Guide to the Frederick Steiwer Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Steiwer, Frederick, 1883-1939
Title: Frederick Steiwer papers
Dates: 1911-1933 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (3 containers and 1 scrapbook)
Collection Number: Ax 080
Summary: Frederick Steiwer (1883-1939) became a lawyer who served as Oregon district attorney 1912-1916, was elected to the State Senate, served in WWI, and was elected to the U.S. Senate (1926-1938). The collection contains political campaign records, army records, correspondence and clippings, 1911-1933.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

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

Frederick Steiwer (1883-1939) was born on a farm near Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon. He attended public schools and graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College at Corvallis in 1902 and from the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1906. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced practice in Pendleton, Umatilla County, in 1909.

He served as Oregon deputy district attorney 1909-1910, and then as district attorney 1912-1916. He was elected to the State Senate and served from 1936-19717.

Steiwer enlisted in the United States Army during the First World War and served from 1917 to 1919 in the Sixty-fifth Field Artillery, with rank of first lieutenant.

After his return, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1926 and reelected in 1932 and served until January 31, 1938, when he resigned. During his time in the U.S. Senate he served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Seventy-second Congress).

After his resignation from the U.S. Senate he continued practicing law in Washington, D.C., until his death there February 3, 1939. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Content Description

The collection contains political campaign records, army records, correspondence and clippings.

The largest portion of the correspondence concerns his primary campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1932, and some files include clippings.

There is a file containing army records and a file of correspondence regarding the "Ex-Servicemen's Bailey for Governor" club, 1930.

There is one oversize scrapbook of clippings.

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 & 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], Frederick Steiwer papers, Ax 080, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Related Materials :  

A collection of Frederick Steiwer papers is housed at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Politicians--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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