Arthur Robert Smith papers, 1931-1966  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Smith, Arthur Robert, 1925-
Title
Arthur Robert Smith papers
Dates
1931-1966 (inclusive)
Quantity
.9 cubic feet (2 document cases, 1 reel microfilm)
Collection Number
Mss 1074
Summary
Papers relating to journalist Robert Arthur Smith's research and writing on Senator Wayne Morse. Includes copies of Morse's correspondence; Smith's correspondence and notes concerning Morse; materials relating to Morningside Hospital in Portland, Oregon; the Alaska Mental Health Bill of 1954; and typescript of Smith's book The tiger in the Senate (1962).
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Arthur Robert Smith was an Oregon journalist and author whose book on Senator Wayne Morse, The tiger in the Senate, was published in 1962. In the mid-1950s Smith wrote a number of investigative articles for the News-Miner of Fairbanks, Alaska, regarding the Morningside Hospital in Portland, Or. The hospital had housed mental health patients from Alaska, and its administration came under the scrutiny of the U.S. Senate as it debated a bill to fund mental health services in that state (then a U.S. Territory). The move for funding was championed by Oregon Senator Richard Neuberger, then in his first year in Congress.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes copies of correspondence to and from Senator Wayne Morse, and correspondence and notes of Arthur Smith regarding Morse. The microfilm contains copies of Morse's correspondence with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Also included in the collection are materials concerning the investigation of the Morningside Hospital in Portland, Or., and the related U.S. Senate effort to fund a mental hospital in Alaska in the mid-1950s. A typescript of Smith's book on Morse, titled The tiger in the Senate (1962) is also included.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Arthur Robert Smith papers, Mss1074, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  Wayne Morse research materials and correspondence, 1931-1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence with Arthur Smith
1953-1968
1/2
Correspondence between Arthur Smith and Wayne Morse
1955-1960
1/3
Correspondence of Wayne Morse (carbon copies and photocopies)
Includes correspondence with President Harry S. Truman.
1948-1969
1/4
General correspondence
1931-1966
1/5
Memoranda
1942-1964
Microfilm Reel
Correspondence between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Wayne Morse
1933-1944

Series B:  Morningside Hospital materials, 1954-1956Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/6
Articles of incorporation of Morningside Hospital (typescript copies)
1955
1/7
Audit of hospital by the General Accounting Office, and related materials
1954-1956
1/8
Public opposition to Alaska mental health bill (typed summaries)
1956
1/9
Letters to and from Arthur Smith regarding articles on hospital
1955-1956
1/10
News clippings
1954-1956
1/11
Notes on hostpital
undated
1/12
Senator Richard Neuberger's press releases, reports, letters and recommendations
1954-1956

Series C:  Typescript of The tiger in the Senate, circa 1961Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/13
Pages 1-109
circa 1961
2/1
Pages 110-232
circa 1961
2/2
Pages 233-435
circa 1961
2/3
Pages 436-end, and related materials
circa 1961

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mental health-- United States--Law and legislation.
  • Mental health--Alaska--History.
  • Mental health--Oregon--History.
  • Psychiatric hospitals--Oregon--Portland--History.
  • Personal Names :
  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974--Correspondence. (creator)
  • Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945--Correspondence.
  • Smith, Arthur Robert, 1925- . (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Morningside Hospital (Portland, Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska--Politics and government--1867-1959.
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1951- .
  • Portland (Or.)--History.
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • The tiger in the senate : the biography of Wayne Morse.