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1990-1991
2 9
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1992
2 10
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1993
2 11
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1994
2 12
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1995-1996
3 1
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
1997-1999
3 2
Correspondence Misc. Offical Type
2000-2011
3 3
Appelate Decisions
1980-1982
3 4
D.C. Opinions - Robin McCoog, Ackerley Communications, Penwell et al., Industrial Indemnity Co.
3 5
D.C. Opinions - Hells Canyon Guide Service, Graham Tewksbury, Anna Penk, Wilma Hein, Park 'N Fly
5 8
Correspondence - Recommendation Letters to President Carter for District Court Appointment
1979
5 9
Correspondence - Congratulation Letters for District Court Appointment
1980
5 10
District Court Appointment/Oath Acceptance Speech
1980
5 11
Jury Instruction Index and Standard Instructions (Civil)
5 12
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. I
1985-1986
5 13
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. I
1987
5 14
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. II
1988
5 15
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. II
1988-1989
5 16
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. III
1989-1990
5 17
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. III
1991
5 18
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. III
1992
5 19
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. IV
1993-1994
5 20
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. IV
1994-1995
5 21
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. IV
1996-1997
5 22
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. V
1998-1999
5 23
Jury Instructions (Civil) Vol. V
1999-2001
5 24
Jury Instruction Index and Standard Instructions (Criminal)
5 25
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. I
1986
5 26
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. II
1987
6 1
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. II
1988
6 2
Jury Insrtuctions (Criminal) Vol. II
1989
6 3
Juey Instructions (Criminal) Vol. III
1989-1990
6 4
JuryIinstructions (Criminal) Vol. III
1990
6 5
Jury Insrtuctions (Criminal) Vol. IV
1991
6 6
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. IV
1992
6 7
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. V
1992-1993
6 8
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. V
1993-1994
6 9
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. IV
1995
6 10
Jury Insrtuctions (Criminal) Vol. IV
1996
6 11
Jury Insrtuctions (Criminal) Vol. IV
1997
6 12
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. IV
1998-1999
6 13
Jury Instructions (Criminal) Vol. VII
200-2002
6 14
Appeals Decision Index
1980-1997
6 15
Appellate Decisions
1983
6 16
Appellate Decisions
1984
6 17
Appellate Decisions
1985
6 18
Appellate Decisions
1986
6 19
Appellate Decisions
1987
6 20
Appellate Decisions
1987
6 21
Appellate Decisions
1988
6 22
Appellate Decisions
1988
6 23
Appellate Decisions
1988
7 1
Appellate Decisions
1989
7 2
Appellate Decisions
189
7 3
Appellate Decisions
1989
7 4
Appellate Decisions
1990
7 5
Appellate Decisions
1990
7 6
Appellate Decisions
1990
7 7
Appellate Decisions
1991
7 8
Appellate Decisions
1991
7 9
Appellate Decisions
1992
7 10
Appellate Decisions
1992
7 11
Appellate Decisions
1993
7 12
Appellate Decisions
1993
7 13
Appellate Decisions
1994
7 14
Appellate Decisions
1994
7 15
Appellate Decisions
1995
7 16
Appellate Decisions
1995
7 17
Appellate Decisions
1996
7 18
Appellate Decisions
1996
7 19
Appellate Decisions
1997
7 20
Appellate Decisions
1997
7 21
Appellate Decisions
1998
7 22
Appellate Decisions
1999
7 23
Appellate Decisions
2000
7 24
Appellate Decisions
2001
7 25
Appellate Decisions
2002
7 26
Appellate Decisions
2003
7 27
Appellate Decisions
2004
7 28
Appellate Decisions
2005
8 1
D.C. Opinions - Codes for Cases From 1988-2005
8 2
D.C. Opinions - Oregon Steel Mills
8 3
D.C. Opinions - Interstate Fire and Casulty Co.
8 4
D.C. Opinions - Valdez-Pacheco, Miguel
8 5
D.C. Opinions - Longaria, David Moses
8 6
D.C. Opinions - Madrid, Noel
8 7
D.C. Opinions - Flattum, Gordan
8 8
D.C. Opinions - Kyllo, Danny
8 9
D.C. Opinions - Anne Badgley
8 10
D.C. Opinions - Laerdal Manufacturing
8 11
D.C. Opinions - Robert Skipper
8 12
D.C. Opinions - Hampton Tree Farms
8 13
D.C. Opinions - 1000 Friends of Oregon
8 14
D.C. Opinions - Time Savers Inc.
8 15
D.C. Opinions - The Klamath Tribe
8 16
D.C. Opinions - Lake Oswego School District
8 17
D.C. Opinions - OEC and The Sierra Club
8 18
D.C. Opinions - Burt and Gordon
8 19
D.C. Opinions - Dee Grubbs
8 20
D.C. Opinions - PGE
8 21
D.C. Opinions - PGE
8 22
D.C. Opinions - ACandS Inc.
8 23
D.C. Opinions - Timer Falling Consultants
8 24
D.C. Opinions - Western Land Exchange
8 25
D.C. Opinions - Hall Co.
8 26
D.C. Opinions - Hall Co.
8 27
D.C. Opinions - Pacific Maritime Association
8 28
D.C. Opinions - Nez Perce Tribe
8 29
D.C. Opinions - UPS General Services
8 30
D.C. Opinions - UPS General Services
8 31
D.C. Opinions - Hewlett-Packard
8 32
D.C. Opinions - Ronald and Donald Rivers
8 33
D.C. Opinions - Rajneeshpuram
8 34
D.C. Opinions - Robert Sarkisian, Joseph Ponzoha
8 35
D.C. Opinions - National Gypsum Company, Wilma Hein
9 1
D.C. Opinions - Udetermined quanitites of articles of food…
9 2
D.C. Opinions - Wayne C. Rembold
9 3
D.C. Opinions - West Park Associates
9 4
D.C. Opinions - Elise Miller, Southern Oregon Citizens Against Toxic Sprays
9 5
D.C. Opinions - Nike International, Hustler Magazine
9 6
D.C. Opinions - Portland Feminist Women's Health Center
9 7
D.C. Opinions - Portland Feminist Women's Health Center
9 8
D.C. Opinions - Penny Harrington
9 9
D.C. Opinions - Brown's Insdustries
9 10
D.C. Opinions - Portland Audubon Society
9 11
D.C. Opinions - Portland Audubon Society
9 12
D.C. Opinions - Interstate Production Credit Association
9 13
D.C. Opinions - State Board of Education
9 14
D.C. Opinions - Chadsey, Herbert Johnson, Gladys Dyer, The Jeanery, Ackerley Communications
9 15
D.C. Opinions - ZMI Corporation, Oregon State Board of Education
9 16
D.C. Opinions - Kerr Center Parents Association, J.K. Lilwellyn
9 17
D.C. Opinions - Burns Bros.,PGE, The Sierra Club
9 18
D.C. Opinions - Sher Medical Corp, Gordon Pavelson, The Libetarian Part of Oregon
9 19
D.C. Opinions - Oil Hut Institute, Sandra Jean Smith and Multnomah County
9 20
D.C. Opinions - Melridge Inc.
9 21
D.C. Opinions - Melridge Inc.
9 22
D.C. Opinions - Melridge Inc.
9 23
D.C. Opinions - Yamhill Yamaha Inc.
9 24
D.C. Opinions - Stephanie Forsberg, Annette Stomps
9 25
D.C. Opinions - Neal Rendleman, Publisher's Paper Co.
9 26
D.C. Opinions - Margaret Heckler, Lea Lakeside, Lonnie Nettles, People'e National Bank of Washington
9 27
D.C. Opinions - First Interstate Bank of Oregon
9 28
D.C. Opinions - American Casualty Co.
10 1
D.C. Opinions - Western Helicopters, Inc.
10 2
D.C. Opinions - Grubb and Ellis Co.
10 3
D.C. Opinions - Niren, Swami Prem
10 4
D.C. Opinions - Carmona-Arroyave et al.
10 5
D.C. Opinions - Bascue, Ronald Norman
10 6
D.C. Opinions - Edmonds, Geoffrey
10 7
D.C. Opinions - Shabazz, Shakur
10 8
D.C. Opinions - Nedra Bagley, Oscar Kennard, William Sizemore
10 9
D.C. Opinions - Austin and Mary Lentz, Kenneth Moses Hawk, Marjorie Vance
10 10
D.C. Opinions - The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
10 11
D.C. Opinions - Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Marilyn Medberry, Paramount Helicopters Inc.
10 12
D.C. Opinions - Rajneesh
10 13
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1983-1984
10 14
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1985
10 15
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1986
10 16
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1987
10 17
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1988
10 18
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1989
10 19
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1990
10 20
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1991
10 21
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1992
10 22
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1993
10 23
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1994
10 24
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1995
10 25
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1996-1997
10 26
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1998
10 27
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
1999-2000
10 28
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
2001-2002
10 29
D.C. Opinions - Miscellaneous
2003
10 30
Anna Penk - Transcript of Proceedings
10 31
Anna Penk Trial - Volume 1
10 32
Anna Penk Trial - Volume 2
10 33
Helen Frye v. Public Employes Retirement System
12
(Tube) Certificate of appointment as US District Judge for Oregon signed by Jimmy Carter

Series III:  Speech/Research MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 6
Speeches
3 7
Speeches
3 8
Speech Notes - Criminal Law
3 9
Speech Material - Judges and Judging
3 10
Speech Material - Domestic Relations (Divorce, etc.)
3 11
Sex Discrimination
3 12
Women's Rights
4 1
Women's Rights
4 2
Seminars: National Endowment for the Humanitiesand American Academy of Judicial Education
4 3
Poetry
4 4
Political Philosophy
4 5
Political Philosophy
4 6
Rape
4 7
Psychology and the Law
4 8
Child Abuse
4 9
Research Materials

Series IV:  Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 10
Research Materials and D.C. Nomination Materials
4 11
District Court Nomination Correspondence and Materials
4 12
Judical Selection Commission
4 13
Clippings
10 34
Awards and Induction
10 35
Lowry, Robert D. - Correspondence Regarding Dean Hollis + Memorial Service
10 36
Oregon Historical Society - Oral History Interview Transcript
10 37
Oregon Historical Society - Oral History Interviews and Stats
10 38
Photocopied Articles and Photos
10 39
Books/Events Recognizing Judge Frye
11 2
(Videotape) "4/6 Ceremony 10 Years with Redden, Panner, Frye"
April 6, 1990
11 3
(Book) The Major Poets: English and American by Charles M. Coffin
11 4
(Book) "Selection and Confirmation of Federal Judges, Ninety-Sixth Congress…"
1979-1980
11 5
(Booklet) A History of the University of Oregon School of Law
11 6
(Book) Oregon Law Review Vol. 63, No. 4
1984
11 7
(Book) Washington Law Review Vol. 63, No. 2
April 1988