- Wendel, Harold F.
- Harold F. Wendel papers
- 1927-1967 (inclusive)19271967
- 1 cubic foot, (3 document cases)
- Collection Number
- Coll 196
- Papers of a businessman and civic leader of Portland, Oregon, who headed the Lipman Wolfe department store from 1927 until his death in 1967. Materials include correspondence; files on the Oregon State Sanitary Authority, a pollution control agency; files on the University of Oregon; and biographical materials.
- Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Harold F. Wendel was a businessman and civic leader of Portland, Oregon. From 1927 until his death in 1967 he served as president of the local department store Lipman Wolfe and Co., one of the city's largest. He also gained distiction as member of the State Sanitary Authority, which he joined in 1939. The Authority was charged with monitoring the pollution throughout the state, and Wendel was one of the earliest Oregon public figures to champion environmental protection. Wendel was also active in numerous civic organizations and was chosen as Portland's "First Citizen" by the Board of Realtors in 1956. He accompanied a U.S. trade mission to Japan, headed by Under-Secretary of Commerce Walter Williams, in 1958.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The papers consist of general correspondence; files on the State Sanitary Authority; a file on Wendel's trade mission to Japan; materials related to the University of Oregon; and general biographical materials. Most of the collection relates to Wendel's civic and government activities with very little on his work as head of the Lipman Wolfe department store. Much of the correspondence is between Wendel and various political figures regarding national and international affairs, including letters to and from Oregon's U.S. senators and congress members, such as Wayne Morse and Edith Green. Also of interest are two photographs of the Lipman Wolfe float in a Portland Rose Festival parade in the late 1920s.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.
Harold F. Wendel papers, Coll 196, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The collection is arranged in three series:
- Series A: General letters
- Series B: State Sanitary Authority
- Series C: General files
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series A: General Correspondence, 1958-1966Return to Top
Series B: State Sanitary Authority, 1958-1968Return to Top
|1/8||1967 (part 1)|
|2/1||1967 (part 2)|
Series C: General Files, 1927-1967Return to Top
Death notices of Harold F. Wendel
"First Citizen" materials
Newspaper articles about Wendel
Personal and biographical materials
Political materials, national and local (parts 1-2)
Political materials (part 3)
Speech on automobiles (not given)
University of Oregon materials
General clippings, photos, and ephemera
Includes two photographs of Lipman Wolfe car in the Portland Rose Festival parade, circa 1927.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Environmental policy--Oregon.
- Wendel, Harold F.--Archives (creator)
- Lipman Wolfe & Co.
- Oregon State Sanitary Authority.
- Portland (Or.)--Biography.
Form or Genre Terms
- Letters (correspondence)
- University of Oregon. (creator)