W. H. Hardy was a member of the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Naval expedition to Japan in 1852-1854, Commanded by Mathew C. Perry, that resulted in opening up trade routes with Japan. The collection contains a letter dated November 18, 1918 from Hardy to Fred Lockley, and a poem commemorating Perry.
Fred Lockley (1871-1958) was a columnist, and also manager of newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, a rare book dealer, and an author of books on Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. The collection contains a letter dated June 20, 1916, from Lockley to Charles S. Jackson, in which Lockely offered to report about an Oregon military unit going to Mexico.
Frederic George Young (1858 -1929) was a professor at the University of Oregon, a historian, and was one of the founders of the Oregon Historical Society. The collection contains a letter dated June 25, 1916, from Young to Fred Lockley, regarding Oregon history and the Oregon Historical Society.