Walter R. May letter collection, 1929

Overview of the Collection

May, Walter R.
Walter R. May letter collection
1929 (inclusive)
.5 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
The Walter R. May letter collection contains letters written in response to a request from May for ideas for his commencement speech at Willamette University in June 1929.
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
Telephone: 5033706866
Fax: 5033706141
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to researchers.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

When these letters were collected in 1929, Walter R. May was editor of the morning edition of The Oregonian.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Walter R. May letter collection consists of ten letters written to May in 1929. May wrote to a number of national leaders to ask what advice they would give to young people about to graduate. The letters include replies from a labor leader; the president of U.S. Steel; the president of American Telephone and Telegraph; and Herbert Hoover, President of the United States, among others.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter R. May letter collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Acquisition Information

Gift of Walter R. May, June 1929 (see letter in collection).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Cooper, Kent
General editor, The Associated Press.
1929 May 16
1 2 Farrell, James A.
President of U. S. Steel Corporation.
1929 May 20
1 3 Filene, Edward A.
President, Wm. Filene's Sons Company
1929 May 15
1 4 Gifford, Walter S.
President, American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
1929 May 13
1 5 Green, William
American labor leader.
1929 May 23
1 6 Hoover, Herbert Clark
President of the United States.
1929 May 28
1 7 Lee, Ivy Ledbetter
American public-relations consultant.
1929 May 6
1 8 Moore, Charles
Chairman, Commission of Fine Arts.
1929 May
1 9 Rockefeller, John D. Jr. 1922-1929
1 10 Snow, William F. 1929 May 20
1 11 Suzzallo, Anthony Henry
An American educator.
1929 May 19
1 12 Taber, Louis J.
National Master of the National Grange.
1929 May 17
1 13 Printed copy of Commencement Address 1929 June 10
1 14 Photocopy of letters to President Doney, giving the letters to Willamette University
Originals in the Doney papers (Office of the President).
1929 June 29

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Farrell, James A. (James Augustine), 1863-1943
  • Gifford, Walter S. (Walter Sherman), 1885-1966
  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
  • Rockefeller, John D., Jr. (John Davison), 1874-1960

Geographical Names

  • Salem (Or.)