Norman Rupp papers , 1875-1950

Overview of the Collection

Rupp, Norman Nienstedt, 1882-1942
Norman Rupp papers
1875-1950 (inclusive)
13.25 linear feet, (24 containers, 29 volumes)
Collection Number
Ax 094
Norman Nienstedt Rupp was a timberland owner and investor. With his father, John J. Rupp, he bought, leased and sold timber lands in Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California. Rupp moved from Saginaw, Michigan to Portland, Oregon. He was associated with the Huron Timber Company, the Mitchell, Dorr Real Estate Company, the Rupp Investment Company, and the Rose Gold Mining and Milling Company. The collection includes the diaries of John J. Rupp, 1875-1927, letters, books, journals and ledgers and other business papers.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Norman Nienstedt Rupp was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1882. He was a prosperous business man in numerous areas including investments, timber, mining, and logging. While his father John Rupp based his companies in Michigan, Norman based his in Portland, Oregon. Through numerous businesses and dealings, Norman Rupp acquired land in California, Florida, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, and Michigan. He was a member of the board for the Rupp-Holland Logging Co. which was formed in 1917 and disincorporated in 1929. Norman Rupp was also the president of the Rupp Timber Company, which was formed in 1928 and dissolved in 1936. Rupp also held numerous executive positions in various other companies.

One primary company that Norman Rupp was affiliated with was the Rose Gold Mining and Milling Company which was owned and operated by his father. The Rose Gold Mining and Milling Company was incorporated in 1898 and dissolved in 1928. Norman Rupp was married and had at least 2 children. He died on November 25, 1942.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Norman N. Rupp Papers contain correspondence, legal documents and a variety of business records. Maintained in the order in which they were received, the papers are roughly organized in reverse chronological order for correspondence and by subject in other records. Therefore, there is a lot of overlap of material. Researchers are encouraged to go through all the papers, especially if they are researching a specific recipient for outgoing correspondence. Some of the correspondence may include letters to and by both Norman Rupp and John Rupp. The contracts are divided by type of contract, not subject or person involved in the business deal. The Rose Gold Mining and Milling Company also has material in Series VII, Oversized Material. The first series is contained in three boxes.

The second series contains contracts and business dealings. This series is roughly organized by person or company involved in the deal. The contracts are divided first by individual contracts and related correspondence, then by company contracts and correspondence. The rest of the series contains correspondence and contracts divided by subject ending with miscellaneous contracts from the entire series. All divisions, while not categorized by subseries, are arranged alphabetically. This series also has material contained in Series VII, Oversized Material. The second series is contained in five boxes.

The third series contains correspondence by both John and Norman Rupp. It is divided into incoming, outgoing and miscellaneous materials relating to the correspondence. This series is arranged as they were received. Therefore there may be confusion in the subject headings. The subject headings do relate to either sender or recipient. In some cases, the letters are divided into letters either to or from Norman Rupp or John Rupp. In those cases, it is specified on the folder title. A substantial amount of the correspondence is by a third party, Norman Rupp or John Rupp having received a carbon copy of the letter. In this case, the letters are filed as incoming. This series also has material contained in Series VII, Oversized Material. The third series is contained in three boxes.

The fourth series contains the estate records of Norman Rupp. While primarily containing Norman Rupp estate material, this series also contains material regarding the estate of John Rupp. Material about the John Rupp estate can be located throughout the collection, as the material was not separated out initially. The John Rupp estate material is indicated on the folder title. The estate papers are divided into records and correspondence. The records are miscellaneous contracts, papers and anything that is not a letter. They are organized roughly by subject. The correspondence is in reverse chronological order and divided into incoming and outgoing. The fourth series is contained in three boxes.

The fifth series contains small pocket books of John Rupp. They are divided into journals, land books, and ledgers. The books are arranged chronologically and by type. The fifth series is contained in seven boxes.

The sixth series contains free-standing volumes. The first part of the series is documents produced by John Rupp. These books include letters, ledgers, journals (business) and land books. They are arranged by type of book. The second part of the series contains documents by Norman Rupp. These documents include ledgers, journals and volumes regarding the Rupp Investment Company. The series is concluded by estate books for the John Rupp estate. This subseries contains a land inventory, a journal and ledgers. The entire series contains 29 volumes.

The seventh and final series contains the oversized materials. It contains material from correspondence, Rose Gold Mining and Milling Company, and contracts and business dealings. The fifth series contains three oversized boxes.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lumber trade--United States
  • Mining corporations

Personal Names

  • Rupp, Norman Nienstedt, 1882-1942

Corporate Names

  • Rose Gold Mining and Milling Company
  • Rupp Investment Company
  • Rupp Timber Company
  • Rupp-Holland Logging Company

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence