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Robert Ormond Case papers, 1926-1964

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Case, Robert Ormond, 1895-1964
Title
Robert Ormond Case papers
Dates
1926-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.5 linear feet, (5 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 467
Summary
Robert Ormond Case lived from 1895 to 1964, residing in Oregon most of his life. He was educated at the University of Oregon and went on to become a popular author of books and stories in the western genre, as well as a prominent resident of Portland. This collection contains several examples of his writing, in both published and manuscript forms. It also includes a large quantity of personal and private correspondence and documents.
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.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Ormond Case was a well-known Oregon author and a prominent, long-time resident of Portland. He was born in Dallas, Texas in 1895 and moved to Portland as a boy. He graduated from Tualatin Academy in Forest Grove, Oregon and went on to attend the University of Oregon.

In 1917, while a sophomore at the University, Case enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served 22 months with the 65th Artillery, CAC, including 52 consecutive days at the front. Case returned to U.O. and received a B.A. in 1920. During his years at the university he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi honorary journalistic society, and Sigma Upsilon honorary fiction society. In addition he was a member of the Cross-Roads philosophical society and founder of a campus humor magazine.

After his graduation from the University of Oregon. Case went to work as a reporter for the Portland Morning Oregonian. In 1921 he served as financial editor. From 1922 to 1925 he was involved in the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce. His career as a free-lance writer began in 1926 and soon thereafter published his first western, historically-inspired stories. He is best remembered as a writer of western stories, his most well-known dating from the 1930s through the 1950s. He wrote fourteen books and over 200 novelettes. In 1944 he received a Peabody award for the radio scripts of Song of Columbia. Most of Case's serials and short stories were written for national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's and Country Gentleman.

Case spent most of his mature life in Portland, Oregon with periods of residency in New York and California. In Portland he was a member of the school board as well as the City Club and the Rotarians. He was a prominent member of the state Republican Party, particularly as a leader of the Conservative wing during the time of Wayne Morse. He spent the final years of his life in Oakland, California, where he died on 27 March 1964.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Robert Ormond Case papers include correspondence, documents, literary manuscripts and published works. Of particular value to the researcher is the quantity of both professional and personal correspondence from much of his mature life, and documents pertaining to his career, private life and health. These include letters to and from family and friends, correspondence to and from his agents and lawyers, and communications with publishers. Also included are documents and correspondence pertaining to his divorce from his first wife and papers dealing with persistent medical problems during the last years of his life. There is unfortunately very little material dealing with the author's youth and education directly. One searching for information on his years at the University of Oregon would have to rely on very few incidental recollections in papers of much later years. The majority of the materials date from the mid-1930s on, with most of the family correspondence dating from the 1950s to the end of Case's life.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Ormond Case Papers, Ax 467, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder Box
1 1
A Brief Spititual Guide
Box Folder
1 2
A Rational Spiritual Concept
Box Folder
1 3
Always Eleven 1
Box Folder
1 4
Always Eleven 2
Box Folder
1 5
Always Eleven 3
Box Folder
1 6
Candy Man 1
Box Folder
1 7
Candy Man 2
Box Folder
1 8
Castle-Crawling in Merrie England 1
Box Folder
1 9
Castle-Crawling in Merrie England 2
Box Folder
1 10
"The Cosmetics Caper"
Box Folder
1 11
"Diogenes Triumphant"
Box Folder
1 12
"The Falling Warriors at the Pali"
Box Folder
1 13
Flower by the Snowdrift 1
Box Folder
1 14
Flower by the Snowdrift 2
Box Folder
1 15
"The Free World's Greatest Oil Reserve"
Box Folder
1 16
The Golden Shadow
Box Folder
1 17
"Heartbreak Hill"
Box Folder
1 18
"Hong Kong Pioneers"
Box Folder
1 19
"I Learned About Cows from Her"
Box Folder
1 20
"Lost and Found"
Box Folder
1 21
"Our Far-Flung 'Security' Line"
Box Folder
1 22
"The Purple Lagoon"
Box Folder
1 23
"Random Thoughts from an Old Hand"
Box Folder
1 24
Song of the Columbia
Box Folder
1 25
"Trouble at Midas Creek"
Box Folder
1 26
Voodoo
Box Folder
1 27
War on Glacier River (Ravenhill) 1
Box Folder
1 28
War on Glacier River (Ravenhill) 2
Box Folder
1 29
Robert Ormond Case
Box Folder
1 30
Miscellaneous Manuscripts
Box Folder
1 31
"And One Loved Dogs"
Box Folder
1 32
"Any Tax You Can Pay, Truman Can Spend it Faster"
Box Folder
1 33
"Arctic Justice"
Box Folder
1 34
"Between Friends"
Box Folder
1 35
"Big Timber"
Box Folder
1 36
"Big Timber Gets Religion"
Box Folder
1 37
"Black Hollander"
Box Folder
1 38
"Bootleg Gold"
Box Folder
1 39
"The Boy From Willapa"
Box Folder
1 40
"Brush-off"
Box Folder
1 41
"Buccaneer of the Barrens"
Box Folder
2 1
"Burned Matches"
Box Folder
2 2
"Christmas at Whitman's Mansion"
Box Folder
2 3
"Corpses Can't Eat Flapjacks"
Box Folder
2 4
"A Dash of Sentiment"
Box Folder
2 5
"Direct Hits"
Box Folder
2 6
"The Eighth World Wonder"
Box Folder
2 7
"Expert Witness"
Box Folder
2 8
"Fifth in Command"
Box Folder
2 9
"Fortitude"
Box Folder
2 10
"The Golden Hills"
Box Folder
2 11
"Golden Portage"
Box Folder
2 12
"The Golden Shadow"
Box Folder
2 13
"Go Northwest, Soldier"
Box Folder
2 14
"He Shot the Colorado Alone"
Box Folder
2 15
"The High Climber"
Box Folder
2 16
"Hired Hand"
Box Folder
2 17
"Home on the Ranch"
Box Folder
2 18
"I Am Against the New Deal"
Box Folder
2 19
"Iron Woman"
Box Folder
2 20
"Joe's War"
Box Folder
2 21
"The King Sleeps"
Box Folder
2 22
"Lost and Found"
Box Folder
2 23
"Man-killer"
Box Folder
2 24
"Mighty Horizon"
Box Folder
2 25
"Morale"
Box Folder
2 26
"Mortgage Man"
Box Folder
2 27
"The Ninety and Nine"
Box Folder
2 28
"North West Empire"
Box Folder
2 29
"Northwest's New Big Dams Prove Private Power Can Build 'em too"
Box Folder
2 30
"Not For Millions"
Box Folder
2 31
"Oregon Wonderland"
Box Folder
2 32
"Path of Empire"
Box Folder
2 33
"Pattern of Destiny"
Box Folder
2 34
"Romances of Industry - Oregon Wool"
Box Folder
2 35
"The Secret of Glacier River"
Box Folder
2 36
"Stable Boy"
Box Folder
2 37
"Treasure of the Athabaska"
Box Folder
2 38
"Trouble at Midas Creek"
Box Folder
2 39
"Understanding Sea"
Box Folder
2 40
"Viking Valley"
Box Folder
2 41
"Who's Behind the CVA Propaganda Drive?"
Box Folder
2 42
"Wings North"
Box Folder
2 43
"Wolves Preferred"
Box Folder
2 44
"A Tangled Buckaroo"
Box Folder
2 45
"Buckaroos and Beef"
Box Folder
2 46
"Dynamite's Gentile Ways"
Box Folder
2 47
"Fence Across the Canyon"
Box Folder
2 48
"Five-Minute Outlaw"
Box Folder
2 49
"A Flurry in Fuzztails"
Box Folder
2 50
"Fought and Paid For"
Box Folder
2 51
"Fought and Paid for"
Box Folder
2 52
"The Silver Concha"
Box Folder
2 53
"Motor Mavericks"
Box Folder
2 54
"Exit Star Cross"
Box Folder
2 55
"The Rider From Hell"
Box Folder
2 56
"Riding Luck"
Box Folder
2 57
"Sheriff's Choice"
Box Folder
2 58
"The Tailor-Made Wrangler"
Box Folder
2 59
"A Tangled Buckaroo"
Box Folder
2 60
"Suicide Trail"
Box Folder
2 61
"Suicide Trail"
Box Folder
2 62
"Unwilling Outlaw"
Box Folder
2 63
"The Widow Smiles on Windy"
Box Folder
2 64
"Winded Bandits"
Box Folder
2 65
"Windy DeLong --- Diplomat"
Box Folder
2 66
"Windy Rides 'em Rough"
Box Folder
2 67
"Windy's Overgrown Pet"
Box Folder
2 68
"When Pete Used his Bean"
Box Folder
2 69
Professional Correspondence Sent
1900-1955
Box Folder
2 70
Professional Correspondence Sent
1956
Box Folder
2 71
Professional Correspondence Sent
1957
Box Folder
2 72
Professional Correspondence Sent
1958
Box Folder
2 73
Professional Correspondence Sent
1959
Box Folder
2 74
Professional Correspondence Sent
1960
Box Folder
2 75
Professional Correspondence Sent
1961
Box Folder
2 76
Professional Correspondence Sent
1962
Box Folder
2 77
Professional Correspondence Sent
1963
Box Folder
2 78
Professional Correspondence Sent
1964
Box Folder
2 79
Professional Correspondence Sent, Fan letters
Box Folder
3 1
Professional Correspondence Received "A"
Box Folder
3 2
Professional Correspondence Received "B"
Box Folder
3 3
Professional Correspondence Received - Belding
Box Folder
3 4
Professional Correspondence Received - Brown
Box Folder
3 5
Professional Correspondence Received - Buisseret
Box Folder
3 6
Professional Correspondence Received "C"
Box Folder
3 7
Professional Correspondence Received - Church
Box Folder
3 8
Professional Correspondence Received - Council on Foreign Relations
Box Folder
3 9
Professional Correspondence Received "D"
Box Folder
3 10
Professional Correspondence Received "E"
Box Folder
3 11
Professional Correspondence Received - Epperson
Box Folder
3 12
Professional Correspondence Received - Etulain
Box Folder
3 13
Professional Correspondence Received - Fan Mail
Box Folder
3 14
Professional Correspondence Received - Farrell
Box Folder
3 15
Professional Correspondence Received "G"
Box Folder
3 16
Professional Correspondence Received - Gilbert
Box Folder
3 17
Professional Correspondence Received "H"
Box Folder
3 18
Professional Correspondence Received - Hawkins
Box Folder
3 19
Professional Correspondence Received - Holman
Box Folder
3 20
Professional Correspondence Received - Horsfields
Box Folder
3 21
Professional Correspondence Received - Hough
Box Folder
3 22
Professional Correspondence Received - Hoyt
Box Folder
3 23
Professional Correspondence Received "J"
Box Folder
3 24
Professional Correspondence Received - Jackman, Cecil
Box Folder
3 25
Professional Correspondence Received "K"
Box Folder
3 26
Professional Correspondence Received "L"
Box Folder
3 27
Professional Correspondence Received "M"
Box Folder
3 28
Professional Correspondence Received - Maris
Box Folder
3 29
Professional Correspondence Received - Marshall
Box Folder
3 30
Professional Correspondence Received - Morrison
Box Folder
3 31
Professional Correspondence Received "N"
Box Folder
3 32
Professional Correspondence Received - Neff
Box Folder
3 33
Professional Correspondence Received - Newton
Box Folder
3 34
Professional Correspondence Received - Nims
Box Folder
3 35
Professional Correspondence Received "O"
Box Folder
3 36
Professional Correspondence Received - Penny
Box Folder
3 37
Professional Correspondence Received - Pierce
Box Folder
3 38
Professional Correspondence Received "R"
Box Folder
3 39
Professional Correspondence Received "S"
Box Folder
3 40
Professional Correspondence Received - Scearce
Box Folder
3 41
Professional Correspondence Received - Steinle
Box Folder
3 42
Professional Correspondence Received - Stoddard
Box Folder
3 43
Professional Correspondence Received - Stowe
Box Folder
3 44
Professional Correspondence Received "T"
Box Folder
3 45
Professional Correspondence Received - Thacher
Box Folder
3 46
Professional Correspondence Received - Thompson
Box Folder
3 47
Professional Correspondence Received - Unander
Box Folder
3 48
Professional Correspondence Received "W"
Box Folder
3 49
Professional Correspondence Received "XYZ"
Box Folder
3 50
Max Coleman correspondence
Box Folder
3 51
Robert Ormond Case to Brandt and Brandt #1
Box Folder
3 52
Robert Ormond Case to Brandt and Brandt #2
Box Folder
3 53
Robert Ormond Case to Brandt and Brandt #3
Box Folder
3 54
Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Carbons
1935-1948
Box Folder
3 55
Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Carbons
1949-1952
Box Folder
3 56
Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Originals
1953-1964
Box Folder
3 57
Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Carbons
1953-1959
Box Folder
3 58
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1941-1945
Box Folder
3 59
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1935-1938
Box Folder
3 60
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1938-1940
Box Folder
3 61
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1946-1950
Box Folder
3 62
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1951-1954
Box Folder
3 63
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1948
Box Folder
3 64
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1949
Box Folder
3 65
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1950
Box Folder
3 66
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1951
Box Folder
3 67
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1952
Box Folder
3 68
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1953
Box Folder
3 69
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1954
Box Folder
3 70
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1955
Box Folder
3 71
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1956
Box Folder
3 72
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1957
Box Folder
3 73
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1958
Box Folder
3 74
Brandt and Brandt - Business Files
1959
Box Folder
4 1
Family Correspondence Sent
1900-1954
Box Folder
4 2
Family Correspondence Sent
1955
Box Folder
4 3
Family Correspondence Sent
1956
Box Folder
4 4
Family Correspondence Sent
1957
Box Folder
4 5
Family Correspondence Sent
1958
Box Folder
4 6
Family Correspondence Sent
1959
Box Folder
4 7
Family Correspondence Sent
1960
Box Folder
4 8
Family Correspondence Sent
1961
Box Folder
4 9
Family Correspondence Sent
1962
Box Folder
4 10
Family Correspondence Sent
1963
Box Folder
4 11
Family Correspondence Sent
1964
Box Folder
4 12
Family Correspondence Received - Case, James
Box Folder
4 13
Family Correspondence Received - Owen, Patricia Case
Box Folder
4 14
Family Correspondence Received - Children
Box Folder
4 15
Family Correspondence Received - Foster, Anne Case
Box Folder
4 16
Family Correspondence Received - Case, Robert Ormond, Jr.
Box Folder
4 17
Family Correspondence Received - Lowe, Lillian Case
Box Folder
4 18
Family Correspondence Received - Robertson, Bertha Case
Box Folder
4 19
Family Correspondence Received - Schoonover, Catherine Case
Box Folder
4 20
Family Correspondence Received - Schoonover, Margaret
Box Folder
4 21
Family Correspondence Received - Baldwin
Box Folder
4 22
Family Correspondence Received - Case, Victoria
Box Folder
4 23
Family Letters to Vivian Case
Box Folder
4 24
Biographical Data
Box Folder
4 25
Personal - Health
Box Folder
4 26
Family History
Box Folder
4 27
Divorce papers
Box Folder
4 28
Newspaper Article on Case
Box Folder
4 29
Correspondences - Unidentified Fragments
Box Folder
4 30
Notebooks
Box Folder
4 31
Magazine Stories, Articles - Tearsheets
Box Folder
4 32
Book Reviews
Box Folder
4 33
River of the West
Box Folder
4 34
We Called it culture
Box Folder
4 35
West of Barter River
Box Folder
4 36
White Victory
Box Folder
4 37
Whispering Valley
Box Folder
4 38
Riders of the Grande Ronde
Box Folder
4 39
The Empire Builders
Box Folder
4 40
Golden Portage
Box Folder
5 1
Always Eleven. Query, Book-length manuscript
Box Folder
5 2
The Boro-Man. Synopsis, fragment, letter, Book-length manuscript
Box Folder
5 3
A Brief Spiritual Guide. Original, Book-length manuscript
Box Folder
5 4
A Brief Spiritual Guide, Ch.4-5, Book-length manuscript
Box Folder
5 5
Mss. Stories and Articles. A-L
Box Folder
5 6
Mss. Stories and Articles. M-W
Box Folder
5 7
Mss. Screen Treatments
Box Folder
5 8
Mss. Teleplays
Box Folder
5 9
Tearsheets
Box Folder
5 10
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
5 11
Letters - Publishers, Agents
1955-1964