Randall Vause Mills joined the University of Oregon English faculty in 1938. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mills wrote two books and numerous articles on transportation in the Pacific Northwest. He also wrote articles on bridge construction and location. In addition, Mills was interested in folklore, and was the founder and first president of the Oregon Folklore Society. The collection largely consists of correspondence, manuscripts, research material and notecards, printed material, photographs, and scrapbooks pertaining to transportation in the Pacific Northwest and folklore.
Walter Ross Baumes Willcox (1869-1947) was an architect in Burlington, VT and Seattle, WA before coming to the University of Oregon in 1922 as head of the Department of Architecture. He was a member of the board and of committees of the American Institute of Architects.