James Wheaton Mott papers, 1918-1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Mott, James W.
James Wheaton Mott papers
1918-1945 (inclusive)
9.0 linear feet, (6 containers, 20 volumes)
Collection Number
Ax 077
James Wheaton Mott became a lawyer and served in the Oregon House of Representatives (1922-1928; 1930-1932) and the U.S. Congress (1933-1945). The collection contains state and U.S congressional files that include correspondence and bills, as well as speeches, campaign material, files on Tongue Point Naval Air Base, photographs, and scrapbooks, 1918-1945.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

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

James Wheaton Mott was educated at the University of Oregon, Stanford University, and the Law School at Willamette University. He started practicing law in Astoria, Oregon in 1917. He served in WWI in the U.S. Navy. He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives and served from 1922-1928 and in 1930-1932. He was then elected as a Republican to the U.S. Congress, serving from 1933 until his death in 1945. Mott wrote a version of the Federal-Aid Highway Act bill (1944) that first used the word "interstate" to refer to the new highway plan, instead of interregional, and he also worked on legislation regarding the Tongue Point Naval base.

Source: US Department of Transportation website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/naming.cfm

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains state and U.S congressional files that include correspondence and bills, as well as speeches, campaign material, files on Tongue Point Naval Air Base, photographs, and scrapbooks, 1918-1945.

Congressional files are separated into State and U.S Congress sections, and material within each section is filed by session year.

A section marked "private bills" includes files on Tongue Point Naval Air Base. Photographs in the collection depict Mott and a group of legislators that traveled to Germany in 1945 to tour concentration camps and prepare a report.

Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about Mott's congressional activities, Oregon politics in general, and mementos.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Wheaton Mott papers, Ax 077, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Campaign literature--Oregon
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Legislators--United States
  • Politicians--Oregon
  • Transportation--Law and legislation--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Mott, James W.
  • Mott, James W.--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon. Legislative Assembly. House of Representatives.
  • Tongue Point Naval Air Station (Or.).
  • United States. Congress. House.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1945
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Campaign literature
  • Correspondence
  • Legislative records
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks