Guide to the Thomas Brues Neuhausen Papers
1850-1936

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Creator: Neuhausen, Thomas Brues, 1872-1944
Title: Thomas Brues Neuhausen papers
Dates: 1850-1936 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 28.0 linear feet (45 containers, 12 volumes)
Collection Number: Ax 084
Summary: Thomas Brues Neuhausen (1872-1944) was a newspaper correspondent and editor, an agent and inspector for US government agencies, a real estate broker in Oregon, and a leader in the Oregon Progressive Party. The collection contains Neuhausen family records, general, business and political correspondence (about 15,000 letters), U.S. Land office files, scrapbooks on early Oregon politics, Oregon Progressive Party files and scrapbooks, normal school information, and timber files.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in 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 Note

Thomas Brues Neuhausen (1872-1944) was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and moved to St. Paul, Minnisota, with his father, who became editor of Die Volkszeitung. Neuhausen was educated in Minnesota and at the Lyceum, Bamberg, Bavaria. In 1895 he became city editor of Die Volkszeitung, and in 1899 was the Washington D.C. correspondent of the St. Paul Globe.

In 1900 he married Maude Lyon. Neuhausen was appointed special agent of the U. S. Land Office, Ashland, Wisconsin in 1900, and transferred to The Dalles, Oregon in 1903, where he was a land fraud investigator. He had various titles and promotions, finally becoming confidential inspector for Secretary of the Interior Ethan Allen Hitchcock (1906) and later for James R. Garfield. He was especially useful to Francis J. Heney, government prosecutor.

Neuhausen resigned his inspectorship in 1908 and went into the brokerage business in Portland, Oregon, dealing in real estate, timber lands, and other investments. He retained strong interest in government and politics and became one of the leaders of the Progressive Party in Oregon in 1912. He was later campaign manager for Charles L. McNary, for Hiram Johnson's Oregon campaign, and for Robert N. Stanfield, and managed the 1918 Oregon Normal School campaign. His political activity diminished after 1933.

Content Description

The collection contains Neuhausen family records, general, business and political correspondence (about 15,000 letters), U.S. Land office files, scrapbooks on early Oregon politics, Oregon Progressive Party files and scrapbooks, normal school information, and timber files.

The Neuhausen family papers include personal correspondence, legal documents and notebooks, (1850-1933).

The general correspondence is organized by title or name. The major correspondents are: Tracy C. Becker, Claude Bristol, Henry Waldo Coe, Lem E. Dever, Charles T. Early, Colon R. Eberhard, Charles W. Eberlein, Francis J. Heney, Oscar Lawler, L. H. McMahan, Malcolm Moody, Charles R. Pierce, Charles M. Thomas, and Oswald West.

The business correspondence is also organized by title and the main correspondents are: Baby Joe and Kimmel Mine, Leodore, Idaho; Bimetallic Mine, Grant County, Ore.; Black Butte Mining Co.; Collumbia Chemical Co.; Furnish-Coe irrigation project, Stanfield, OR; Oro-Fino Gold Mine; Portland, OR; Realty Board; Sumter Valley Railroad; Mozier Timber Co.

The political correspondence includes letters, pamphlets, and other documents. Major correspondents are: Alfred E. Clark, O. H. Fithian, Charles Hall, Elizabeth Hanley, William Hanley, Hiram Johnson, Sam Kozer, A. W. Lafferty, Mrs. George McGrath, Charles L. McNary, Alvin A. Muck, Ben W. Olcott, Gifford Pinchot, Miles Poindexter, Benjamin C. Sheldon, Nicholas J. Sinnott, Robert N. Stanfield, Frederick Steiwer, and Ralph E. Williams.

There are also membership lists, financial records, and two scrapbooks relating to the Progressive Party, (1913-1917), files on the Normal School campaign (1918) and nine scrapbooks with clippings on early Oregon politics and politicians.

The U. S. General Land Office files include case reports, (1900-1916). Major cases are: Alvin A. Muck; Pacific Lumber and Furniture Co.; Oregon Lumber Co.; Hyde-Benson; William C. Bristol.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Thomas Brues Neuhausen papers, Ax 084, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Thomas Brues Neuhausenat Special Collections and University Archives include: A dissertation by Warren M. Blankenship, "Progressives and the Progressive Party in Oregon, 1906-1916" (Ph.D., History, University of Oregon, 1966), is based to a large extent on the Neuhausen papers.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • McNary, Charles Linza, 1874-1944
  • Neuhausen, Thomas Brues, 1872-1944
  • Neuhausen, Thomas Brues, 1872-1944--Correspondence
  • Stanfield, Robert Nelson, 1877-1945
  • Corporate Names :
  • Progressive Party (1912).
  • United States. General Land Office.
  • Family Names :
  • Neuhausen family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government--1859-1950
  • United States--Officials and employees
  • United States--Officials and employees--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Businessmen--Oregon
  • Businessmen--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Political campaigns--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Office files
    • Scrapbooks.

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