William James Crawford papers , 1949-1970

Overview of the Collection

Crawford, William James, 1907-1970
William James Crawford papers
1949-1970 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 636
William James Crawford was an attorney in Oregon. The collection contains selected case files. The major case is before the Indian Claims Commission, number 17, Snake River or Piute Indians v. United States, a suit to recover value of reservation land.
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

William James Crawford lived from 1907 to 1970 and worked as an attorney in Oregon. Crawford was born in The Dalles, Oregon and educated at the University of Oregon. He was an attorney in Burns and Portland, Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains selected case files from 1949 to 1961. The case files in this collection were removed from a miscellaneous file that was later destroyed. The cases are: 1) First Baptist Church of La Grande, Oregon vs. Oregon State Baptist Convention, 1941-1953, a civil suit over money loaned for the construction of a church. 2) Indian Claims Commission, number 17, Snake or Paiute Indians vs. United States, 1941-1961, a suit to recover value of reservation land. The case files includes photocopies of U. S. Army and Bureau of Indian Affairs documents, 1864-1881, depositions by Indians, and correspondence. Among the documents is "1879 Appraisal of the Former Malheur Reservation, Eastern Oregon, Volume 1," Henry T. Murray, 1958. 3) National Labor Relations Board vs. Pacific American Shipowners Association, et al. This is a series of labor arbitration cases, 1951-1955, in which Crawford was referee. The collection also contains documents on several malpractice investigations by the Oregon Bar Association, 1950-1956.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Arbitration, Industrial--United States
  • Indians of North America--Oregon--Treaties
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Burns
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Portland
  • Malpractice--United States
  • Paiute Indians
  • Shoshoni Indians

Personal Names

  • Crawford, William James, 1907-1970
  • Murray, Henry T.

Corporate Names

  • First Baptist Church (La Grande, Or.)
  • Oregon State Baptist Convention
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Pacific American Shipowners Association
  • United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • United States. Indian Claims Commission
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board

Geographical Names

  • Malheur Indian Reservation (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence