John Dellenback papers, 1964-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Dellenback, John R., 1918-2002
John Dellenback papers
1964-2000 (inclusive)
288.0 linear feet, (199 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 288
John Richard Dellenback (1918-2002) served in the Oregon state legislature and represented southwest Oregon in the U.S. Congress (Republican), where he wrote the bill that established the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in 1972. The collection contains congressional records that include subject files, correspondence, reports and publications, speeches, news releases, as well as calendars, scrapbooks, photographs, 16mm film, and an oral history interview with Dellenback.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Richard Dellenback (1918-2002) served in the Oregon State Legislature and as a Republican from Oregon in the U.S. Congress.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1918, Dellenback graduated from Yale University. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II (1942-1946), he attended Northwestern University School of Speech, 1946 and 1949. Dellenback received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949 and began teaching law at Oregon State College that same year.

Dellenback served as a delegate at the Republication National Conventions in 1964, 1968, and 1972. In 1960, he was elected to the Oregon State Legislature, and in 1966 was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing Oregon's 4th Congressional District. He wrote legislation to establish the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, worked to pass a bill that made pipeline permit-holders and shippers liable for oil spills, and supported federal Title IX legislation for equal opportunity for boys and girls in athletics.

Dellenback served four terms in the House and was defeated in the 1974 elections by Democrat Jim Weaver. Dellenback's defeat is largely attributed to the anti-Republican mood of the electorate in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

After leaving Congress, Dellenback was appointed by President Gerald Ford as associate director of the Peace Corps, where he served from 1975 to 1977. From 1977 to 1988, Dellenback was president of the Christian College Coalition (now called the Coalition for Christian Colleges & Universities).

Dellenbeck died on December 7, 2002, in Medford, Oregon.

Souce: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains congressional records that include subject files, correspondence, reports and publications, speeches, news releases, as well as calendars, scrapbooks, photographs, 16mm film, and an oral history interview with Dellenback. The congressional material has been kept in its original order.

The 1975 original accession (183 boxes) contains subject files organized by year that include news releases and columns (1968-1972), files on public works projects, highways, public lands including the Oregon dunes and French Pete, education, health, and welfare files, energy and environmental files relating to oil, Jackson County transportation, veterans, correspondence and office files, foreign relations files, federal agency files, photographs, and radio tapes.

Accession 03.043.M contains more congressional files including speeches and news releases, as well as photographs, photo albums, scrapbooks, publications, class papers, newspapers, books, and artifacts. Photographs and albums include political rallies, Eugene in 1900, Dellenback's personal photos, political meetings, visits to Vietnam (some with captions), visits to South Korea (album), portraits, sports teams, 1930s-1940s prints, and autographed photos. Most of the photographs were removed from their original location for preservation reasons and are now stored separately.

Accession 05.011.M contains a transcript of an oral history interview with Dellenback conducted by the Oregon Historical Society (1992), pocket calendars (1977-1987), a photograph album of the dedication of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (1972). The photo album is located in box 195.

Accession 07.008.M contains five 16mm films.

Photographs and photo albums that were removed from the collection and stored separately for preservation reasons can be found in boxes 195; 197-199.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Dellenback papers, Coll 288, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Box
183 1-182 1975 Accession
184-193 2003 Accession
195 [missing] 194 2005 Accession
196 2007 Accession
197-199 Photographs and albums

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Politicians--Oregon
  • Politicians--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Dellenback, John R., 1918-2002
  • Dellenback, John R., 1918-2002--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (Or.)
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1951-
  • United States--Politics and government--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Legislative records