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