William E. Walsh papers, 1930-1968

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Walsh, William E., 1903-1975
Title
William E. Walsh papers
Dates
1930-1968 (inclusive)
Quantity
9.5 linear feet, (7 containers)  :  6 record storage boxes, 1 manuscript box
Collection Number
Ax 494
Summary
William E. Walsh (1903-1975) was an attorney who served as a senator in the Oregon legislature (Republican) from the 8th district, 1941-1952, and as president of the state Senate from 1949-1950. The collection contains correspondence and files related to Oregon political campaigns, including the campaigns of Julius L. Meier, Mark Hatfield and Wayne L. Morse, correspondence, documents and bills, committee and commission records, and Columbia Valley Authority files.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 5413463068
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. For more information, please submit a Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections

Languages
English
Sponsor
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

William E. Walsh (1903-1975) was born in Oswego, New York and educated at Willamette University in Oregon. He became an attorney and then served as a senator in the Oregon legislator (Republican) from the 8th district, 1941-1952, and as president of the state senate from 1949-1950. He also served as president of the State Board of Higher education. He was involved in many Oregon political campaigns and was chairman of the Nelson Rockefeller Presidential primary campaign committee in Oregon. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Willamette University and a member of the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar. Walsh also founded the radio station KWRP, in Coquille, Oregon, in 1949.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence and files related to Oregon political campaigns, including the campaigns of Julius L. Meier, Mark Hatfield and Wayne L. Morse, and Walsh's legislative correspondence files, documents and bills, committee and commission records, and Columbia Valley Authority files.

The Political File series (1930-1968) consists of correspondence and documents relating to Oregon politics, including the Julius Meier - Phil Metschan, Jr race in 1930, campaigns for the presidency of the State Senate, the Paul Patterson for Governor Committee, the Mark Hatfield for Secretary of State Committee, and campaign material on James W. Mott, Joe E. Dunn, and Earl Snell.

Among the nearly 1,000 letters the major correspondents are: Ralph H. Cake, Harris Ellsworth, Mark Hatfield, Phillip Hitchcock, Jack Lynch, Thomas R. Mahoney, Wayne L. Morse, Paul L. Patterson, Dean H. Walker.

The Legislative Correspondence and Documents series (1943-1963) contains about 700 letters to and from persons and organizations interested in specific legislation.

The State Legislature Correspondence and Documents series (1949; 1951) includes letters to and from persons and organizations interested in specific legislation, or bills, and also bill files and documents arranged by bill subject and number (for the 1951 session only).

The Records of Committees and Commissions series include documents, research, minutes and notes for the Interim Committee on Workmen's Compensation (1943-1944), Interim Committee on Aeronautics (1949-1951), Interim Committee on State Government Administration (1950), State Emergency Board (1950), Statute Revision Council (1950-1952), and the Interim Committee on Game Management (1951).

The Columbia Valley Authority (CVA) series includes documents and correspondence on the proposed CVA project, 1949-1950.

There is also a file on the Republican National Convention of 1952, at which Walsh was a member of the Credentials Committee.

The Oregon Rockefeller Campaign Committee materials were separated from the William E. Walsh papers. For more information, please see the related materials note.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William E. Walsh papers, Ax 494, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Oregon Rockefeller Committee materials that were separated from the William E. Walsh papers can be found at, Oregon Rockefeller Committee records, Bx, 121, also in Special Collections and University Archives.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Campaign literature--Oregon
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Legislators--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Political campaigns--Oregon
  • Politicians--Oregon--Correspondence

Personal Names

  • Hatfield, Mark O., 1922-2011
  • Meier, Julius L., 1874-1937
  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974
  • Walsh, William E., 1903-1975
  • Walsh, William E., 1903-1975

Corporate Names

  • Columbia Valley Authority
  • Oregon. Legislative Assembly
  • Republican Party (Or.)

Geographical Names

  • Oregon--Politics and government

Form or Genre Terms

  • Campaign literature
  • Correspondence
  • Legislative records