Democratic Party of Oregon records, 1952-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Democratic Party (Or.)
Title
Democratic Party of Oregon records
Dates
1952-1968 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.0 linear feet, (4 containers)
Collection Number
Bx 168
Summary
Caroline Wilkins, who served as the State Chairperson of the Democratic Party of Oregon, presented the University of Oregon Library with the party files in October of 1972. The files span the period between 1952 and 1968; however, the major portion is from the early 60s. Included in the collection is correspondence with political figures and general citizenry. Much material deals with funding, finances, and organization, as well as contemporary major issues. Campaigns, conventions, conferences and committees make up a large part of the collection. Major correspondents are Martha A. Adelsheim; John Allen; John B. Bailey; John C. Beatty, Jr.; Robert A. Boyer; Harriet G. Civin; Edith Green; Beulah J. Hand; Hubert H. Humphrey; Howard Morgan; Wayne L. Morse; Maurine B. Neuberger; Merlyn W. Smith; E. Dennis Spencer; Jack F. Thompson; Albert C. Ullman; Blake Whipple.
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Oregon began as a Republican state due to the migration of union partisans who created a Republican stronghold. The New Deal and the Great Depression marked the beginning of Democratic influence in Oregon as people came to work in the forests and shipyards. However a competitive Democratic party did not emerge until the 1950s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains the files of the Oregon Democratic Party and spans the period between 1952 and 1968; however, the major portion is from the early 1960s. The files lack the continuity one expects from a professional organization. It is apparent that they were filed poorly and spasmodically, with little funding and support for proper record keeping. In other words, the collection reflects an organization dependent upon voluntary support for maintenance of its records.

Included in the collection is correspondence with political figures and general citizenry. Much material deals with funding, finances, and organization, as well as contemporary major issues. Campaigns, conventions, conferences and committees make up a large part of the collection. Major correspondents are Martha A. Adelsheim; John Allen; John B. Bailey; John C. Beatty, Jr.; Robert A. Boyer; Harriet G. Civin; Edith Green; Beulah J. Hand; Hubert H. Humphrey; Howard Morgan; Wayne L. Morse; Maurine B. Neuberger; Merlyn W. Smith; E. Dennis Spencer; Jack F. Thompson; Albert C. Ullman; Blake Whipple.

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 material 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], Democratic Party of Oregon records, Bx 168, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
A
1
Adelsherm, Martha Ann
1
Allen, John
1
B
1
Bailey, John
1
Beatty, John C.
1
Boyer, Robert
1
C
1
Civin, Harriet
1
D
1
E
1
F
1
G
1
Green, Edith
1
H
1
Hand, Beulah
1
Humphrey, Hubert
1
I-J
1
K
1
L
1
M
1
Morse, Wayne
1
Morgan, Howard
1
N
1
Neuberger, Maurine & Richard
1
O
1
P
1
Q-R
1
S
1
Smith, Merlyn W.
1
Spencer, E. D.
1
T
1
Thompson, Jack F.
1
Thornton, Robert Y.
1
U-V
1
Ullman, Albert C.
1
W
1
X-Y-Z
1
Whipple, Blaine
1
Yegge, Cap
1
Unidentified
1
Congressional campaign material: Pamphlets, handouts, news releases
1964-1969
1
Congressional campaign: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th districts, campaign material, workshop information
1
County leadership and organization

County OrganizationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
1
Baker, Benton, Clackamas
1
Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry
1
Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson
1
Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln
1
Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow
1
Multnomah
1
Multnomah County: Jane Jefferson Club
1
Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union
1
Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

Democratic State Central CommitteeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Bylaws, minutes, newsletters
2
Financial reports
1959-1966
2
Fundraising
1952-1969
2
Fundraising: Vice-presidential breakfast – Humphrey
1965
2
Supply requests: incoming/outgoing
1960-1966
2
Democratic women’s day
1965
2
Demoforum 1969 conference materials
1969
2
Executive Board: minutes and memoranda (incomplete)
1654-1963
2
Fair Campaign Practices Committee

General Information FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Legal opinions on election laws
2
Oregon election laws, filing information
2
Organization and bylaws of other state democratic parties
2
Newsletters
2
Oregonians for McCarthy: campaign materials
1968
2
Party structure, restructuring moves (Bipartisan Committee for Restructure and Revision)
1956-1969
2
Press releases
2
Press releases
2
Robert Y. Thornton gubernatorial campaign
1954-1964
2
State and county fair participation
2
State directory
1961-1965
2
Treasurer’s reports
1964-1968
2
Voter registration: statistics, programs, state and national
2
Voters pamphlet material
1968

Democratic pre-primary platform convention: Corvallis, February 29, 1964-March 1, 1964Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Resolutions, planks, arrangements, announcements, speech texts
2
Correspondence

Democratic post-primary platform convention: Coos Bay, July 3, 1964-July 5, 1964Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Platform, resolutions, minutes

Democratic pre-primary platform convention: Medford, March 25, 1966-March 27, 1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Platform, resolutions, rules, revisions
2
Platform, rules, resolutions, voting records

Democratic pre-primary convention: Eugene, March 15, 1968-March 17, 1968Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
County platforms, resolutions, adopted platform, rules, voting tabulations, minutes
2
Platform planks, drafts, resolutions, adopted forms, roll call votes

Democratic primary platform convention: Coos Bay, August 2, 1968-August 4, 1968Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Minutes, platform, agenda, arrangements, proxies
2
Boe, Jason: Representative (“Minority report”)
2
Duncan, Robert: Congressman (campaign material, press releases, news items, newsletters)
2
Green, Edith: Congresswoman (campaign material, press releases, newsletters)
1962-1967
3
Humphrey, Hubert (campaign material)
1964
3
Humphrey, Hubert (campaign material)
1964
3
Morse, Wayne: Senator (campaign material, news releases, form letters)
1956-1968
3
Morse, Wayne: Senator (campaign material, news releases, form letters)
1956-1968
3
Neuberger, Maurine: Senator (press releases, information, form letters)
3
Straub, Robert: State senator (campaign material, press releases)
3
Ullman, Al: Representative (campaign material, press releases, newsletters)
3
Americans for Democratic Action: miscellaneous
3
California Democratic Council: miscellaneous

Democratic National CommitteeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
All Americans Council (newsletters, mailers, pamphlets)
3
Congressional races (campaign material)
1962
3
“The Democrat” (promotional, informational material, sample)
3
News service/publicity division (releases)
3
Miscellaneous, (newsletters, handouts, form letters)
1961-1966
3
Presidential campaign
1960
3
Presidential campaign
1964
3
Campaign material
1968
3
Office of Women’s Activities (also Oregon State Democratic Party Women’s Activities)
3
Platform
1956 1960 1962
3
Public Affairs Division (news and information, speech material, fact sheets, publicity coordination)
3
Public Affairs Division (news and information, speech material, fact sheets, publicity coordination)
3
Public Affairs Division (speech material)
3
Research Division

Democratic National ConventionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
Democratic National Convention
1960 1964 1968
3
Democratic National Convention (and Correspondence)
1960 1964 1968

Western States Democratic ConferenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
Western States Democratic Conference (organizational materials, newsletters, conference materials, form letters)
1959-1961 1964-1966
4
Western States Democratic Conference
(program, resolutions, minutes, newsletters)
1963
4
Western States Democratic Conference, Seattle
1962
4
Young Democrats (national, Oregon, other states, miscellaneous)

Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
Association of Northwest Steelheaders
4
BLM Lands, 53rd legislative assembly
4
Campaign Conference for Democratic Women
1966
4
Campaign materials (samples)
4
Civil rights
4
Committee for the 18-year-old vote
4
Democratic party background, national and state
4
Economic policies, government spending
4
Education
4
Foreign affairs
4
Form letters, propaganda, “hate mail”, petitions
4
Inauguration
1965
4
Inauguration: Inaugural committee, newsletter
1965
4
Kennedy Action Corps (information sheets, newsletters)
4
Labor/employment
4
Legislative apportionment
4
Operation Support/Project Headstart
4
Political advertising material
4
Political education
4
Republican Party (state and national candidates, campaign materials, fact sheets, political advertising, news releases)
4
Republican Party (state and national candidates and office holders)
4
Senior citizens/Medicare
4
Status of women
4
Taxation
4
Vietnam
4
Voter registration
4
Washington State Democratic party
4
Waterhouse poll
4
Democratic State Central Committee: By-laws

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Political campaigns--Oregon
  • Political conventions--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Adelsheim, Martha Ann--Correspondence
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978--Correspondence
  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974--Correspondence
  • Neuberger, Maurine Brown, 1907---Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Democratic Party (Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1951-