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James Wheaton Mott papers, 1918-1945
- Mott, James W.
- James Wheaton Mott papers
- 1918-1945 (inclusive)19181945
9 linear feet, (6 containers, 20 volumes)
- Collection Number
- Ax 077
- James Wheaton Mott became a lawyer and served in the Oregon House of Representatives (1922-1928; 1930-1932) and the U.S. Congress (1933-1945). The collection contains state and U.S congressional files that include correspondence and bills, as well as speeches, campaign material, files on Tongue Point Naval Air Base, photographs, and scrapbooks, 1918-1945.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
1299 University of Oregon
- Access Restrictions
UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. For more information, please submit a Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections.
- 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
James Wheaton Mott was educated at the University of Oregon, Stanford University, and the Law School at Willamette University. He started practicing law in Astoria, Oregon in 1917. He served in WWI in the U.S. Navy. He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives and served from 1922-1928 and in 1930-1932. He was then elected as a Republican to the U.S. Congress, serving from 1933 until his death in 1945. Mott wrote a version of the Federal-Aid Highway Act bill (1944) that first used the word "interstate" to refer to the new highway plan, instead of interregional, and he also worked on legislation regarding the Tongue Point Naval base.
Source: US Department of Transportation website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/naming.cfm
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains state and U.S congressional files that include correspondence and bills, as well as speeches, campaign material, files on Tongue Point Naval Air Base, photographs, and scrapbooks, 1918-1945.
Congressional files are separated into State and U.S Congress sections, and material within each section is filed by session year.
A section marked "private bills" includes files on Tongue Point Naval Air Base. Photographs in the collection depict Mott and a group of legislators that traveled to Germany in 1945 to tour concentration camps and prepare a report.
Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about Mott's congressional activities, Oregon politics in general, and mementos.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Identification of item], James Wheaton Mott papers, Ax 077, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Campaign literature--Oregon
- Legislators--United States
- Transportation--Law and legislation--United States
- Mott, James W.
- Oregon. Legislative Assembly. House of Representatives
- Tongue Point Naval Air Station (Or.)
- United States. Congress. House
- Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
- United States--Politics and government--1933-1945
Form or Genre Terms
- Campaign literature
- Legislative records