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Robert W. Straub Collection, 1955-1980

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Straub, Robert W.
Title
Robert W. Straub Collection
Dates
1955-1980 (bulk)
circa 1890-2012 (inclusive)
Quantity
40.0 linear feet, (73 boxes and oversized materials)
Collection Number
MSS.1
Summary
The Robert W. Straub Collection contains the papers of Oregon's 31st governor (1975-1979), including correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, press clippings, memoranda, memorabilia, and film and audio recordings. Each of Straub's public offices (from his service as Lane County Commissioner, State Senator, State Treasurer, and Governor) is represented, as are campaign materials, records regarding Oregon environmental issues such as the Willamette River Greenway and the Beach Bill, family papers, and personal papers.
Repository
Western Oregon University Archives
Hamersly Library
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR
97361
Telephone: 503-838-8419
Fax: 503-838-8399
libarchives@wou.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Pending digitization, some obsolete audiovisual materials may not yet be viewable in order to preserve the originals or due to lack of playback equipment. One personal journal is currently restricted to honor the Straub family's wishes.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Processing of the Straub Collection was funded in part by an LSTA grant.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Robert W. Straub Collection documents Straub's quarter-century of service in public office, as well as Straub's family life, civic contributions, and business activities. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, press releases, public statements, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, video tapes, transcripts, audio tapes, campaign materials, and other printed materials, many of which pertain to Straub’s years as County Commissioner, State Senator, State Democratic Party Chairman, State Treasurer, and Governor of Oregon.

Materials in the collection document the conduct of state government over the course of Straub’s service, with a focus on Straub’s contributions in legislative activity and environmental issues. The papers provide a rich resource for the study of economic development, the Democratic Party in Oregon, energy, education, and other regional issues. The collection will be of particular interest to researchers working in the area of environmental advocacy and reform, as Straub was heavily involved in efforts to preserve the Willamette River and Oregon’s coast. The papers also reflect Straub’s influence in establishing the Oregon Investment Council, which transformed state investment policy and served as a model for other states around the country. Photographs, press clippings, and correspondence provide insight into Straub's interactions with contemporary state and national politicians, including Tom McCall, Richard Neuberger, Wayne Morse, Hubert Humphrey, and Jimmy Carter.

There is also considerable documentation of Straub and Stroud family history, including photographs, scrapbooks, and other documents. These records, in addition to shedding light on Bob and and his wife Pat’s respective backgrounds and their home life, also provide a selective lens into a variety of historical trends, including a look (through correspondence between Bob and Pat) at the impact of WWII deployment on young families; post-WWII migration (as exemplified in the Straubs’ journey from New Hampshire to Oregon); and the transitioning timber industry in Oregon.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Robert William (Bob) Straub was born May 6, 1920 to Thomas Jefferson Straub and Mary Ellen Tulley Straub, in San Francisco, California. He grew up in Los Altos with his three brothers, Frank, Jim, and Tom, and his sister Jean.

Straub attended Dartmouth College, where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and his Master’s degrees in Business Administration. His schoolwork was interrupted by his service during WWII, when Straub served in the U.S. Army in the Quartermaster Corps. While working as a hutmaster at Mt. Moosilauke during his undergraduate years at Dartmouth, Straub met Patricia (Pat) Stroud; the two were married in 1943 in San Antonio, TX, where Straub was then stationed. The Straubs had six children, Jeff, Michael, Jane, Patty, Peggy, and Bill.

In 1947, the Straub family moved from New Hampshire to Springfield, Oregon, where Bob began work for Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. In the 1950s, he branched out into property development, constructing his first subdivision in Springfield’s Thurston neighborhood; Straub also became involved in timber farming and livestock ranching.

After being urged to run for office by Senator Richard (Dick) Neuberger, Straub successfully ran for the Lane County Commission in 1955. He served as a County Commissioner until 1959, when he took office as State Senator for Lane County, a position to which he was re-elected in 1962. While Senator, he also served for a term as the Chairman of the State Democratic Party.

Straub was elected Oregon State Treasurer in 1964, and served two widely respected terms. Most notably, Straub pushed for the establishment of the Oregon Investment Council, which utilized private sector investment firms to gain a better return for state employee retirees. Throughout his political career, Straub advocated for environmental issues, land use planning, fair taxation, and better mental health care, along with other issues. He was involved in the landmark Beach Bill, which clarified the extent of the Oregon Coast to be preserved as public domain; an influential proponent of the Willamette River Greenway Program, which envisioned a pollution-free river surrounded by public parks; and an ongoing advocate for youth work camps.

After two unsuccessful campaigns for the governorship, in 1966 and 1970, Straub was elected as Governor of Oregon in 1974. Though the early years of his administration suffered from staffing issues and power struggles with the state legislature, Straub’s eventual achievements as governor included tax reforms, support for affirmative action policies, new energy laws, and a streamlining of the Department of Human Resources.

Straub was defeated in his 1978 re-election bid by State Senator Victor Atiyeh. After a transition period as Executive-in-Residence at Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Business, Straub returned to private life. He remained active on the political scene, serving on the Oregon Investment Council (OIC) and on the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Board, but his primary focus turned to his charity work (particularly with the non-profit he founded, Salem Self-Help Housing), his family, and his land.

In the late 1990s, Straub announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; he died of complications from the disease November 27, 2002, at the age of 82.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the materials.

Preferred Citation

Robert W. Straub Collection, MSS 1, Western Oregon University Archives

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal papersReturn to Top

The Personal papers series contains materials regarding Straub's personal life, including personal correspondence, school records, photographic portraits, awards received, travel materials, and materials regarding his charity work, business interests, and his service during WWII.

In particular, this series provides biographical information about Straub, offers insight into Oregon agriculture and small-scale timber operations, documents the formation and continuation of Salem Self-Help Housing, a non-profit founded by Straub to provide affordable housing, and contains information about the incorporation of the Willamette Water Company, which served southern Lane County.

Container(s) Description Dates
Awards and honors
boxes
1
Certificates and plaques
Certificates include recognitions from groups such as the Oregon Park and Recreation Society, the Commercial Club of Portland, and the Civil Air Patrol. Plaques stored in Box 35 include the Honor Award from the Izaak Walton League for conservation activism, a plaque from the Albina Ministerial Alliance of Portland for Straub's "contributions to the Black Community through Employment and Affirmative Action," an Outstanding Tree Farmer award from Wheeler County, a wooden log name placard, and a 1977 Western Governor's Conference. A framed print from the Department of Human Resources is stored with the collection's oversized materials in Box 77. Three plaques are located in oversize Box 78: Baldwin Hotel in Klamath County (1978), Oregon Corrections Association (1986), and Oregon Migrant Education Community (1989). Digital images are accessible for plaques and awards that have been returned to the Straub family.
1973-1982, undated
1
Clippings and correspondence
Materials regarding honors to Straub from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Association of Broadcasters
1989-1990s
1
1000 Friends of Oregon Tom McCall Award
Programs, invitation, remarks, congratulatory correspondence, and press clippings. The award plaque is housed in Box 35.
1999
36
1000 Friends of Oregon Tom McCall Award- Scrapbook
Contains a program, resolution honoring Straub, remarks from the award presentation, copies of press clippings regarding the event, the guest register page, and photographs from the ceremony. Those pictured include Bob and Pat Straub, Barbara Hanneman, Keith Burns, 1000 Friends Executive Director Robert Liberty, Janet McLennan, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, and former Gov. Barbara Roberts.
1999
1
ACLU E.B. McNaughton Award
Notification letter, acceptance remarks, and press clipping. Framed award certificate is stored with oversized materials in Box 77.
1979
1
Aubrey W. Watzek Award
Program, invitation, and Ed Fadeley's nomination speech for Straub. Wooden award is stored with oversized materials.
1996
1
House Resolution 4
Resolution and press clipping. A framed copy of the resolution is stored with the collection's oversized materials.
2003
Oregon Business Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Acceptance speech given on Straub's behalf
2002
Oregon Distinguished Service Award
Medal (stored in box 37) and certificate (stored in box 38)
1995
Straub Archives- Building plans
1999-2000
Straub Archives- Dedication
2000
Straub Archives- Fundraising
2000
Straub Conference Room, Lane County Public Services Building
Remarks, newsletter, correspondence, news release, photographs, and resolution
2001
Straub Environmental Learning Center
Includes brochures, a meeting agenda, planning materials, and a press clipping
2000-2012
Straub State Park- Dedication guest book
1987
Straub State Park- Photographs
Images of Bob and Pat Straub, their dog, and an unidentified man at Bob Straub State Park. A photo collage (including images of Bob and Pat Straub, Neil Goldschmidt, and Mike Hollern) of the Park's dedication is stored with the collection's oversized materials. See also photographs found with correspondence in Personal- Correspondence and related materials- Davis, Lucille and Wallace and Jones, Barbara.
1990s
Straub State Park- Press clippings and releases
1987
Testimonial Dinner- Invitation
1974
Business
boxes
1
Centennial Bank Board of Directors
Card from a former fellow board member, and a press clipping regarding Centennial's merger
1998, undated
Agriculture- Collected publications
Primarily state and federal technical bulletins and reports.
1954-1964
Agriculture- E.R. Jackman reports
Reports and article drafts by Range Management Specialist Jackman, including a report he made on Straub's Spray Ranch, as well as correspondence regarding reports.
1953-1963, undated
Construction
Photograph of a home in Straub's first subdivision, newspaper ad, press clipping, and note. 3 3-panel display boards with photographs (primarily copies of family photographs and photographs of Straub with other politicians, such as Tom McCall and Wayne Morse), noted as having been created for a family business meeting, are stored with oversized materials.
circa 1950s-1990s
Forestry
Photograph of Straub's cabin at a logging camp where he worked early in the Straubs' marriage; Straub Land Company photograph; press clippings; Small Woodland Owner fact sheet; forest trails handbook; and sheet music for a folk song, "The Frozen Logger." A photograph of a Michigan California Lumber Company train is found in box 39. Negatives from a logging camp are found in box 40. A large photograph of workers at a logging camp is stored with the collection's oversized materials. See also Properties- Willamina; Properties- Curtin; Correspondence- Alden, Julie; and Correspondence- Russell, Bob and Helen
circa late 1930s-1991
Land titles
1914-1949
Willamette Water Company
Warranty deeds, correspondence, and other materials regarding the Willamette Water Company, a utility incorporated by Straub in 1964
1964-1992
Celebrations
boxes
2
39th birthday/ Welcome home from Senate
Card; schedule of activities and events
1959
70th birthday
Invitation, photographs, negatives
1990
75th birthday
Remarks by Loren Wyss and Barbara Hanneman; program; attendance list; press clipping
1995
75th birthday- Correspondence
Cards and letters, primarily regrets from those who could not attend the party and shared remembrances about Straub. Correspondents include Governor John Kitzhaber, former governors Victor Atiyeh, Neil Goldschmidt, and Barbara Roberts, former first lady Audrey McCall, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Norma Paulus, U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield, University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer, and Charles Davis, on behalf of himself and his wife Eleanor, a women's rights activist
1995
75th birthday- Invitations
Save-the-date notice, invitation, invitation list, and correspondence with Barbara Hanneman regarding invitations for the party
1995
75th birthday- Photographs- Miniature scrapbook
Small handmade scrapbook with images from the celebration. Those pictured include Bob and Pat Straub, Loren Wyss, Barbara Hanneman, Len Bergstein, Ken Johnson, Chet Orloff, and Jim Redden.
1995
75th birthday- Photographs- Negatives
1995
80th birthday
Press clipping and photographs; book (stored in box 41) containing photographs and personal notes from attendees at a birthday party for Straub hosted at Western Oregon University. Writers include Barbara Hanneman, Sarah and Ken Johnson, and Loren Wyss. See also Audiovisual materials- Video- "Governor's Birthday Party"
2000
Civic activities and causes
boxes
2
Garten Foundation
Photograph of Foundation workers; photographs from a Garten Foundation fundraiser at the Straubs' home; recipe and notes for a 1990 fundraiser the Straubs hosted; open letter in honor of Straub's memory after his death.
1990-2002
Land donations for park
Correspondence, map, fish survey information, newsletter, and other materials regarding the Straubs' donation of land to the city of Salem for a park
1999-2001
Mid-Willamette Valley Hospice, Inc.
Press clipping with photograph of the Straubs preparing a fundraiser breakfast
circa 1982
Oregon Children's Foundation
Letter from former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt thanking the Straubs for their support of the SMART reading program
1998
Salem Self-Help Housing
Certificate of appreciation from Salem Self-Housing, an affordable-housing non-profit founded by Straub in 1989; notes on topics such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and program expansion.
1994, undated
Salem Self-Help Housing- Application materials
2001
Salem Self-Help Housing- Board of Directors
Meeting minutes and financial reports
1999-2001
Salem Self-Help Housing- Press clippings
1990-1996
Salem Self-Help Housing- Speech
Outline, notes, and a source article for a speech by Straub regarding SSHH
circa 1990s
Salem Self-Help Housing- Tax return
2005
Scholarships
Correspondence and application materials regarding scholarships the Straubs funded
1988-2000
United Way- Press clipping
1996
Correspondence and related materials
boxes
3
Alden, Julie
Correspondence regarding logging Camp 14, where Alden's father served as a cook, and where Straub also worked. Includes photocopies of camp photographs from 1939-1940.
1994, 2000
Anderson, Clayton and Linda
2001
Bassett, Martin and Rhonna
1993-1998
Crego, Rem
Letter from a former Dartmouth classmate, discussing his feelings of patriotism, criticizing the Dartmouth administration's response to the war, and encouraging Bob to enlist as well.
1941
Crocker, Elizabeth, and students
1999
Davis, Lucille (Lu) and Wallace (Wally)
1991, 1995
Duggan, William Redman
Photograph of Duggan, a family friend, with an unidentified man at a ranch; memorial service materials, writings, and press clippings
1974-1979
Dutton, W. C. (Bud)
Letter with enclosed photographs of Straub, Dutton, and others at an American Institute of Planners (AIP) meeting in Portland; Dutton's CV
1966, 1972, undated
Hanneman, Barbara and Eugene
Correspondence. A photograph of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt at Crater Lake in the early 1900s, with a note on the back from the Hannemans to Straub, is found in box 39.
1973-1994, undated
Hoffer, Eric- Correspondence
1967-1969
Hoffer, Eric- Writings
1967-1968, undated
Jones, Barbara
Card and enclosed photographs of Bob Straub State Park and of the Straub family (including Pat, Mike, and grandchildren) at the Straub farmhouse
1996
Long, Reub
Letter from Long, an eastern Oregon rancher and writer; photographs of Long at his line camp and of the camp; digital photographic prints of Long with Bob and Peg Straub with one of the mustangs they purchased from Long at his ranch. An oversized photograph of Long is in box 42.
1964- circa 1980s
Mervin, William and Suzanne
2000-2001
Metke, Luther
Card, and a collection of poems by Metke
1980, undated
Nunn, Warne
Letter from Nunn, Gov. Straub's administrative assistant, with included historical information about John Day.
1998
Russell, Bob and Helen
Notes, press clippings, and letters, several reflecting on Bob Russell and Straub's shared days in logging.
1962-1985, undated
Russell, Bob and Helen- Photographs
Photographs of the Straubs and Russells, as well as of Russell and Straub logging
circa 1920s-1990s
Wales, Gretchen and Burton (Linc)
Christmas card from the Wales, another couple who met at Mt. Moosilauke
1992
Various, B-K
1948-2001
Various, L-S
Includes a tribute by William Stafford Hansell to his uncle, William Stafford
1964-2000, undated
John and Linda
Letter from John and Linda (no last name given), as well as enclosed photographs of the couple with the Straubs at the Oregon State Capitol, at Bob Straub State Park, and at the Straubs' farmhouse
circa 1990s
Various, no last name
Includes a letter from Mary with enclosed photographs of the Straubs at their farmhouse and at Bob Straub State Park and elsewhere on the Oregon coast in 1996
1944-2001
Holiday cards
Includes a card from President Jimmy Carter
1977-1997
Holiday cards, photographic
1968-1989, undated
boxes
4
Holiday cards, outgoing
Straub family Christmas cards and a 1962 Christmas newsletter that includes updates on the family's activities; most feature a family photograph.
1949-circa 1990s
Birthday
Includes a poem to Straub on his 65th birthday from Jim Havel, the Poet Laureate of the Legislature, as well as a handmade card with a collage of magazine clippings and a poem about Straub entitled "Ode to a Centaur"
1976-1995, undated
Birthday- 80th birthday
Includes cards from the Mid-Willamette Alzheimer's Association, daughter Peg and her husband Robin Thomas, Mike and his wife Linna Straub, and former secretary Barbara Hanneman (with an included photograph).
2000
Loose photographs
Photographs with notes on the reverse; they appear to have originally been enclosures with correspondence.
circa 1950s-1990s
Health
boxes
4
Alzheimer's- Care
Notes about Straub's caregivers; correspondence and forms regarding his enrollment in the Respite Care Network; press clipping
2001
Alzheimer's- Press clippings
1999-2002
Alzheimer's- Update notebook
Notebook with notes from Straub's visitors while he was ill and updates on his condition. Writers include his daughters Jane and Patty.
2002
Depression
Letter to Straub's friend and head of the Oregon State Hospital, Dr. Dean Brooks, from Straub's physician, asking Brooks to convince Straub to take medication.
1975
Other conditions
Correspondence from Straub's physicians regarding his eye problems and his allergies; allergy test report; article with note
1947-1994
Memorabilia
1903-1959
Baby bracelet
Silver bracelet with Straub's name and birthdate (box 37)
1920
Commemorative items
Reproduction of JFK's inaugural address, presented by the Democratic National Committee (box 42); "Lake County Buck" from the 1959 Oregon Centennial (box 37)
1961
Portrait and painting
Drawing of Straub by Gil Arendt (box 42); painting of an insect signed by Bob Straub (box 38)
1970, undated
Textiles
Woman's Auxiliary O.P.A. reunion 1903 ribbon; Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition silk handkerchief; undated Straub campaign ribbon; marathon bib numbers (10 and 69) (box 43)
1903-circa 1980s
Tokens and coins
(stored in box 35)
circa 1940s-1980s
Military service
boxes
4
Identification and printed materials
Straub's Selective Service registration certificate, Crossville Internment Camp honor pass, Camp Shelby honor pass, and Churchill Club membership card. Also includes one of his father's business cards, with a note on the back referring Bob to a British embassy worker. Dog tags and insignia pin are stored in box 37.
1941-1943
Photographs
Includes official army portraits of Straub, photos of Straub in London, and in uniform with Pat.Other photos are found within family scrapbook albums (particularly the 3. 1943-1947 and Early married years scrapbooks); safety film negatives are stored separately in box 47.
circa 1941-1944
World War II press clippings
1944-1945
Photographs
boxes
4
Primarily portraits of Straub, most of which were likely used for campaign materials. Includes a photo of Straub at an agricultural fair or event; running in a race in downtown Salem; and at an elderly woman's birthday party. Oversized photos in box 42 include several portraits of Straub and a photograph of Straub milking cows with Barbara Roberts.
circa 1960s-1970s
Portraits and snapshots of Straub around his home and properties
circa 1980s
circa 1990s-2000s
Straub with his dog Reuben
1995
Properties
Biographical/Historical noteStraub's properties included the family's Orchard Heights farmhouse in West Salem, and its surrounding land; timber land in Willamina; the Spray Ranch (also known as the Kahler Creek Ranch) in Wheeler County that included the Henry Creek Cabin, the Carty Cabin, Moore's Place, and Templeton Place; and timber land in Curtin that included Fisher Place. More detailed information about Straub's holdings as of 1978 may be found in Political papers- Governor- Annual Verified Statement of Economic Interest.
boxes
4
Curtin- Fisher Place
House plans; photographic prints and negatives of its construction and surrounding lands
circa 1980s
Curtin- Photographs
Prints and negatives of logging, the land, and a family picnic. Also includes a photo of the Straubs with friends Dorothy and Vic Oleson at Curtin.
circa 1970s-1980s
boxes
5
Mexican condominium
Press clipping regarding legal issues regarding the Straubs' condo in Guaymas.
1988
Orchard Heights farmhouse- Hosford family
Correspondence, genealogical materials, copy of a Polk County township plat map, and other materials regarding the Hosford family's previous ownership of the Straubs' farmhouse
1974-1983, undated
Orchard Heights farmhouse- Needlepoint
Framed needlepoint of the farmhouse made by Pat Straub's cousin, Lana Crawford (box 44)
1982
Orchard Heights farmhouse- Photographs
Photographs of the home's interior, exterior, and surrounding lands. Also includes digital prints of the farmhouse before it was owned by the Straubs.
1895, 1957, 1980s-1990s
Orchard Heights farmhouse- Textual materials
Correspondence, invoice, and press clippings
1981-2001
Spray ranch- Carty Cabin- Diary
Bound volume with notes from friends and family who stayed at the cabin. Most early entries are by Pat, while later entries are primarily by the Straubs' children and grandchildren.
1987-2009
Spray ranch- Carty Cabin- Photographs
Prints and negatives of the Straubs at Carty Cabin, surrounding lands, and its construction
1988, undated
Spray ranch- Henry Creek Cabin- Diary
1982-1994
Spray ranch- Moore Place
Photographic prints and negatives of logging and land at Moore Place
1981, undated
Spray ranch- Templeton Place- Photograph
circa 1970s
Spray ranch- Photographs
circa 1970s
Spray ranch- Photographs
1981-1988, undated
Willamina- Kenoyer family
Correspondence, genealogical materials, and other materials regarding the Kenoyer family's use of the Straubs' Willamina property, which had once been part of the Kenoyer family's land grant, for a family reunion.
1993
Willamina- Photographs
Photographs and negatives of the Straubs' tree farm at Willamina.
1995
Religion
boxes
6
Notes
undated
School years
boxes
6
Los Altos Grammar School- Photograph
Class photo, with students identified on reverse. Acetate negative stored in box 47.
1934
Los Altos Grammar School- Reunion
Correspondence, photographs, booklet, and other materials regarding the 50th reunion.
1983-1986
Mountain View Union High School- Caroline Wood
Photographs of Pat and Bob Straub with Straub's former high school teacher, Caroline Wood
circa early 1990s
Mountain View Union High School- Commencement
Diploma, commencement program, certificates of class credit, and Straub's commencement speech, "Why High School?"
1938
Mountain View Union High School- Reunion
Correspondence, save-the-date notice, and photographs
1990
Mountain View Union High School- Yearbook
1938
Essay
Handwritten draft of an essay about Christopher Columbus, probably from Straub's high school years
circa mid-1930s-1943
Dartmouth- Academic records
Report of standing and statement of credits from Straub's second year in the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration
1947
Dartmouth- Correspondence and press clipping
Fragmented newspaper clipping with a photo of Straub at the Grand Eastern forensic tournament; letter from dean informing Straub his library privileges had been revoked for the term
1941, undated
Dartmouth- Cufflinks
(stored in box 37)
undated
Dartmouth- Photographs
Straub's school portraits; photograph of Pat with son Jeff and two others on the Tuck Mall (page probably removed from a campus publication). See also Straub family papers- Scrapbooks and photo albums- "2" 1940-1943.
1946, undated
Dartmouth- Support for America's entry into World War II
Essay; letter to the editor of the campus paper in support of entering World War II
1941, undated
Dartmouth- Thesis
Typescript of Straub's thesis, "A Study of Principle Wage Theories, Historic Period and Current Period."
1947
Mt. Moosilauke- Correspondence
House party invitations, correspondence with other members of the Dartmouth Outing Club and Moosilauke Summit Crew, copy of Straub's memorandum to the Trustees on behalf of the Outing Club, and a letter from Straub (as ex-Hutmaster) reporting on the camp's 1942 season
1940-1942
Mt. Moosilauke- Memorabilia
Wood, canvas, and leather backpack handmade by Straub while he was working on Moosilauke (stored with oversized materials); piece of birch whittled by Straub (box 37)
1939-1941
Mt. Moosilauke- Photographs and postcards
1939-1942
Mt. Moosilauke- Printed materials
Maps, articles, and two published histories of Mt. Moosilauke
1932-1999
Travel
Costa Rica- Pat's trip notes
circa 1980s
France
Road map of France; official permission for the Straubs to visit the Lascaux Cave; press clipping regarding the Straubs' coincidental meeting with other Oregonians while in Paris
1979
Israel- Pat's trip journals and notes
1976
Israel- Photographs and printed materials
circa 1976
Mexico- Photographs and printed materials
Photograph of Bob Straub with Ramon, a fisherman Straub befriended on his trips to Mexico; copy of a press clipping about the Straubs' trip to Sonora; Jean Russell's annotated Spanish language handbook; "Toros without Tears: A Simple Explanation of a Bullfight;" and a tourist magazine.Other photographs are found within the family photo albums (Straub family papers- Scrapbooks and photo albums) and in box 45.
1952-1970, undated
Mexico- Trip notes
1955-1966
Oregon
Trip notes, correspondence, printed materials, and press clippings, including materials regarding a Mazama Owyhee River Outing and a rafting trip on the John Day
1965-1998
Tanzania
Climbing certificates for Mt. Kilimanjaro's Gilman's Point, which Bob and Pat Straub visited on their trip to Tanzania
circa 1980s

Straub family papersReturn to Top

The Straub family papers series consists of materials relating to and created by Robert Straub's family. The bulk of the series is comprised of family photographs, many of which are found within magnetic scrapbook albums. Other materials include correspondence, genealogical materials, children's drawings, certificates, and press clippings.

Early family scrapbooks, though fragile, offer some of the best-labeled photographs and illustrate how intermingled Straub's personal and political lives were. The correspondence between Straub and his parents provides a particularly rich personal narrative, touching on his early political experience as well as his wartime experience and family life.

Container(s) Description Dates
Genealogical materials
boxes
7
Straub family tree
Family tree, drawn by Pat Straub, that extends from Bob Straub's parents to his grandchildren
circa late 1980s
Huston family (mother's side)
circa 1990s (with photocopies of historical materials)
Straub family
circa 1990s (with photocopies of historical materials)
Tulley family (mother's side)
circa 1990s (with photocopies of historical materials)
Wilkinson family (father's side)
circa 1990s (with photocopies of historical materials)
Grandparents
boxes
7
Photographs
Photographs of Straub's paternal grandparents, Frank and Etta Straub, and a photograph of Straub as a child with his maternal grandmother, Emma Tulley; unidentified Straub family photos received from Mary Turner Campbell
circa 1900s-early 1920s
Mark Tulley (grandfather)
July 24, 1901 issue of the Independence, KS Tribune, featuring a short biographical article on Straub's maternal grandfather, Mark Tulley, who had served as county treasurer and was then Director of the Kansas State Penitentiary. (box 46)
1901
Parents (Thomas J. Straub and Mary Tulley Straub)
boxes
7
Correspondence from Bob
Letters discuss Straub's experience at Dartmouth and in the military police
1941-1942
Correspondence to Bob
Includes a telegram congratulating Straub on his election as Lane County commissioner
1950-1957, undated
Photographs
Family portrait of father with the Straub children; family photo in front of their Los Altos home; 1930 photographic holiday card; photographs of the family property at Tie Camp.An acetate negative is stored in box 47.
circa mid-1920s-1930s
Thomas J. Straub- Correspondence, business-related
1946-1955
Thomas J. Straub- Correspondence from Bob
Note from Straub to his father while he was at Dartmouth, joking about asking for money.
circa 1939-1941
Thomas J. Straub- Correspondence to Bob
1943, 1952
Thomas J. Straub- Correspondence to Pat
Note from Straub to Pat commenting on the fact that son Mike was a boy, rather than a girl, as anticipated.
circa 1947
Thomas J. Straub- Military records
1999 (with photocopies of historical records)
Thomas J. Straub- Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Photograph of Thomas Straub's boss and mentor, Mr. Bradley; bound edition of speeches (including an address at the San Francisco Law School) and correspondence, most probably by or received by Thomas Straub in his capacity as legal counsel for PG&E, and an illustrated book of PG&E's history, "Pacific Gas and Electric Company: Properties Owned and Operated, Territory Served, Finances, History, Statistics," (books stored in box 46); rolled certificate in honor of Straub's being admitted to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court (box 35).
1911-1939
Thomas J. Straub- Photographs
Photographs of Thomas Straub, including a photo of Thomas with his twin sister Kate, Straub in his uniform during the Spanish-American War, and one of Straub at a 1932 reunion with his regiment, as well as a photograph of his brother Ivan. Framed portrait stored in box 35; an acetate negative is stored in box 47; and oversized portraits are in box 42.
Circa 1910s-1949
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Certification of birth and obituary
1947, 1958
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Correspondence from Bob
1930-1944
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Correspondence to Bob
1949-1956
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Correspondence to Pat
1952-1957, undated
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Correspondence to Margaret and Sam Urner
Letter from Mary Straub to her sister and brother-in-law on their anniversary
1958
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Journals
6 journals kept by Straub's mother. Three are primarily diary entries, two are primarily household accounting notes, and the other is a mixture of both. Stored in box 41.
1929-1956
Mary Ellen Tulley Straub- Photographs
Photographs of Mary Straub, her parents, and siblings. An acetate negative of a portrait of Straub is stored in box 47.
circa 1900s-1950s
Siblings, cousins, and their families
boxes
8
Photographs and poem
Three portraits of Straub and his siblings; 1977 issue of "A Portland Jewish Family Album," (addressed to Loren Kramer) with a photo of Straub and his siblings included. Handwritten poem with stanzas about several of the Straub siblings and their families.
circa 1920s-1977
Frank H. Straub- Correspondence to Bob and to parents
Two postcards, one to his parents and one to his brother Bob and his family
1950, 1952
Frank H. Straub- Memorial poem by Luke Russell
1990
Frank H. Straub- Children- Correspondence from Barbara Straub to Straub family
Postcards and letters sent to the Straub family (primarily to Bob, Pat, Bill, and Peg), many from Barbara's trip to Mexico and South America with Jean and Ike Russell
1968-1969
Frank H. Straub- Children- Correspondence from Jimmy Straub to Bob and Pat Straub
circa 1950s
Frank H. Straub- Children- Photographs
Photograph of Bob Straub in his military uniform with Frank's children, Mary and Barbara; portrait of Barbara as a young woman
circa 1940s-1960s
Jean Russell- Correspondence from Bob
Two postcards, and photocopies of letters sent to Jean while Straub was at Dartmouth and at logging camp 14, as well as two later letters.
1939-1969, circa 1990s
Jean Russell- Correspondence to Bob
Correspondence from Jean (sometimes with her husband Ike) to Bob and Pat Straub, including a letter congratulating them on deciding to settle in Oregon, postcards from the Russells' trip to South America, and a letter commenting on their parents' health, and discussing other family and agriculture issues.
1947-2000
Jean Russell- Correspondence to Pat
Includes photographs Jean sent from a 1992 trip she and the Straubs took to New York City. One 1958 letter discusses how Jean has depended on Bob's strength.
1958-1992, undated
Jean Russell- Correspondence to parents and to Peg Straub
Postcard to parents from Arizona, and to Peg from Peru
1952, circa 1968
Jean Russell- Husband (Ike)- Correspondence to Bob
1956-1980
Jean Russell- Children- Correspondence from Luke and David Russell to Bob Straub
circa 1950s
Jean Russell- Photographs
Includes photographs of the Straubs and Russells at a beach, a photo of Jean as a child, and one of Jean and Ike in their 20s in Arizona.
circa 1920s-1998
James T. Straub (Jim)- Correspondence to Bob
1951
James T. Straub (Jim)- Photographs
Photographs of Jim and of his children, Tulley and Kate
1941, undated
James T. Straub (Jim)- Children- Correspondence from Tulley Straub to Bob and Pat
1974, undated
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Correspondence from Bob
1982
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Correspondence to Bob
1941, 1950, undated
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Correspondence to Bernice Straub
Many of the letters include reminiscences about the Straubs' childhood and comments about Bob's 1978 gubernatorial campaign
1976-1979
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Correspondence to Frank Straub
Letter from Tom to Frank regarding Straub family genealogy
1981
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Correspondence to Jean and Ike Russell (photocopy)
1941
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Children
Correspondence, legal papers, and other materials regarding Tom's children, particularly a custody dispute with his ex-wife; photographic Christmas cards from his son Jeff's family to Bob and Pat
1982, undated
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Photograph
Large photograph of Tom as a young boy, stored in box 39.
circa early 1930s
Thomas J. Straub, Jr. (Tom)- Writings for the Desert Sage
Articles Straub wrote for the newsletter of the Friends of the Oregon Desert.
Other writings of Tom Straub, relating to his newspaper, the Lane Reporter, have been separated from the collection.
1979
Bernice Straub- Correspondence with Straubs and photograph
Letters from Bob Straub, Pat Straub, Jean Russell, Sage and Moss Thomas, and from an Alfred G. Straub regarding genealogy. Also includes a portrait of Bernice, a cousin of Bob's who lived with his family in her teenage years.
1953-1981
Wife (Lana Laine Patricia Stroud Straub)
boxes
9
Correspondence- Bob to Pat, wartime
A 1943 letter includes the follow-up letter to Straub's proposal-by-telegram. Other topics include their newborn son, Jeff, as well as Straub's military service. See also Straub family papers- Scrapbooks and photo albums- Early married years scrapbook.
1943-1945
Correspondence- Bob to Pat
1949-1985, undated
Correspondence- Pat to Bob, wartime
Also includes portraits of Bob and Pat sent in a small photo holder along with a letter.
1943-1945
Correspondence- Pat to Bob
1959-1980, undated
Photographs
Primarily professional photographs of the Straubs at their Orchard Heights home. Also includes photos of the Straubs in front of the Alamo in San Antonio the day after their wedding, and two press photos were sent along with a letter to Barbara Hanneman. Two oversized black-and-white photographs are stored in box 39.
1943-1993, undated [accompanying letter from 2012]
Printed materials
Copy of the Straubs' marriage license; book, "The Marriage Service," with the text of a marriage service with the Straubs' names filled in; square dancing diploma; photocopy of an article by Maggi White holding up the Straubs as an example of a loving marriage.
1943, 1958, undated
Children and their families
boxes
10
Baptismal certificates
Baptismal certificates for the Straubs' five children, from St. John's Church in Springfield, Oregon.
1955-1956
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Correspondence from father
Christmas V-mails from Straub to his infant son
circa 1944
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Correspondence to parents
3.0 folders
Correspondence from Jeff to his family, primarily from his time in the military and at Yale University
1956-1986
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Photographs
Photographs of Jeff, of his children, and of his ex-wife Berta. Includes a photo of Jeff's high school graduation and from his time in the military. A photograph of Jeff as a child, enclosed in a frame engraved with his initials and birthdate, is stored in box 35.
1944-1990
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Weddings
Invitation and photographs from Jeff's wedding to Alberta Picnalook; invitation from his wedding to Kelly Nash
circa 1978, 2001
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Childhood papers
Birth certificate, award certificate, and other papers. See also Scrapbooks and photo albums- Jeff's birth scrapbook.
1944-1958
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Press clippings
1958-1983
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Senate candidacy
1985-1986
Jefferson Tully Straub (Jeff)- Children- Correspondence between Bobby Straub and grandparents
1996, undated
Michael William Straub (Mike)- Correspondence from father
circa 1990s
Michael William Straub (Mike)- Correspondence to parents
2.0 folders
Correspondence, primarily regarding his time at Eastern Oregon College and on the cross-country team, as well as comments on Straub's campaigns; one return address is noted as "Straub for Treas. Committee #1." A 1991 letter from Mike's wife Linna includes photographic negatives of the family.
1964-1967, 1991
boxes
11
Michael William Straub (Mike)- Childhood papers
A drawing of a fire lookout is stored separately in box 42.
1947-1951, undated
Michael William Straub (Mike)- Photographs
Photographs of Mike, his wife Linna, and their children
1968-1992
Michael William Straub (Mike)- Press clippings
1959
Michael William Straub (Mike)- Children- Correspondence and drawings to grandparents
Includes children's paintings on Straub Land Company stationery
1977-1986
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Correspondence to parents
1956-1987
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Childhood papers
Includes a certificate welcoming her into "the Dartmouth tribe" upon birth; a drawing with building plans on the back; and a drawing of her father as a pacifist.
1947-1963
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Correspondence with siblings and to grandmother
1953-1962
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Miss Springfield Pageant
Program and press clippings from the 1966 pageant, which Jane won, as well as photos of Jane with her father and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Oversized photographs are found in box 39.
1966
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Photographs
Photographs of Jane and of her children, Sarah and Duncan
1949-1989
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Press clippings
1979-1993, undated
Jane Wistar Straub Stanley- Children- Correspondence from Sarah and Duncan to grandparents
1982-1987, undated
Lana Patricia Straub Thomas (Patty)- Correspondence from parents (photocopy)
1998
Lana Patricia Straub Thomas (Patty)- Correspondence to parents
2.0 folders
Correspondence to her parents, including a 1961 letter offering her father support in his conflicts with Sen. Harry Boiven. The bulk of the correspondence is from her and her husband Jay's stay in Venezuela.
1955-1986
Lana Patricia Straub Thomas (Patty)- Photographs
Photographs of Patty and of her children, Moss and Sage
1954- circa 1980s
Lana Patricia Straub Thomas (Patty)- Press clippings
1969-1978
Lana Patricia Straub Thomas (Patty)- Husband (Jay)- Correspondence to Bob and Pat
1989
Lana Patricia Straub Thomas (Patty)- Children- Correspondence to grandparents
1977-1986
boxes
12
Margaret Rutter Straub Thomas (Peg)- Correspondence to parents
1964-1982
Margaret Rutter Straub Thomas (Peg)- Photographs
Photographs of Peg, her husband Robin, and their two children, Joe and Annie
1954-1996, undated
Margaret Rutter Straub Thomas (Peg)- Photographs- School portraits
Individual and class photographs from Peg's elementary school years
1960-1966
Margaret Rutter Straub Thomas (Peg)- Children- Correspondence and drawings to grandparents
Includes a sign for Annie's second-grade campaign for school secretary
1984-1996
William McKenzie Straub (Bill)- Correspondence to parents
1960-1971
William McKenzie Straub (Bill)- Correspondence from Patty and from Mike
1965, undated
William McKenzie Straub (Bill)- Childhood papers
Includes a souvenir chart of classmates' autographs from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair
1955-1965
William McKenzie Straub (Bill)- Death and memorial
1973
William McKenzie Straub (Bill)- Journal and other writings
1971-1973
William McKenzie Straub (Bill)- Photographs
1957, undated
Photographs
boxes
12
1940s-1950s
Includes photographs of the Straubs camping, at home, the construction of their home in Thurston, and in Arizona while visiting Jean and Ike Russell. Negatives unaccompanied by prints are primarily stored in box 40.
1940s-1950s
1960s
Includes photos of the Straubs at the Nestucca sand spit, camping at Warm Springs, and at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Most photos not accompanied by negatives are stored in box 45, while negatives unaccompanied by prints are primarily stored in box 40.
1960s
1969
1969
1970
1970
1970s
Includes photographs of Straub and two of his sons working on constructing a building. Most photos not accompanied by negatives are stored in box 45, while negatives unaccompanied by prints are primarily stored in box 40.
1970s
1990
Includes photographs of Bob in front of the Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto, Neil Goldschmidt visiting the Straubs, and family and friends at the Straubs' Spray ranch.
1990
1992
1992
1998-1999
1998-1999
boxes
13
1990s
2.0 folders
Includes photographs of Bob's old Ford truck; his granddaughter Annie with his dog Reuben; Straub with his son Mike; a trip on the Columbia River; the Straubs at their Curtin and Willamina properties; and a trip to California. Most photos not accompanied by negatives are stored in boxes 45 and 48, while negatives unaccompanied by prints are primarily stored in box 40.
circa 1990s
Family portraits
circa 1950s-1980s
Miscellaneous photographs
Unidentified photographs of individuals and groups, some of whom may be Straub family members.
circa 1890s-1940s
Scrapbooks and photo albums
Album titles and numbering reflect labels on items, where they were present. Although the bulk of the scrapbooks' content is family photographs, other photographs and materials are interspersed throughout; they have been preserved as album units to retain original order. Most scrapbooks are in extremely fragile condition, and will require careful handling.
boxes
49
1. Strouds and early Straubs
Black scrapbook album with Pat's photographs, particularly of her family and school friends. Includes images of her senior class in 1938, of her mother and stepfather on their honeymoon in Atlantic City, of her sister Peggy's wedding (at which Pat and her other sister Cassie were bridesmaids), the Dartmouth Outing Club, and the 1939 Dartmouth Carnival.
1931-1939
50
2. 1940-1943
Green scrapbook album, inscribed "Patsy Stroud Christmas 1940." Includes photos of Pat's family; her sister Cassie's wedding; the Stroud home, Hollow Tree; Pat's high school friends; her time at Smith College; horseback riding; tennis; Mt. Moosilauke; Bob Straub with his car and at Dartmouth; Bob's brothers Tom (with his infant son Jeff) and Frank; as well as Pat's Society of Alpha Pi certificate. Friends pictured include Elsie Wood, Judy Fiske, and Will Sharon.
circa late 1910s- mid 1940s
51
3. 1943-1947
Brown scrapbook album with family photos, including pictures from the Straubs' honeymoon at the Alamo in San Antonio; with Bob's brother Frank's family in Port Arthur, Texas; in New Orleans; in Los Altos; of Bob chopping wood; their apartment in Petersburg; Bob in the military at Ft. Washington and in London, Paris, and Germany; with Bob's sister Jean's family in Arizona; Jeff and Mike as infants; the family dog, Bismark; the Straubs' cabin at the lumber camp in Placerville, and Bob at the camp; as well as Bob's certificate for completing a military censorship course.
1943-1947
52
Early married years scrapbook
Red scrapbook. Contains the pros and cons list Pat made when trying to decide whether to accept Bob's proposal; telegrams with Bob (regarding her traveling to attend a dance with him) and with family; correspondence from while Pat was attending summer school in Wisconsin; the Straubs' marriage certificate and a copy of the marriage license; cards; press clippings of their marriage announcement; correspondence between Bob and Pat while he was away serving in the military; a telegram from Pat's sister Cassie announcing the birth of her twin children; a welcome home letter to Bob from Pat; Bob's Quartermaster Association membership card; Pat's hospital bracelet from Jeff's birth; press clippings; dried flowers; and other received correspondence and collected ephemera.
1943-44
53
Jeff's birth scrapbook
Ivory scrapbook album containing WWII-related press clippings and materials (including a birth announcement card and congratulatory correspondence) regarding the birth of the Straubs' son Jeff.
1944
53
4
Green scrapbook whose binder is labeled "Halloween 1947/ Trip to Pa./ Beginning at Thurston/ Trip East with Jane in 1950/ Finishing New Home in Thurston." Includes family photographs, primarily of the Straub children, as well as photographs of the Straubs' move to Oregon; building their home in Springfield's Thurston neighborhood; visiting Pat's sister Cassie and her family; and sight-seeing along the Oregon Trail; as well as a birth announcement for Jane Straub.
1947-1950
54
5
Black scrapbook whose spine is labeled "1947-1954/ Thurston/ Wallawa's/ Straub Reunion/ Jim + Denny at Sisters/ Mellors 1st Visit West." Includes photographs of Billy Stroud and Bob Straub in London during WWII; the Straub family home in Thurston; a family trip to the Oregon coast, including Florence's Sea Lion Caves; the Wallowa Mountains; a visit with Bob's parents in Los Altos; and the Straub children.
1949-1954
54
6
Ivory scrapbook whose spine is labeled "(1954) Plot[?] Guard Thanksgiv./ 2nd Trip to Mexico 1954/ Jane, Jeff, Mike visit Russells/ Death Valley 1958 Grains[?]." Contains photographs at San Carlos Bay, Mexico; Sisters, OR; Curtin; Maples; the Oregon State Fair; and Death Valley; as well as photos of Springfield's first Broiler Festival; Bob with a buck he killed; the Straubs with the Mellor family; and the Straubs visiting Pat's brother Morris and his wife Marion.
1954-1958
55
7
Off-white scrapbook whose spine label reads "1955/ Thurston School Pictures/ Curtin/ Sharlie's wedding/ 1st trip to Mexico/ Reno visit/ 1956." Primarily photos of the Straub children; also includes photos of family friends (including Linc Wales) and their children, older family photos (including portraits of Bob's parents), Agnes Stroud's wedding, Bob Straub at Weyerhauser Timber, the Straubs' first trip to Guaymas, the Straubs in the Ochoco Mountains, Bob preparing for the County Commissioner election, and photos of Wayne Morse and Estes Kefauver.
circa 1910s-1956
55
8. September 1958- June 1961
Off-white scrapbook album. Includes photographs of Bob Straub's 1958 State Senate campaign, Pat's art class, Straub at the State Legislature, the family at Warm Spring River, Straub with California Gov. Pat Brown, the Straubs at Irish Lake with Bob's sister Jean and her husband Ike, an overnight hunting trip at Curtin, the Straubs at their Goshen property (including photos after a 1961 flood), Jeff Straub's high school track team, and Straub with Adlai Stevenson in Portland.
1948-1961
56
9. June 1961- April 1964
Light blue photo album, including images of the Straub family at home; at the Springfield Broiler Festival; school portraits of the Straub children; in Coos Bay; on vacation in Mexico; at Tie Camp with family friend Frank Isadora; at the White Water Parade with Charlie Brooks; at the Straubs' Spray ranch; Pat in front of the Fossil, OR courthouse; at the Seattle World's Fair; the Straub family at Bear Creek Canyon; and a photo of Jane Straub with Nelson Rockefeller.
1961-1964
56
10. June 1964- June 1967
Blue photo album, including photos of the Straubs working at their Spray ranch, the Albany Timber Carnival, the Umatilla County Fair, Bob and Jane Straub with Betty Roberts, the Deschutes River, the Straubs' first home in Salem, Nestucca Beach, Warm Springs, the 1966 Mother's Day beach rally, and Straub campaigning for governor in 1966.
1964-1967
57
11. (1967-1970)
Brown photo album, primarily containing family photos. Includes images of the Straub family traveling down the Owyhee River, at Reub Long's Line Camp in Fort Rock, OR, Patty Straub's marriage to Jay Thomas (attendees pictured include Barbara Hanneman and Ken Johnson), Straub in his office as State Treasurer, and a page labeled "Special People" that includes photos of Vic Oleson, Bill and Sheila Marvin, Gene Hanneman, and Neil Goldschmidt with his wife and young son.
1967-1970
57
12. 1971
Green photo album, including images of the Straub family at their Carty Place property, in Guaymas, in Nashville, at the Straubs' West Salem home, Pat and Bob at Anthony Lakes with Dean Brooks, and at the Straubs' home with Eric Hoffer.
1970-1971
58
13. December 1973- March 1977
Events and locations pictured include a family trip to Baja; Straub campaigning for governor in 1974; a visit with Bob's cousin Bernice Straub; the Spray ranch; a highway joining dedication in Baker, OR; horseback riding; fishing; a governor's staff party; Bob playing tennis; Straub at the Japanese Palace in Tokyo with the Crown Prince; Straub at the Portland Rose Festival; the Feast of Will; a memorial for Ernest Bloch at Agate Beach; the 1976 Pendleton Round-up; the 1976 Hell's Canyon Park Dedication; Curtin; the Orchard Heights farmhouse; the Bicentennial train from Eugene to Albany; and Bob and Pat's trip to Israel.
1973-1977
58
14. 1977-1980- Summer
Includes photographs of Bob Straub's arrival by National Guard helicopter, helicopter views of Curtin, the Straub family camping, Spray Rodeo Weekend, the Pendleton Round-up, Bob and Pat's trip to San Francisco, Newport Stump Days, the 1978 Western Governors' Conference, the Straubs vacationing in Guaymas, the Straub family and Eric Hoffer at Maples, and a camping trip with Jean and Ike Russell. Also includes a photo of Bob and Pat Straub with Linus Pauling at the University of Oregon in 1977, and with Peanuts creator Charles Schultz and his wife on a boat to Sausalito.
1977-1980
58
Green photo album including images from the Straubs' trip to Baja, a visit with the Russells in Tucson, Dean Brooks, the Great Oregon Steam-Up, the Polk County Fair, Thanksgiving dinner, and Berta and Jeff Straub's wedding at Curtin.
1972-1975
59
Alaska
Album containing photographs of Bob and Pat's trip to Alaska with Bob's sister Jean, as well as photos of the Straubs with their grandchildren at their Orchard Heights farmhouse.
circa 1980s
36
Willamina, Spray, Curtin Feb. '81
Blue photo album with photographs of the Straub family at their properties, as well as of several members of the family (including Bob) running in a half-marathon.
1979-1981
59
Jan. 1980- August 1981
Photo album including images of family friend Frank Isidora, Spray, the Maples, logging at Curtin, a campaign event for Ted Kulongoski featuring Walter Mondale at the Straubs' home, Dean Brooks' visit with the Straubs, and photos of Bob and Pat Straub with Mangosuthu (Gotsha) Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, at the Straubs' home. A pin advertising Inkatha's National Cultural Liberation Movement is found in box 60.
1980-1981
59
September '84 (N. Ariz.)
Album primarily contains photos from the Straubs' trip to visit the Russells in Arizona; other events pictured include Bob Straub's 65th birthday party, clearing timber at the Moore Place Cabin, and an exploratory 1985 campaign event for Neil Goldschmidt.
1984-1985
59
October 1980-'84 NYC, African Party for Barb H.
Photo album includes pictures from Pat Straub's trip to New York City, a costume party the Straubs hosted for Barbara Hanneman before her trip to Botswana, the Straubs at the Henry Creek Cabin, and family friends Bob Russell, Louise Holman, and Minnie Beckett.
1980-1984

Patricia Stroud Straub personal papersReturn to Top

The Patricia Stroud Straub papers series consists of materials regarding and created by Bob's wife, Pat. The bulk of the series consists of genealogical research and family correspondence, but series contents such as manuscripts, press clippings, certificates, and photographs also reflect that Pat was a well-known figure in her own right: a published author, a member of the State Forestry Board, a newspaper columnist, and an artist.

Container(s) Description Dates
Certificates and official records
1923-1949
boxes
13
Certificate from American Red Cross for volunteer service during WWII; baptismal and confirmation certificates; diploma from the Shipley School; Howe Library card; will.
1923-1949
Correspondence and related materials
Atiyeh, Victor
Letter regarding the Straub Archives and Atiyeh's fond memories of Bob Straub.
circa 2002-2010
Anderson, Lloyd
Letter from Anderson, Executive Director of the Port of Portland, expressing his appreciation for Pat's service as First Lady.
1978
Claus, Santa
Letter from Pat as a child to Santa Claus, discussing the weather and asking for skis and a watch.
circa late 1920s- early 1930s
Crawford, Bibi
Letter from Crawford, a childhood friend of Pat's, with photos from Pat's childhood home in Villa Nova, Hollow Tree.
1989, with included photos circa 1940s
Hanneman, Barbara
Card and letters regarding parties, visits, and family updates
1995-1999, undated
Sweetland, Monroe
Letter from Sweetland, a state senator, to Pat regarding his daughter Becky; photograph of Sweetland reprinted from the Oregon Historical Society.
1946, 1960
No last name
Includes a poem celebrating Pat's authorship of From the Loving Earth.
1941-1996, undated
Birthday
Includes several poems to Pat, birthday cards, and a press clipping regarding Pat's 58th birthday party.
1976-1993, undated
Congratulations on Bill's birth
1955
Holiday cards
1974, 2002, undated
Family
Alexander, Lana (aunt)
Correspondence from Lana, Pat's mother's half-sister, to Pat; copy of a letter received from Elise Croft regarding Dixon-Stroud family genealogy, along with a note from Pat's brother, who sent Lana the copy; press clipping regarding the death of Lana's husband, Wallace.
1984, undated
Ellison, Greg and Dixie (niece)
Photographic Christmas cards
1986-1992
boxes
14
Mellor, Clinton (Clint) and Catherine (Cassie) (sister)
Correspondence to Bob and Pat; copies of two memorial speeches for Cassie, one given by Pat; photographs of the Mellors and of their sons
1951-1998, undated
Mellor, Tony (nephew)
Photographic Christmas card from Tony, the son of Pat's sister Cassie, and his family
circa 1980s
Saltus, R. Sanford (Sandy) (stepfather)
Postcard to Bob and Pat; letter to Bob; photocopy of the wedding announcement for Sandy and Pat's mother; list of furniture he bought from Pat prior to the Straubs' move to Oregon
1933-1949
Saltus, Willia Boulton Dixon Stroud (Bo) (mother)- Correspondence to Pat
3.0 folders
1936-1948
Saltus, Willia Boulton Dixon Stroud (Bo) (mother)- Correspondence with others
Includes a letter from Ruth Chase regarding Pat ("Peter")'s performance at camp and a letter from Agnes Irwin School Headmistress Bertha Laws regarding Pat's performance at school.
1905-1937
Saltus, Willia Boulton Dixon Stroud (Bo) (mother)- Photographs and drawing
circa 1920s-1930s
Stroud, Dixon (Dix) (nephew)
Card from Dixon, the son of Pat's brother William (Dicky), to Pat and Bob; newspaper clipping.
circa 1950s, 1987
Stroud, Margaret Rutter (Gaga) (grandmother)
Two letters to Bob; letter from Pat; calling card; copy of will.
1937-1945
Stroud, Marion Boulton (Kippy) (niece)
Photocopied page from an article about the art career of Kippy, the daughter of Pat's brother Morris.
Circa 1990s
Stroud, Morris Wistar, Jr. (father)
Press clippings regarding Morris Stroud's death; history of Stroud & Co. (his investment company); biographical sketch of Stroud; photographs.
1924-2008, undated
Stroud, Morris Wistar III (brother) and Marion- Correspondence to Pat
1951-1962
Stroud, Morris Wistar III (brother)- Obituary and photograph
1915, 1990
Stroud, William Boulton Dixon (Dicky) (brother) and Joan
Correspondence to Pat and Bob; Letter from Dicky to Joan discussing his visit with Bob and Pat; Joan's obituary; drawing; photograph of Dicky as a child; photograph of Dicky's daughter Agnes.
1957-1987, undated
Stroud, William Daniel (uncle) and Agnes Shober (aunt)
Correspondence to Pat; photographs of the Strouds and their children; obituary.
1930-1959
Stroud, William D., Jr. (cousin)
Press clipping regarding his death
1950
Wallace, Margaret (Peggy)- Correspondence to Pat, with photographs
1951, 1996, undated
Wallace, Margaret (Peggy)- Life history
Life history compiled by Wallace's family for her 80th birthday. The book includes family history, a family tree, an index indicating the relation of various family members, and photocopies of old Stroud family photos.
1995
Photographs
Photographs of Pat with her siblings and their mother; unidentified Stroud family photos, some of which may be of family in Cuba. Two oversized photographs are stored in box 42.
1927- 1956
Genealogy
boxes
15
Correspondence
Correspondence to Pat regarding Stroud family history
1975-1993, undated
Correspondence with printed materials
2.0 folders
Family history materials sent from Sandy [Saltus] to Joan Kaiser, a genealogical researcher
1994, with photocopies of historical materials
Family biographies
Biographical sketches of ancestors, including William Boulton Dixon and Lana Noyes Jones (Pat's maternal grandparents), likely acquired from Internet sources.
2008, undated
Family trees
undated
Dallas-Dixon families
2.0 folders
Letter to Pat from her brother Morris, with photocopies of three publications: "Family History of Dallas-Dixon from 1617 to Present Time," "Dallas, of Philadelphia," and the "Memoirs of Thomas Dixon."
1978, with photocopies of historical materials
Laine family
2.0 folders
Correspondence, notes, photocopies of historic materials, and photographs of Dr. Damaso Laine (Pat's step-grandfather)
circa 1900s-1996
Stroud family
Notes; photocopies of research materials
undated
Stroud family- Coat of arms
A larger print is stored in box 38.
1972, undated
Stroud family- Stroud, England
Postcards, book, brochures, and other materials from or regarding the Stroud area
1978, undated
Organic cooking and gardening
boxes
16
Gardening
Correspondence, notes, and collected press clippings
1975, undated
Press clippings
1975-1977
Press coverage materials
Correspondence, press release, and photos from a feature on Pat's cooking for Gov. Straub
1975
Recipes
circa 1970s-2000
Painting
Graphic materials
circa 1970s-1990
Press clipping
1995
Photographs
Portraits and snapshots of Pat, including images of her as a child, with Eleanor Forrester, at the coast, at a League of Women Voters meeting, and at the Straubs' farmhouse. An oversized portrait of Pat (an enlarged version of smaller prints elsewhere in the collection) is in box 42.
1927-1996, undated
School visit
Prints and a proof sheet of photographs taken by the Oregonian when Pat visited a school, probably during Bob's governorship
circa 1970s
Political involvement
Forestry
Correspondence, notes, and publications regarding forestry and Oregon's timber industry, including an issue of Forest Log with an interview with Pat, a member of the State Board of Forestry. Pat's certificate of appointment by Gov. Goldschmidt to the Board of Forestry is housed in box 38.
1976-1990
Measure 37 (Land use)
Letter by Pat urging contributions to fight the measure, which would have repealed Oregon's land use program
2004
Mock Pat-for-governor proposal
circa 1970s
Springfield School Board- Editorial endorsement
1956
Writings
"From the Loving Earth"- Correspondence with publisher
1974-1977
"From the Loving Earth"- Galley proof
Unbound proof of Pat's book, a nonfiction guide to organic gardening and cooking
1977
"From the Loving Earth"- Press coverage
1977
Journal
Pages from a journal kept by Pat, discussing things like the Straubs' daily life, Bob's eye problems, visits with family, and Bob's upcoming entry into politics
1952-1954
Letters Home column- Clippings
Columns written by Pat as the first lady, sharing, as the tagline for each column proclaimed, "some of the personal and official activities of a governor's wife"
1975-1976
Letters Home column- Drafts
1975-1976
"The Perils and Delights of Raising an Organic Family"
circa 1970s

Political papersReturn to Top

The Political papers series contains materials regarding Straub's service in public office and his ongoing involvement in state politics, particularly environmental issues. Significant documentation gaps exist, particularly in the State Treasurer and Governor subseries, owing to the fact that official records are held at the Oregon State Archives. These papers provide insight into Straub's early political office and multiple campaign efforts, however, as well as glimpses into certain aspects of his statewide offices, particularly through photographs, personal correspondence, and press clippings. The County Commissioner correspondence, in particular, offers insight into Straub's hands-on governing approach.

The bulk of this series consists of press clippings, correspondence, and photographs, but the series also contains campaign literature, campaign promotional materials, speeches, memoranda, reports, and other materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Lane County Commissioner
boxes
17
Correspondence- Corbett, Alfred
Straub's letter to State Senator Alfred Corbett, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, regarding proposed expansion of Fairview Home, along with Corbett's response.
1957
Correspondence- Hill, Irvin
Correspondence with Dr. Irvin B. Hill, Superintendent of Fairview Home, regarding Straub's support for the institution.
1957
Correspondence- Holmes, Robert
Correspondence with Gov. Robert (Bob) Holmes, on topics including the State Tax Commission, Fairview Home, and the importance of including county officials in area industrial planning meetings.
1957
Correspondence- Morse, Wayne
Correspondence with U.S. Senator Wayne Morse, on topics including forestry and a potential petroleum pipeline between Florence and Eugene.
1955-1958
Correspondence- Neuberger, Richard (Dick)
Correspondence with U.S. Senator Dick Neuberger and his assistant on topics such as budget issues, Lane County public roads, the Siuslaw Bar and River project, and forestry; an offer (declined by Straub) to be Neuberger's alternate at the 1956 Democratic National Convention; article by Neuberger about Sen. Wayne Morse that was published in Fortnight magazine.
1955-1958
Correspondence- Patterson, Paul
Correspondence with Gov. Paul Patterson regarding the appointment of William Fort as a circuit judge.
1955
Correspondence- Porter, Charles
Correspondence with U.S. Representative Charles Porter and his assistant on topics such as Oregon and California Railroad (O&C) timber lands, forestry, Lane County history, the Siuslaw Bar and River project, and forest access roads.
1957-1958
Correspondence- Sweetland, Monroe
Letter from Straub to State Senator Monroe Sweetland regarding taxation on timber owners.
1957
Correspondence- Incoming
Correspondents include Meier & Frank President Aaron Frank, Coos County Judge James Harrison, and Oregon State Tax Commissioner Samuel B. Stewart.
1955-1957
Correspondence- Outgoing
Primarily constituent correspondence and letters to other public officials on topics such as forestry, irrigation, public roads, public utilities, and taxation. Includes Straub's letter of resignation from the board of Architectural Plastics Corp.
1955-1958
Correspondence- Reciprocal
Correspondence with constituents and public officials, on issues including taxation, forestry, road maintenance, and water rights.
1955-1957
Eugene bus routes map
1955
Joint Committee Hearing on Federal Timber
Summary of Straub's testimony, as well as an addition to his report.
1955
Lane County Courthouse
Letters to the editor by Straub and others debating the proposed site for a new courthouse; press clippings; draft of a statement. A framed watercolor of the Courthouse is included in the collection's oversized materials in Box 77.
1956, undated
Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor by Straub on topics including a "county auditor" bill regarding budget control, the Hoxsey treatment for cancer, tree cutting, and the Lane County Fair
1956-1957
Photographs
Photograph of Straub and other commissioners being sworn in; photo of Straub at a table with others working on writing a document; photo of Straub shaking a man's hand
circa 1955-1959
Press clippings and press release
Press release is an announcement of Straub's candidacy as a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention (though not successful in 1956, Straub did attend in 1968).
1956-1958
State Senator
boxes
17
Correspondence- Appling, Howell
1959
Correspondence- Bowles, Chester
1959
Correspondence- Cook, Vernon
1959
Correspondence- Corbett, Alfred
1959
Correspondence- Green, Edith
1959-1960
Correspondence- Hatfield, Mark
1959
Correspondence- Kennedy, John F.
Copy of Straub's outgoing correspondence to Senator John F. Kennedy regarding the Kennedy-Ervin Labor Bill; invitation to Kennedy's presidential inauguration.
1959-1960
Correspondence- Kennedy, Edward (Ted)
Copy of State Rep. Vernon Cook's letter to Ted Kennedy regarding the budget for a voter registration drive
1960
Correspondence- Neuberger, Maurine
1958-1959
Correspondence- Neuberger, Richard (Dick)
Correspondence- Porter, Charles
In one letter to Rep. Porter, Straub notes his concerns about the Neuberger-Morse rivalry.
Correspondence- Incoming
Correspondence from constituents and public officials, including a note from a child discussing her love for wildlife, and a song, "Ghost Town U.S.A.," about the decline of the timber industry, with an accompanying note to Straub.
1959-1960, undated
Correspondence- Outgoing
Primarily constituent correspondence, requests for meetings, and information requests
1959-1962
Legislation
Copies of bills and lists of legislation sponsored by Straub in 1959 and 1961.
1959-1961
Memorabilia
"High Climber" wood badge awarded to Straub. Stored in box 37.
circa 1959-1963
News releases and letter to the editor
Letter to the editor praising Senator Andrew Naterlin; news releases regarding the need for a state mental health authority and criticizing Secretary of State Howell Appling for his budget-cutting suggestions.
1959
Photographs
Includes a photograph of Straub with Adlai Stevenson, photos of Straub at his desk in the Legislature, and photos of Straub on a raft and with the Freedom Train at Oregon Centennial celebrations.
1959-1961, undated
Press clippings
1959, undated
Press clippings scrapbook
(stored in box 62)
1958-1959
Printed materials
Program for Mark Hatfield's gubernatorial inauguration; Oregon Centennial Day Ceremony program; Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) poster of the members of the 1959 Oregon legislature; 1959 pictorial report of the legislature.
1959
State Democratic Party Chairman
boxes
17
Correspondence- Bowles, Chester
Correspondence with U.S. Rep. Bowles regarding the Democratic National Convention
1960
Correspondence- Brown, Pat
Copies of Straub's correspondence to California Gov. Brown regarding a planned meeting with him, as well as a press statement regarding the meeting
1959
Correspondence- Gunnar, Peter
Correspondence with Gunnar, the Republican State Chairman, as well as a press release by Straub calling on Gunnar to adopt a standard for the upcoming campaign
1959-1960
Correspondence- Hatfield, Mark
Correspondence with Gov. Hatfield on topics such as state government reorganization, the Board of Higher Education, and partisan politics, as well as a press release by Straub criticizing the state Board of Control, headed by Hatfield, for failing to adequately provide for the mentally ill.
1959-1960
Correspondence- Hogan, Harry
Letters asking Hogan to serve on committees and thanking him for his service to the Party, as well as a letter from Hogan discussing Harry Boivin's challenge to Straub's leadership.
1959-1961
Correspondence- Humphrey, Hubert
Letter from the Vice President congratulating Straub on his chairmanship
1959
Correspondence- Kennedy, John F.
Letter to JFK congratulating him on his presidential nomination.
1960
Correspondence- Kennedy, Robert F.
Straub's outgoing correspondence to RFK on behalf of Harry Hogan's appointment as a U.S. Attorney
1961
Correspondence- McCall, Tom
Letter to McCall regarding efforts to increase political interest in Oregon
1959
Correspondence- Morse, Wayne
Correspondence with U.S. Senator Morse on topics such as their respective cattle herds (with Morse strongly promoting his Devons), Walter Pearson's call for Straub's resignation, elections, family news, and speaking engagements. Also includes the Spring 1960 issue of Devon Cattle Quarterly, featuring the Morse Import Grand Champion Bull.
1959-1960
Correspondence- Neuberger, Richard (Dick)
Letter from Straub asking Neuberger for any information he had on Hatfield's unfulfilled campaign promises; telegram from Neuberger regarding speakers at the State Convention; letter from Neuberger regarding a voter registration committee
1959-1960
Correspondence- Pearson, Walter
Correspondence between Pearson, the Senate President, and Straub. Many of the letters reflect their ongoing power struggle over issues such as who had the authority to call a Senate caucus, and Pearson's call for Straub's resignation as chairman.
1959-1960
Correspondence- Porter, Charles
1960
Correspondence- Skelton, Keith
1960
Correspondence- Truman, Harry
Letter from former Pres. Truman in response to an invitation by Straub to visit Oregon
1960
Correspondence- Candidacy
Correspondence supporting Straub in his candidacy for the chairmanship. Correspondents include Monroe Sweetland and Walter Pearson, who warned "that being State Chairman can ruin you politically for other offices." Also included is a draft of Straub's response to Pearson, and a lengthy letter from Ken Johnson assessing the impact becoming chairman might have on Straub's future political career.
1959
Correspondence- National Committeeman race
Incoming correspondence regarding Al Flegel and C. Girard Davidson's competition for the position of Democratic National Committeeman
1960
Correspondence- Regarding inaugural parade band
1960
Correspondence- Incoming
1959-1960
boxes
18
Correspondence- Outgoing
Includes a letter to Tom Wright of the Oregon Statesman in which Straub describes Pat's concerns that becoming chairman would give Straub ulcers, a letter to all state Democratic candidates, and correspondence to a variety of politicians, Oregon Democrats, and public officials.
1959-1960
Dispute with Senator Walter Pearson
Correspondence from several local Democrats offering Straub support, as well as press clippings regarding Pearson's challenge to Straub's leadership. A political cartoon drawing by Roy Paul is stored in box 38. See also Correspondence- Pearson, Walter and Correspondence- Morse, Wayne
1960
Letters to the editor
Straub's letters to the editor on topics including Fairview Home, press coverage of the Oregon Democratic Party, the Democratic State Convention, and Secretary of State Howell Appling's claims about budget cuts.
1959-1960
Press clippings
1959
Speeches and news release
News release regarding the new party platform; speech from a mock convention at Willamette; extract from speech at a Democratic Party event in Coos Bay.
1960
Wayne Morse's presidential candidacy
Correspondence from John Churchill, publisher of the Oregon Democrat, and from Orde Pinckney, Chairman of the Oregon for Morse Committee, and from L.V. Bahr, as well as a speech draft regarding the Democratic State Central Committee's deliberations on whether to endorse Morse's candidacy.
1960
State Treasurer
boxes
18
Campus agitation bill- Background materials and statements
Includes a copy of a telegram from Eugene City Council President Nancy Hayward to State Senator Al Flegel, statements by University of Oregon President Robert Clark and School of Law Dean Eugene F. Scoles, and a situation report on non-violent student protests in New Haven, as well as other materials regarding campus violence prevention.
1969-1970
Campus agitation bill- Correspondence
Correspondence with constituents, Senate Education Committee Chairman Al Flegel, and with university administrators such as University of Oregon President Robert Clark, regarding campus unrest and House Bill 1880, which would attempt to set police procedure in the case of campus unrest.
1969-1970
Campus agitation bill- Legislation
Copy of HB 1880, an analysis of the bill, and a memo to Straub from Ken Johnson regarding Governor McCall's role in the bill
1969
Campus agitation bill- News releases and statements
1969-1970
Campus agitation bill- Press clippings
1969-1970
Correctional institutions
News release from Rep. Monte Montgomery's about drug use within state correctional institutions, along with a news release from Straub in response.
1968
Correspondence- Kennedy, Edward (Ted)
1966-1969
Correspondence- Kennedy, Robert F.
Includes correspondence with Kennedy and his administrative assistant regarding Kennedy's visit to Oregon and plans for future meetings, as well as Straub's press statement following Kennedy's assassination.
1966-1968
Correspondence- Incoming
Primarily constituent correspondence and end-of-term letters congratulating Straub on his service as State Treasurer. Includes a letter from Senator Mark Hatfield offering Straub best wishes for his future and a letter from State Librarian Eloise Ebert commenting on how she had enjoyed working with Straub.
1972
Correspondence- Outgoing and reciprocal
Includes a letter Straub sent to oil companies asking them to support the Oregon Environmental Council; correspondence with a constituent about the dangers of DDT; and copies of a letter Straub sent to fellow members of the State Investment Council advising them of his intentions to make a personal stock purchase.
1965-1971
Highway beautification law- Press clippings
1965
Native American fishing rights
Background research materials, press clippings, and correspondence regarding disputes over the state's authority to regulate tribes' fishing practices
1965-1967
Oregon Investment Council- House Bill 1076
2.0 folders
Photocopies of materials regarding HB 1076, which established the OIC, including a copy of the bill, minutes of the House Financial Affairs Committee, and committee reports.
1967, 1999
Oregon Investment Council- Minutes
1967-1970
Oregon Investment Council- Minutes
1971-1974
boxes
19
Photographs
Includes photographs of Straub in front of the State Capitol; giving piggy banks to members of the Rose Festival Court; with Pat at Ashland's Feast of Will; in New York City signing bonds; with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman; pointing out a sign warning of polluted water to visiting Sen. Edmund Muskie; and boarding an aircraft with Gov. Tom McCall. Oversized photographs, including an official photo of Straub with Gov. Tom McCall and Secretary of State Clay Meyers and a photo of Straub with Estes Kefauver, are stored in box 42.
1965-1973
Photographs- Eugene McCarthy visit
Photographs from McCarthy's visit to Oregon, probably as part of his 1968 presidential campaign. Includes a photograph of McCarthy and Straub river rafting and several photographs of McCarthy, Straub, and others in downtown Portland.
circa 1968
Photographs- Hubert Humphrey
Includes a letter from Humphrey accompanying signed photos from his 1966 visit to Portland; photographs of Humphrey and Straub at a Democratic Party of Oregon event in Portland; and photos of the two in Humphrey's office.
1966, undated
Photographs- Scrapbook
Black scrapbook, including photographs of Straub in front of the State Legislature, one of his 1964 campaign billboards, Straub's swearing-in, Straub in a bank vault, with the Rose Festival Court, at the Pendleton Round-up, at a log-rolling contest, at a UNESCO meeting, campaigning, at the Oregon State Fair, at the "Feast of Will" in Ashland, signing bonds in New York, and at the Oregon Coast as part of the Save the Beaches campaign. Others pictured include Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall, Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, Wayne Morse, Norm Stoll, Ken Johnson, Gordon Barker, Betty Roberts, Jake Ferder, Hubert Humphrey, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, Edmund Muskie, Eugene McCarthy, Fred Heard, Reub Long, and Ray Novotny. (box 66)
1964-1965
Press clippings
2.0 folders
1965-1970
Press clippings- End of term
1972
Press clippings scrapbook
Also contains clippings regarding Straub's 1966 campaign for governor. Stored in box 68.
1965-1966
Press clippings scrapbook
Also includes clippings regarding Straub's 1970 campaign for governor and his support for Edmund Muskie's presidential campaign, as well as a photograph of Straub with Kelly Keiver at the 1972 Cerebral Palsy Drive. Stored in box 44.
1970-1973
Press coverage of family
Photocopies of articles about Treasurer Straub's wife and family. Some copies are from a scrapbook also included in the collection. Also included is a press photograph of Pat Straub and several of the Straub children gathered around a table, probably looking at campaign materials.
1967-1969, undated
Scrapbook
Primarily contains press clippings regarding Straub's service as treasurer and his 1968 campaign for re-election. Also includes a letter from Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall, Straub's 1968 certificate of nomination as the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, and a political cartoon drawing about Straub's support for youth correction reform, autographed to Straub by the artist, Ed Cameron. Stored in box 44.
1966-1970
Short-term deposit of state funds
News releases and letters to the editor by Straub defending his banking strategies as treasurer against accusations of mismanagement, particularly by Monte Montgomery
1965
Tribute dinner
1972
Tribute dinner- Correspondence
Regrets and congratulations from invitees, including Neil Goldschmidt, Wayne Morse, and State Administrator of Highways George M. Baldwin. Also includes a card given to Straub by his staff.
1972
Visit to California
Contact information, notes, and research materials for a trip to California that included meetings with businessmen about potential political support.
1970
Writings
"Money and Government," an article Straub published in the Greater Portland Commerce magazine; letter to the editor regarding water pollution
1965, 1969
Other papers
Memo regarding Straub's feelings about Harry Truman; note; partial timeline of achievements in office; page from a promotional publication that features a photograph of Straub as Treasurer, Clay Myers as Secretary of State, and Gov. Tom McCall.
1966, undated
Governor
Most of the alphabetized correspondence in this series is incoming correspondence related to the end of Straub's term or offers condolences on his loss in the election; almost all of these letters have been removed from an over-stuffed blue 3-ring binder labeled "Letters" for preservation reasons, or are photocopies of these letters. Letters not originally part of the binder have been interfiled alphabetically but have been noted. Many policy documents are also photocopies, probably from originals held at the Oregon State Archives.
boxes
20
Administrative Programs and Legislative Reference Manual
Reference guide to the Straub administration and its achievements, compiled by Straub's secretary, Barbara Hanneman. Includes information on topics such as economic development, land use and the environment, utility rates and energy, seniors, human resources and corrections, education, property tax relief, and the management of state government.
1978
Annual Verified Statement of Economic Interest
A copy of Straub's ethics reporting for 1977, it includes information about his properties and investments.
1978
Budget materials
Straub's testimony to the Oregon House Revenue and School Finance Committee regarding school finance; letter from Straub to state employees regarding his proposed salary increase for state employees
1975, 1977
Corrections report
"Issue Report on Corrections to the Fifty-Ninth Legislative Assembly," by Gov. Straub
1977
Correspondence- A
Includes a letter from Governor-elect Victor Atiyeh regarding the transition.
1978-1979
Correspondence- B
1975-1978
Correspondence- C
Includes a photocopy of a letter from New York Governor Hugh L. Carey, expressing his regrets at Straub's loss in the 1978 election
1976-1978
Correspondence- D
Correspondents include Al Densmore, Mayor of Medford, and Thomas Dargan, General Manager for KATU Television
1976-1979
Correspondence- E
1978-1978
Correspondence- F
1978-1979
Correspondence- G
1978-1979
Correspondence- H
Correspondents include State Sen. Fred Heard and North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr.
1975-1979
Correspondence- I
1978
Correspondence- J
Correspondents include Glenn Jackson, former chairman of the Oregon State Highway Commission, State Sen. Ken Jernstedt, and Ken Johnson (tendering his resignation as Deputy Director of the Executive Department)
1978-1979
Correspondence- K
1978-1979
Correspondence- L
Includes a copy of a letter from Straub to a 7th-grade English class, answering their questions about government and how they can lobby for change at the students' school, as well as two letters from out-of-state visitors commenting on Oregon's beauty.
1976-1978
Correspondence- M
1978-1979
Correspondence- N
Includes a letter by Straub to John W. Nielsen regarding the need to better articulate the Willamette Greenway proposal.
1976-1979
Correspondence- O
Includes a letter from Sherry Oeser, State Coordinator for the National Organization for Women (NOW), commending Straub on his commitment to women's rights
1978-1979
Correspondence- P
Includes a letter from John Platt, Executive Director of the Oregon Environmental Council
1978
Correspondence- R
Includes a letter from Straub to William Renner, President of the Aluminum Company of America, regarding the Oregon Bottle Bill, a letter to Beth Russo listing Straub's top five Oregonians in response to her inquiry, and a note from Attorney General James (Jim) Redden to Barbara Hanneman.
1976-1979
Correspondence- S
Includes a letter from son Jeff and his wife Alberta Straub, congratulating Bob on his campaign, as well as a letter from Robert L. Straub on their similar names
1978-1979
boxes
21
Correspondence- T
Includes a letter from daughter Patty Thomas regarding the election and family life, as well as several letters thanking Straub for his stance opposing Measure 6
1976-1979
Correspondence- V
Includes two letters from Thomas Vaughn, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society
1978-1979
Correspondence- W
Correspondents include friend Loren Wyss, State Sen. George Wingard, and Gary Walker, Superintendent of the Willamalane Park and Recreation District
1977-1979
Correspondence- Y
1978
Correspondence- Z, no last name
1978-1979
Correspondence- From children
Photocopies of cards and letters from schoolchildren, primarily on the occasion of Oregon's birthday
1975-1977
Correspondence- Personal letter file
2.0 folders
Some materials are unlabeled, while others are filed under "General," "Old friends" (which includes several old Dartmouth classmates), or "Old teachers." Includes copies of correspondence regarding Straub's potential appointment as Ambassador to Mexico.
1975-1979
boxes
22
Drought conditions
Photocopies of press releases and memos regarding drought conditions in Oregon and cloud seeding efforts
1977
Energy- Correspondence and policy materials
Photocopies of materials regarding the governor's energy policies and the discontinuation of the Oregon Office of Energy Research and Planning. Copy of Straub's testimony to the House Interior Subcommittee on Energy and Environment while in Washington, D.C. for the 1977 National Governors' Conference. See also an oversized 1978 framed photograph of the signing of national energy bills, with a note from Pres. Jimmy Carter thanking Straub for his efforts, stored in box 42.
1975-1977
Energy- Press clippings
1974-1978
Events
Program for the Governor's Fall Tennis Tournament; photocopy of the program for the Governor's Award for the Arts; Photographs of Pat Straub at an exhibit by Oregon artist Jan Zach in the Governor's Ceremonial Office, and a clipping regarding the event
1976-1977, undated
Events- Inauguration
Inaugural address; program; press clippings; photograph of Straub being sworn in; photograph, adhered to a wooden backing, of Bob and Pat Straub dancing at an inaugural party (stored in box 35).
1975
Events- Oregon's Operation Lifesaver
Correspondence with enclosed photographs of the launch of Oregon's Operation Lifesaver, a rail crossing safety campaign
1977
boxes
58
Events- Retirement party photograph album
Photos of Bob and Pat Straub at a retirement party for an unidentified colleague.
circa 1975-1976
22
Events- State of the State Address
Program, editorial, and copies of Straub's State of the State Address to the Joint Session of the Legislative Assembly
1977
Events- State Democratic Party Convention
Pages from the official program, including Straub's welcome message
1976
Events- Trail Blazer picnic
Photocopy of a press clipping and photographs from a barbecue the Straubs hosted at their farmhouse to honor the Portland Trail Blazers' winning the national championship. Those pictured include Bob and Pat Straub, players, and Trail Blazers coach Jack Ramsay
1977
Events- Tribute dinner
Program and invitation for a dinner honoring Bob and Pat Straub
1979
First lady- press coverage
1975-1979
Lane County annexation issue
Press clippings regarding a disputed county annexation and the ensuing LCDC appeal, as well as the involvement of Straub's land development company, Straub Development Co.
1977
Memorabilia
Pins for events such as the 1975 Bay Area Fun Festival, the 1975 Oregon State Fair, and the 1976 Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair (box 60); plastic folder embossed with Oregon's seal and Straub's name (box 35);metal nameplate (box 35); wooden name placard (stored with oversized materials)
1975-1976
boxes
72
National Governors' Conference photo albums
1975, 1977
22
Oregon 2000 Commission
Straub's remarks regarding the commission, as well as a copy of the executive order establishing the Champoeg II- Oregon 2000 Commission to establish state growth policies
1978
22, 42
Photographs
Includes images of Straub meeting with dignitaries, such as Sudanese President Gafar Nimeri; Straub driving a tractor as he led a parade of farmers to the Capitol in 1977; receiving an honor from the Chefs de Cuisine Society in 1978; Department of Transportation photos of Straub speaking with constituents; on a treadmill for Physical Fitness Week; at a table with Director of Transportation Bob Burco, Commissioner Peter Brix, and Congressman James J. Howard; at the opening of the People First office; bowling with Racing Commission Administrator Bill Reagan and State Police Deputy Superintendant John Williams; at the Pendleton Round-up; and a signed photograph of Straub with Tom McCall. Oversized photographs are stored in box 42, including a photo of Bob and Pat Straub at the University of Oregon with Linus Pauling and a photo of Straub speaking with the Sudanese president.See also: Straub family papers- Scrapbooks and photo albums- 13. December 1973- March 1977
1975-1979
22, 42
Photographs- Jimmy Carter
Photographs and a proof sheet from Straub's 1977 visit to the White House and from Carter's 1978 visit to Oregon. Also pictured are Pat Straub and Neil Goldschmidt. A signed photograph of the signing of national energy bills from Pres. Jimmy Carter thanking Straub for his efforts is in box 42.
1977-1978
22
Photographs- Portraits
Portraits and contact sheets of Straub, at his desk, outdoors, in front of a map of Oregon, and elsewhere
circa 1975-1979
69
Photographs- Scrapbook
Oversized album with photographs from Straub's governorship. Primarily professional photographs. Includes images from Straub's 1975 inauguration; images of members of Straub's staff, including Janet McLennan, Keith Burns, Ken Johnson, Stafford Hansell, Len Bergstein, Ken Fobes, Bob Burco, Dick Davis, Bill Young, Gladys McCoy, and Mike Hartfield; photos from Straub's 1974 and 1978 campaigns for governor; ceremonial office meetings; a Straub family Christmas portrait; Straub at the Pendleton Round-up and Oregon State Fair; Vice President Mondale's visit to Oregon; President Ford's visit; Physical Fitness Week; and a Town Hall tour in Tillamook. Others pictured include Reub Long, Neil Goldschmidt, Phil Long, Jason Boe, and Bob Duncan.
1975-1978
22
Photographs- Signing and swearing-in ceremonies
circa 1975-1979
22
Photographs- Trip to Germany
Photographs of Bob and Pat Straub in Germany at meetings with representatives of Wacker-Chemitronic
1977
23
Political Cartoons
Primarily photocopies. A framed cartoon by Bob Bledsoe featuring Straub taking L.B. Day and Lee Johnson to task is included with the collection's oversized materials in Box 76.
1975-1978
Oversize
23 Paintings
Portrait
Clippings regarding and photographs from the unveiling of Straub's official gubernatorial portrait, which features Straub with his dog Shadrach; speech by Ken Johnson on behalf of Neil Goldschmidt. Two of artist Paul Missal's studies for the portrait (one matted, the other on canvas) are included in the collection's oversized materials in Box 75.
1985-1986
23
Press clippings
6.0 folders
Includes articles on Straub's personal life, on his administration, Oregon's economic issues, school financing, and Straub's transition out of office.
1974-1979
Press clippings, retrospective
Columns and articles reflecting on Straub's service as governor and comparing events in his administration to current issues
1984-2001
Press statements and releases
Photocopies of press statements and releases on topics including art exhibitions and taxation. Also includes a humorous press release regarding the administration's struggles in dealing with the press.
1976-1977
boxes
71
Scrapbook
Oversized black scrapbook, primarily containing press clippings. Also includes an inaugural program and a copy of Straub's speech, as well as an invitation to a 1978 Straub campaign dinner.
1975-1978
70
Scrapbook
Brown scrapbook containing press clippings, television transcripts (primarily commentary on Straub's debates with Atiyeh in the 1978 election), correspondence, original pencil-and-ink political cartoons, and drawings and letters from schoolchildren.
1975-1979
58
Scrapbook made by Bernice Straub
Scrapbook, primarily containing press clippings regarding Straub's campaign for and early service as governor, as well as correspondence from Bob's brother Tom to Bernice Straub, a cousin. Tom's letters primarily give Bernice updates on Bob and Pat and reminisce about their childhood. Also includes a letter from Pat to Bernice and Maple, as well as a letter from Bob. Scrapbook has been transferred from its original black plastic 3-ring binder for preservation reasons.
1974-1979
23
Speeches
Straub's remarks: - to the children of the future - at the swearing-in of appeals court justices - to the National Secretaries Association Oregon Trail Chapter - at the Planned Parenthood Western Regional Conference - at the OSEA Annual Convention - to the Associate of Oregon District Attorneys - to the Willamette Valley District Council Lumber and Sawmill Workers - at an Oregon Tax Research event - at the Western Environmental Council's Energy and the Consumer Conference - to the American Society of Civil Engineers - at the Champoeg State Park Visitors' Center dedication - 1977 University of Oregon commencement address - to the Oregon School Employees Association - to the Oregon Education Association
1976-1978
Speeches- Introductions of Straub
undated
frames
Certificate
Staff- Certificate of appreciation
Framed certificate of appreciation to Straub from his staff
circa 1979
boxes
23
Staff- Photographs
Photographs of Stafford Hansell; Janet McLennan; and Straub with secretary Barbara Hanneman
circa 1975-1979
Staff- Press clippings
Articles about Straub's gubernatorial staff, including features on his secretary, Barbara Hanneman, and his assistant on natural resources, Janet McLennan
1975-1976
Staff- Reunions
Invitation, press clipping, and correspondence regarding reunions for Straub's gubernatorial staff
1988-1990, undated
Transition out of office- Executive-in-residence
Correspondence, newsletter, and press clippings regarding Straub's service as Executive-in-residence at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Administration as a transition from public to private life
1979
Transition out of office- Press clippings
Articles regarding Straub's return to private life
1979-1980
Transition out of office- Records transmittal list
Includes a listing of speeches and travel schedule detail files that were transferred to the Oregon State Archives
1979
Trojan Nuclear Plant hearings
Copies of Barbara Hanneman's deposition and other remarks and correspondence regarding the hearings
1978
Western Governors' Association Conference
Press clippings, photographs, and Straub's biographical page. A pen holder with a gold miner from the 1977 conference is in Box 35.
1975
boxes
36
Western Governors' Association Conference- Photo album
Conference photo album, with accompanying correspondence from Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus. Includes photographs of the conference venue in Sun Valley and of the governors and their wives, including the Straubs, Hawaii Gov. Ariyoshi, Washington Gov. Evans, Alaska Gov. Hammond, New Mexico Gov. Apodaca, and Utah Gov. Rampton.
1975
72
Western Governors' Association Conference- Photo album
Conference photo album, with accompanying correspondence from Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond.See also: Straub family papers- Scrapbooks and photo albums- 14. 1977-1980- Summer
1977-1978
Campaigns and elections
boxes boxes
35 24
County Commissioner, 1954
Photograph of a supporter, A.M. Warner, with a Straub campaign sign on the back of his truck; campaign literature; certificate of election; letter to the editor from a supporter endorsing Straub. A rubber stamp of a truck with a Straub campaign advertisement is stored in box 35.
1954
24
County Commissioner, 1954- Press clippings
1954
State Senator, 1958
Photographs of Straub used for press; certificate of election, photocopy of a promotional bumper sticker, and correspondence with U.S. Senator Richard (Dick) Neuberger, Sen. Walter Pearson, and U.S. Sen. Wayne Morse.
1958
State Senator, 1958- Campaign scrapbook
Includes newspaper clippings of articles and of Straub's and others' campaign advertisements, and a Straub bumper sticker. (box 62)
1958
U.S. Representative, 1962
Bumper sticker, press clippings
1961-1962
State Senator, 1962- Outgoing correspondence
Letter from Straub declining a speaking engagement, and dozens of letters to the editor on topics such as national foreign policy, state highways, the proposed National Dunes Seashore Park, the Kerr-Mills healthcare bill, Bonneville Power, compulsory automobile insurance, taxation, and the lumber industry.
1962
Treasurer, 1964
Name placard and photocopied materials, including the oath of office, an invitation to a campaign event, and photographs
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Correspondence
Correspondence, primarily with supporters, newspaper editors, and other elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Edith Green, Monroe Sweetland, James Redden, Al Flegel, and Oregon Attorney General Robert Thornton. Many letters offer campaign contributions, or are in answer to information requests from Straub. A letter from Raymond Rowe, Executive Secretary of the Governor's State Committee on Children & Youth, includes a copy of the "History, Structure and Function of the Oregon Governor's State Committee on Children and Youth." Also includes a letter from Sen. Wayne Morse regarding Devon cattle, and a letter from Paul Bernier of the AAUP, supporting Straub's push for a state Investment Council.
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Correspondence regarding advertising and promotional materials
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Correspondence regarding campaign appearances
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Correspondence with opponent, Howard Belton
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Correspondence, post-election
Primarily congratulatory correspondence and Straub's outgoing responses; other topics include campaign finance reporting and requests for Straub to take action on certain issues when in office. Includes photocopy of a congratulatory telegram from Howard Belton, Straub's opponent.
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Letters to the editor
Straub's, his supporters' (including Charles Porter), and detractors' letters to the editor on topics including the State Land Board, Fairview Home, the Liquor Commission raid of a Straub fundraiser, and state investment policies. Also includes correspondence to supporters thanking them for their letters to the editor.
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Photographs
Includes a photograph of Pat Straub with Jacky Mohr, both of whom are wearing Straub campaign memorabilia; a photo of Straub holding one of his campaign fliers up to a dachshund; and photos of Straub campaign billboards
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Press clippings
3.0 folders
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Press clippings scrapbook pages
Stored in box 61
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Press releases
Topics include the death penalty, state investment policies, the management of state-owned school lands, Fairview Home, leasing offshore oil lands, the creation of a State Youth Authority, and the state penal system
1964
Treasurer, 1964- Promotional materials
Newspaper ad, hat bands, campaign literature, and bumper sticker
1964
boxes
25
U.S. Senator, 1966 (speculation)- Press clippings
Articles speculating that Straub might run for Maurine Neuberger's Senate seat
1965-1966
Governor, 1966- Boxcar shortage issue press clippings
1965
Governor, 1966- Campaign workers
List of Straub chairmen and campaign workers, by county
1966
Governor, 1966- Correspondence
Includes an attached photograph of a supporter wearing a cast adorned with a Straub bumper sticker
1966
Governor, 1966- Correspondence, post-election
Condolences from supporters, as well as copies of Straub's outgoing responses. Includes a letter to Neil Goldschmidt thanking him for his help in connecting Straub with Portland's Jewish community
1966
Governor, 1966- Correspondence, post-election, to Pat Straub
Correspondence to Pat from friends and family, including a note from Pat's aunt Aggie, offering regrets on Bob's loss in the election, and a note from Janet McLennan, executive director of the Committee to Save the Beaches, offering sympathies on Bob's recent electoral loss and congratulating Pat on the campaign they ran.
1966
Governor, 1966- Correspondence- Humphrey, Hubert
Letters of congratulations on Straub's primary victory from Humphrey and from his assistant, a telegram with best wishes on election day, and a letter of regret following the election, as well as Straub's response
1966
Governor, 1966- Correspondence- Kennedy, Edward (Ted)
Correspondence between Ted Kennedy and Straub regarding his primary victory, and a telegram from Kennedy offering Straub his best wishes in the general election
1966
Governor, 1966- Correspondence- Kennedy, Robert F.
Telegram from Kennedy expressing his regret at Straub's defeat
1966
Governor, 1966- Labor issue press clippings
Press coverage regarding the dispute over Straub having held a fundraiser at a non-union hotel
1966
Governor, 1966- Letters to the editor, press-related correspondence, and press releases
1966
Governor, 1966- Monte Montgomery
Press clippings regarding and a campaign newspaper for Monte Montgomery, an early contender for the Republican nomination
1966
Governor, 1966- Nestucca spit issue press clippings
1966
Governor, 1966- Photographs
Includes photographs of Straub and his family campaigning, the Bob Straub for Governor van, Straub bulletin boards, and portraits for campaign materials. Includes an image of Straub with Sen. Wayne Morse at a cattle show.
1966
Governor, 1966- Political cartoons
Pencil-and-ink drawing of a cartoon regarding Straub's announcement of his candidacy, autographed to Straub by Oregonian cartoonist Art Bimrose. Two drawings by Carl Bonelli, one autographed to Straub. (box 38)
1966
boxes
25-26
Governor, 1966- Press clippings
7.0 folders
1966
26
Governor, 1966- Press coverage of family
1966
Governor, 1966- Promotional materials
Campaign literature, biographical sketch, family biographical sketch by Pat Straub, and bumper stickers
1966
Governor, 1966- Taxation issues press clippings
1965
Governor, 1966- Water pollution issue press clippings
1965
Treasurer, 1968
Includes a Voters' Manual, list of party nominees, preparation notes for a panel discussion, and Straub's certificate of election
1968
Treasurer, 1968- Contributions and expenditures
Canceled donation checks, Statement of Contributions and Expenditures, calculation notes, and correspondence, including a letter from Straub for Treasurer Committee Treasurer Dewey Rand soliciting donations
1968
Treasurer, 1968- Correspondence
2.0 folders
Primarily correspondence with supporters and regarding campaign appearances.
1968
Treasurer, 1968- Press clippings
Includes a Newport newspaper's county-by-county chart of voting returns
1968
Treasurer, 1968- Press releases and letter
1968
Treasurer, 1968- Promotional materials
Includes campaign literature, a preliminary sketch for a brochure cover, and notes on ordering materials
1968
boxes
27
Governor, 1970- Ballot measures and campaign issues
Correspondence, background information, House Joint Resolutions, and notes regarding ballot measures and campaign issues dealing with topics such as state revenues, the Oregon War Veterans Fund, and state stock investments.
1970
Governor, 1970- Campaign appearances
Correspondence, memos, photocopies of monthly calendars, and other materials regarding Straub's campaign appearances
1970
Governor, 1970- Contributions and expenditures
Statements of Contributions and Expenditures and accompanying canceled checks
1969-1971
Governor, 1970- Contributions and expenditures- Canceled checks
1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- A-C
Incoming and outgoing correspondence, primarily with supporters, on topics such as the environment, volunteering to help the campaign, unions, and pollution.
1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- D-H
1970
boxes
28
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- J-L
1969
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- M
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- N-O
Includes a poem, "Please Elect Bob," from supporter Kenneth E. Nelson
1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- P-R
1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- S-T
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- U-Z
Includes correspondence with supporter Mrs. Kent Wiley regarding the storage of nerve gas at Hermiston
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Fundraising
Incoming and outgoing correspondence, primarily soliciting donations or discussing potential donors.
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Johnson, Ken
Correspondence and memos to and from Johnson, who helped coordinate Straub's campaign. Topics include campaign appearances, talking points about pollution, and fundraising. Other correspondence from Johnson, writing on behalf of Straub, or in the form of memos commenting on others' correspondence, may be found throughout the campaign correspondence files.
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Political analysts
Includes a prospectus for Straub's campaign with survey results and information about campaign consultants and budget
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Post-election
Letters of regret from supporters and copies of Straub's responses
1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Post-election thanks to volunteers
1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Regarding opponent Tom McCall
Includes letters from Straub supporters criticizing McCall, as well as correspondence between Straub and Tom McCall regarding Straub's proposed campaign spending limits.
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Regarding opponent Art Pearl
Correspondence regarding Pearl's candidacy, and particularly Wayne Morse's unexpected endorsement of Pearl. One letter includes a Pearl for Governor newsletter and flyer.
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Correspondence- Regarding promotional materials
Includes two photographs of Straub campaign signs in a Portland storefront window, sent to Straub by a supporter.
1969-1970
boxes
29
Governor, 1970- Labor unions
Letter from the 1970 Elect Bob Straub Governor Labor Committee touting Straub's labor record, as well as business cards for several union representatives.
1970
Governor, 1970- Letters to the editor and press-related correspondence
Letters to the editor by and in support of Straub, on topics such as state economic policies, the environment, and political patronage, as well as correspondence regarding media appearances and press coverage.
1970
Governor, 1970- Press clippings
3.0 folders
Includes a letter to the editor from Vera Katz (later mayor of Portland) supporting Straub's criticism of frivolous spending on the Governor's Conference. See also Treasurer- Press Clippings scrapbook, 1970-1973
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Press photographs
Photographs from Capitol Journal articles returned to Straub, including images of the Straubs on their land, with one of their young grandchildren, and picking fruit.
1970
Governor, 1970- Press releases and statements
Includes a biographical sketch of Straub, a list of topics for press releases, his candidacy announcement, a joint release with Tom McCall in support of Ballot Measure #10 (regarding taxation) and an announcement of Janet McLennan as his campaign coordinator.
1970
Governor, 1970- Primary nominees
List of nominees prepared by the Secretary of State
1970
Governor, 1970- Promotional materials
Campaign literature and bumper stickers. Includes a mailing to Frank and Barbara Sanders (later Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts) inviting them to a campaign fundraiser featuring Sen. George McGovern. See also Correspondence- Regarding promotional materials.
1970
Governor, 1970- Republicans for Straub
Correspondence regarding the "Republicans for Straub" effort. See also Audiovisual materials- Video- Governor campaign film spots.
1970
Governor, 1970- Staff- Notes and memos
1969
Governor, 1970- Staff- Payroll records
1969-1970
Governor, 1970- Volunteers
List of Eugene Straub for Governor Committee members, correspondence and notes regarding the formation of an Eastern Oregon Strategy Committee, and a list of campaign volunteers
1970
Governor, 1970- Voters' Pamphlet
Voters' Pamphlet for the 1970 Democratic primary; draft for Straub's page in the pamphlet; and related correspondence
1970
boxes
30
Governor, 1974- Correspondence
Includes an invitation to a fundraising dinner for Straub
1974
Governor, 1974- Photographs
Photographs of Straub, his son Jeff, and supporters at a campaign event; photo of Bob and Pat Straub dancing at an election celebration. See also Straub family papers- Scrapbooks and photo albums- 13. December 1973- March 1977, which includes images of Bob and Pat Straub flying on the campaign trail and with Wayne Morse at a campaign event.
1974
Governor, 1974- Press clippings
6.0 folders
1974
Governor, 1974- Press clipping and photographs
Article about Straub, along with a print of the photograph that accompanied the article, as well as a press photograph of Pat.
1974
Governor, 1974- Press clippings scrapbook
(stored in box 63)
1974
Governor, 1974- Press releases
Photocopies of press releases featuring Straub's positions on the topics of health care, labor, school financing, housing, the status of women, energy and land use planning.
1974
Governor, 1974- Printed materials
Voters' Pamphlets for the primary and general elections; "Integrity in Politics" booklet produced by Common Cause; conference program for the Oregon Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention; Straub's certificate of election
1973-1974
Governor, 1974- Promotional materials
Campaign literature, bumper stickers, and an issue of Oregon Outdoors seeded with advertisements for Straub
1974
boxes
31
Governor, 1978- Contributors
Correspondence regarding campaign contributions; lists of contributors; and guest lists for fundraisers
1978
Governor, 1978- Correspondence
Photocopied correspondence from a supporter, Clifford Sanders
1978
Governor, 1978- Correspondence, post-election
Condolences, including a letter from Tom McCall expressing his belief "that you, Bob, would have been Oregon's greatest governor, ever, in your second term," as well as a letter from personal friend Loren Wyss.
1978
Governor, 1978- Correspondence binder
2.0 folders
Outgoing post-election and end-of-term correspondence to constituents, officials, and friends, filed alphabetically by the first letter of the correspondent's last name. Materials have been removed, for preservation reasons, from a blue plastic 3-ring binder labeled "Answers Only to Letters filed in large notebook." Includes a letter from Straub to Roger Meier regarding the Oregon Investment Council and a letter to a Miss Beth Price in which Straub discusses factors he believed led to his defeat in the election.
1978-1979
Governor, 1978- Note cards
Note cards with contact information and biographical summaries about Salem-area politicians and civic leaders
circa 1978
Governor, 1978- Photographs
Includes photographs of the Straub family taken for campaign materials; a photo of Pat Straub, wearing a Straub campaign pin as a necklace, with a gibbon; a portrait of campaign manager Len Bergstein; contact sheets; and a signed photograph of Bob and Pat Straub with Walter Mondale. An oversized Straub family photograph taken for campaign materials is stored in box 42.
1978
Governor, 1978- Press clippings
1978
Governor, 1978- Promotional materials
Campaign literature, including a brochure listing 150 accomplishments of Straub's gubernatorial administration
1978
Governor, undated- Photographs
Photograph of Bob and Pat Straub riding in a car with a "Straub for Governor" banner; photographs of Straub wearing a campaign pin; Bob and Pat Straub exiting a voting precinct
circa 1966-1978
U.S. Senator, 1986 (speculation)
Press clipping and a letter to Barbara [Hanneman?] that comments on Straub's possible run for office
1986
Others' campaign materials
boxes
31
Campaign materials, various
Newspaper ads, clippings, brochures, campaign pins, and other campaign materials from candidates including Oregon Governor Robert D. Holmes, Neil Goldschmidt, presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson (see also Audiovisual- Audio- "Song of the Campaign for the New America"), Frank Church, Susan Sokol Blosser, and State Representative Monte Montgomery. Photographs of Walter Mondale and Ted Kulongoski at a pancake breakfast event for Kulongoski. Also includes an attendance list for a fundraiser dinner Straub hosted for California Democrat Jim Beall. Pins are stored in box 60.
1957-1983, undated
31
Carter, Jimmy
Photographs from a rally for Jimmy Carter's 1980 presidential campaign, at which his vice-presidential candidate, Walter Mondale, spoke, as well as a press clipping regarding Carter's visit to Portland, with a note that Bob and Pat each contributed to the fundraiser.
1980
Humphrey, Hubert
Letter from one of Humphrey's campaign supporters thanking Straub for his support, and a letter from Humphrey announcing his withdrawal from the presidential campaign
1959-1960
Kennedy, Edward (Ted)
Correspondence with Kennedy regarding his 1968 presidential campaign and Straub's possible support
1968
McGovern, George
Mailing from McGovern to supporters announcing his presidential candidacy
1971
boxes
31
Morse, Wayne
Campaign booklet, campaign pins (stored in box 60), and a campaign comic booklet, "Wayne Morse: The Man," for Morse's Senate re-election campaign
1957
31
Muskie, Edward
Photograph of Muskie with Pat Straub in Bob's office; bank balance sheets, copies from a ledger, and other materials from the Oregon Muskie '72 Committee. See also Treasurer- Press clippings scrapbook, 1970-1973.
1971-1972
Rockefeller, Nelson
"The Nelson Rockefeller Story," a promotional booklet for his 1964 presidential campaign, and press clippings regarding his 1966 gubernatorial campaign
1964, 1967
Sweetland, Monroe
Secretary of State campaign brochure, and photocopies of press clipping regarding Sweetland's run for Senate at age 88
1988, undated
Ongoing political issues and post-gubernatorial papers
Beaches
News release regarding the proposed Oregon Dunes Seashore Park; lyrics for the "Battle Hymn for Conservation," part of a "Sing Along with Bob" at the 1966 Mother's Day rally in Neskowin; photocopy of a photo of Straub at a rally for Measure 6. See also Governor, 1966- Nestucca spit issue press clippings
1960-1968
Beaches- Beach Bill anniversary photographs
Photographs from an event in Cannon Beach to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Beach Bill
1997
boxes
73
Beaches- Beach Book
A digitized version of the book is viewable online at http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/straub_papers/8
Handcrafted book made out of construction paper by children in first grade at West Tualatin View School. Teacher Clara Barefoot-Sehorn edited the book of children's drawings and writings about their experiences visiting Oregon's beaches. Includes signatures of state elected officials, such as Clay Meyers, Jim Redden, and L.B. Day.
1968
31
Beaches- Correspondence
Includes letters from Vice President Hubert Humphrey (congratulating Straub on his efforts to fight Highway 101's route through Neskowin), U.S. Senator Dick Neuberger (regarding the proposed Oregon Dunes National Seashore Area), and Lane County Commissioner Peter Sorenson (thanking Straub for his work to preserve the coast and inviting him to speak at an event).
1959-1999
Beaches- Press clippings and photograph
Includes a 1976 press photograph of Straub looking out at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, published in the 9/5/1976 issue of the Statesman Journal
1967-1997
Beaches- Robert Kennedy visit
Photographs, press release, and press clipping regarding Senator Robert F. Kennedy's visit to Oregon in 1968, shortly before his assassination, and his walk along the coast with Straub. See also Audiovisual Materials- Video- "Straub and Kennedy at Oregon Coast."
1968, 2001
Death penalty
Speech outline for the 1992 Western Regional Conference of the National Coalition against the Death Penalty.
1992
boxes
31
Environmental issues, general
Press clippings, correspondence, political cartoons (in box 38), and other materials on such issues as Eugene area parks, herbicides, and stream clean-up. Includes letters from 1000 Friends of Oregon, a group the Straubs supported, and a letter to author William Douglas that has been removed from a copy of Douglas' book, "A Wilderness Bill of Rights." Also includes pins (in box 60) with messages such as "Save Oregon's Rainbow Trout" and "Project Clean Water"
1965-2001, undated
Environmental issues- Udall, Stuart
Correspondence with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Udall, including Straub thanking Udall for his support of the Willamette River Greenway program and Udall urging Straub to continue his "creative thinking on conservation. Photograph of Straub with Udall, with a signed note from Udall predicting Straub would achieve great things for conservation in Oregon.
1966-1969, undated
boxes
32
Events- Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) Convention
Memo, program, newsletter, and clipping regarding the AOI Convention, attended by the incumbent and four past Oregon governors, including Straub. An oversized photograph signed by the governors is located in box in box 42.
1991
32
Events- Legislative Joint Session- Press clippings
2001
Events- Oregon's birthday
Photograph of Straub with Oregon Secretary of State Barbara Roberts and others at the cutting of a Safeway birthday cake for Oregon
1989
Forestry
Handwritten notes on state and federal forestry policy; press clippings. See also Personal papers- Business- Forestry
2000, undated
Forestry- Measure 64
"No on 64" brochure, opposing a ballot measure that would have significantly limited timber harvesting in Oregon; draft of a joint statement by Straub, Neil Goldschmidt, Victor Atiyeh, and Mark Hatfield; letter to the editor from Straub opposing the measure; press clippings
1998
Forestry- Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust
Correspondence, list of donors, and certificate thanking Pat Straub for her gift in honor of Bob
2001-2004
Land use
Copy of a letter to Barbara Hanneman from a member of the Oregon Land Use Project; copy of a certificate thanking Straub for his service on the Oregon State Land Board
1974, 1978
boxes boxes
41 32
McCall, Tom
Letter from McCall regarding an event he attended that was hosted by the Straubs; correspondence and clippings regarding the Reader's Digest article Straub wrote about McCall, and other press clippings regarding McCall and comparisons between Straub and McCall. A specially bound copy of the Reader's Digest issue containing Straub's article, "Unforgettable Tom McCall," is in box 41.
1971-1995
frames
35, 27, 60 Governor's mansion certificate
Memorabilia
Keychains, Governor of Michigan charm, and pins advertising such issues, institutions, and events such as the 1981 West Salem Waterfront Festival and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). A framed photograph of the Oregon governor's mansion, with a quote from the director of the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and signatures by four Oregon governors, including Straub, is stored with the collection's oversized materials in Box 76.
circa 1960s-1990s
32
OIC and public pensions
Press release regarding Goldschmidt's appointment of Straub to the OIC and the PERS Board of Directors; third-party correspondence regarding the OIC's plan to implement an Economically Targeted Investments (ETC) policy; press clippings
1983-2000
OIC- Senate Bill 696
Letter to the editor and an opinion column by Straub, warning against Gov. Kitzhaber signing Senate Bill 696, which Straub felt would allow risky investments; copy of the bill with Straub's notes; clipping
1995
Photographs
Unidentified and undated photographs, most probably related to political activities and/or campaign appearances. Includes images of Straub with others at a conference table, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, being given a tour by a military officer, shoving a pie in someone's face on-stage, cutting a man's hair in a barbershop, signing a document as Tom McCall and others look on, and visiting Tillamook Town Hall
circa 1950s-1990s
Photographs- Goldschmidt, Neil
Photograph of Straub and Goldschmidt at a Portland neighborhood fair; sitting and chatting; and a signed photograph with Pat Straub and others in front of Fat Freddy's Fast Food
circa 1970s-1990s
Photographs- Morse, Wayne
Photographs of Straub with Sen. Morse, including one with a note from Morse to Straub, "a true friend and a fine Democrat," and a photograph of Morse with a cat
circa 1950s-1960s
Photographs- Picnic
Photographs of Bob and Pat Straub and their guests at a picnic at their farmhouse
circa 1970s
Photographs- Speaking appearances
Photographs and a contact sheet of Straub speaking at unidentified events, including one at the Portland Hilton in which Betty Roberts is also pictured
circa mid-1950s-1970s
Press clippings
1979-1995
State Democratic Party- Press clippings
1969-1970, undated
Willamette River Greenway- Correspondence and speeches
Includes letters from Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi, a statement by Straub as State Treasurer to the Portland City Council, brainstorming notes, and a draft of Straub's speech, "Creating a Vision for the Willamette River Greenway: A Political and Historical Perspective"
1966-1998, undated
Willamette River Greenway- Press clippings
1966-2007
Willamette River Greenway- Printed materials
Publications and reports, including the Willamette River Rediscovered proposal, the Willamette River Six Point Plan, and a Willamette River Recreation Guide
circa 1966-1998
Willamette River Greenway- Save the Greenway
Information sheets, newsletter, and flyer
1995
boxes
38
Winema Inn
Photograph of the Winema Inn with a placard noting "I Voted 'NO' On Winema"
undated
32
Youth work camps
Includes a 1961 issue of Oregon Education with an article written by Straub, "Summer Forest Camps," as well as press clippings, a press release, correspondence, and other materials
1961-2011
Youth work camps- Photographs
Black-and-white photographs by The Journal photographer Herb Alden, of young men at a youth timber camp
circa 1960s
Speeches
Collected anecdotes, jokes, and quotations
circa 1950s-1990s
Introduction of Darlene Hooley
Draft introduction of Hooley, the Congresswoman for Oregon's Fifth Congressional District, as well as a biographical sketch of Hooley
circa 1996
Mission Mill Museum
Correspondence regarding and a newsletter with an article about Straub's speech as part of the Mission Mill Museum's speaker series, as well as notes for the speech, on the topic of government and politics, and including examples from his career
1995-1996
Notes
Notes for speeches, on topics such as agriculture and pollution, as well as an undated note thanking Straub for a speech he gave
undated

Audiovisual materialsReturn to Top

The Audiovisual materials series consists of two subseries, Audio and Video. Audio formats include reel-to-reel magnetic tapes and audiocassette tapes, while video formats include DVDs, videocassette tapes, and reel-to-reel tapes. These materials date from Straub's early campaign efforts to a historic look at the Beach Bill filmed after Straub's death, and they include interview footage, campaign spots, and oral histories.

Container(s) Description Dates
Audio
Audiocassette tapes are stored in box 64; CDs are stored in box 66; other audio materials are stored in box 65.
Bob about Eric Hoffer [audiocassette tape]
1968
Bob debate with Vic Atiyeh [audiocassette tape]
circa 1974-1978
Bob's farewell address [audiocassette tape]
circa 1979
"Dad on Phone" [reel-to-reel]
Reel-to-reel labeled as being a recording of Straub on the phone as County Commissioner; box also contains a list of song titles
circa 1955-1959
KGW "Viewpoint"
Interview with Bob Straub. Audiocassette tape; a .wav file of the tape is found on a CD with files of the OHS oral history.
1967
Governor Straub at Chamber [audiocassette tape]
Tape of a KWIL 790- Albany, Oregon- KHPE FM 108 broadcast from 10/13/78
1978
Oregon Historical Society oral history
Oral history of Straub conducted by Clark Hansen. 6 audiocassette tapes, and two compact discs with .wav files of the tapes.
1991
boxes boxes
66 33
Oregon Historical Society oral history- Transcript
1991
Robert W. Straub County Commissioner Campaign [audiocassette tapes]
2.0 items
circa 1954 (copy made in 2002)
"Song of the Campaign for the New America"
Adlai Stevenson promotional record with "Stevenson, Stevenson," "All the Way with Adlai," "Adlai is Gonna Win This Time," and "Democratic March"
1956
Video
VHS tapes and DVDs are stored in box 66; U-matic tapes and film reels are stored in box 65.
"Bob Straub: A Personal Portrait"
U-matic tape and 2 DVD copies of a 28-minute 1/6/79 KOIN-TV broadcast. The interview includes discussion of Straub's background, his political beginnings, and his terms in public office, and blends interview footage with historic photographs.
1979
boxes
33
"Bob Straub: A Personal Portrait"- Correspondence, clippings, transcript, and photograph
1979
"Bob Straub: At Home in Oregon" [DVD]
Approximately 30-minute 1974 television broadcast about Bob Straub. Includes footage of Bob and Pat Straub walking from their farmhouse to the voting precinct on election day; the Straubs at an election-night celebration following Straub's victory; interviews with Bob Straub, Tom McCall, Ken Johnson, Weyerhauser employees who worked with Straub, and others; footage of Straub kayaking; at Nestucca in 1965 to protest the expansion of Highway 101 across the sand spit; riding and walking at his Spray ranch with manager Don Griffith; Pat Straub showing off her garden; Straub talking about transportation policy with advisors; and McCall and Straub walking along the beach and talking. The broadcast discusses Straub's early life, his schooling at Dartmouth, his early political career, his leadership style, and how he was likely to transition into the governor's office.
Bob Straub Day: Rotunda [VHS tape]
Footage of a tribute to Straub at the State Capitol Rotunda, including speeches by Sen. Kate Brown and Pat Straub.
2003
Governor campaign film spots
16mm reel of Straub campaign spots #1-14, produced by Medion Inc., as well as two DVD copies. The first spot features Straub commenting on his commitment to protect Oregon's beaches; the second, "Straub GOP Test," features Republicans committed to voting for Straub and urges people to vote based on the person rather than the party; the fourth, "Straub Campus," features Straub speaking to students at a university campus about the need for changes in government; the seventh, "Straub Timber," focuses on forestry issues.
circa 1966-1970
Governor's Birthday Party Coverage
VHS tape and DVD copy of two news broadcasts regarding Straub's 80th birthday party at Western Oregon University. The first, a KVAL-13 broadcast, announces that the party will be the next day, and includes historic footage of Straub at his farmhouse and receiving an award. The second, a KGW-8 broadcast, features footage of the party, including excerpts from Barbara Roberts' speech.
2000
Gov. Straub Memorial
2 VHS tapes and a DVD copy of Straub's memorial service at the State Capitol. Includes speeches by Barbara Roberts, Neil Goldschmidt, and Victor Atiyeh, as well as a slide show of Straub photographs.
2002
KOIN-TV story on Straub's Alzheimer's [VHS tape]
Report on the Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Portland and Mike Donahue's interview of Straub, which also includes footage of Straub's announcement of his run for governor. The bulk of the tape contains non-related recorded television shows.
1999
Logging at Curtin
U-matic video cassette and 2 VHS copies of a brief Eugene, Oregon TV-KVAL broadcast about Straub's timber operation.
1979
"Oregon Experience: The Beach Bill" [DVD]
This film is currently available online from the Oregon Public Broadcasting service at http://watch.opb.org/video/1247952802.
2007
boxes
33
"Oregon Experience: The Beach Bill"- Transcript
2007
67
Straub and Kennedy at Oregon Coast
Original 16mm film, 3 DVD copies, and Mini-DV copy. 3-minutes of silent film footage of Straub with Bobby Kennedy days before his assassination.
1968

Death and memorial materialsReturn to Top

The Death and memorial materials series contains materials regarding Straub's death (due to complications from Alzheimer's disease) and regarding the memorial and tribute efforts that followed. The bulk of the series is comprised of condolence correspondence to the surviving Straub family members.

Container(s) Description Dates
Condolence correspondence
Correspondence is foldered alphabetically by the first letter of the last name (or the institution's name) of the correspondent.
A
2002
B
2002
C
2002-2003
Crocker, Beth
Condolence correspondence from teacher Beth Crocker, as well as an included compilation of 1976 letters from her students asking Straub to come visit their classroom (and press clippings regarding when Straub made that visit)
1976, 2002
D
2002
E
2002
F
Includes a letter from University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer
2002
G
Includes an open letter from Garten Services
2002
H
2002
J
2002
K
2002
L
Includes a letter from the staff of the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC)
2002
Ma-Me
2002
Mo-Mu
2002
boxes
34
N
Includes a letter from the Salem/Keizer branch of the NAACP and a card from the Northwest Youth Corps
2002
O
2002
P
2002
R
Includes a letter to Pat from Bob's sister, Jean Russell
2002
Sa-Sk
2002
Sm-Sw
2002
T
2002
V
2002
W
2002
Z, no last name
2002-2003
Outgoing from Straub family
Card and letter expressing thanks for support
2002-2003
Donations and recognitions
boxes
34
Donations
Correspondence and newsletter regarding donations and tributes made in memory of Straub
2002-2003
76
Recognitions
Framed legislation from House Concurrent Resolution 4, to mourn Straub's death.
2003
Straub Middle School
Press clippings regarding a proposal to name a middle school after Straub
2009
Memorial service and tribute
boxes
34, 59
Memorial service
Transcript of service; text of speeches, including those given by Dean Brooks, Straub's nephew Luke Russell, and former Gov. Victor Atiyeh; program. Guest book is stored in box 59. See also Audiovisual materials- Video- Gov. Straub Memorial.
2002
34
Tribute
Clippings and program. See also Audiovisual materials- Video- Bob Straub Day: Rotunda
2003
Press coverage
boxes
34
Obituary submission packet
2002
38
Political cartoon
Large print of an Oregon political cartoon picturing the unspoiled Oregon coast, with the text noting that Straub's memorial has already been completed.
2002
34
Press clippings
2.0 folders
2002