Ben Hur Lampman papers, 1933-1952

Overview of the Collection

Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954
Ben Hur Lampman papers
1933-1952 (inclusive)
0.68 cubic feet, (1 legal document case; 1 slim legal document case)
Collection Number
Mss 2450
Papers, primarily correspondence, of Ben Hur Lampman (1886-1954), a reporter and editor for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland, and Oregon's poet laureate from 1951 until his death. The collection also contains a small quantity of biographical material, ephemera, and writings.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ben Hur Lampman was born in Wisconsin in 1886. When he was young, he worked in his father's print shop. Later, he moved with his family to Gold Hill, Oregon, where he worked for the local newspaper. In 1916, he moved to Portland to become a reporter for Oregonian. In 1920, he published an account of the 1919 Centralia Massacre. In 1921, he was appointed to the editorial page. His stories and essays also appeared in national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post. In 1951, he was appointed the Oregon poet laureate. Lampman died in 1954.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Ben Hur Lampman consist almost exclusively of correspondence, 1933-1952. The collection also contains a small quantity of biographical material, ephemera, and writings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Ben Hur Lampman papers, Mss 2450, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Malcom Bauer, May 1977 (Lib. Acc. 14127).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Journalism--Oregon
  • Journalists--Oregon
  • Newspaper editors--Oregon

Personal Names

  • Lampman, Ben Hur, 1886-1954--Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • Oregonian (Firm)--Employees

Form or Genre Terms

  • correspondence