Guide to the Oscar Hiram Lipps papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lipps, Oscar H.
Title: Oscar Hiram Lipps papers
Dates: 1912-1939 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 151
Summary: Oscar H. Lipps served at the Carlisle Indian School, as superintendent of the Nez Perce Agency, at the Chemawa Indian School, and as a field representative of the U. S. Indian Service at the end of the 1800s. The collection includes general correspondence, 1934–1938, regarding Indian problems and Indian rights and Indian school press publications.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Oscar Hiram Lipps was born in Fayette, Indian and educated at American University, Harriman, Tennessee. He was a teacher, and entered the U.S. Indian School service in 1898. He served at the Carlisle Indian School, as superintendent of the Nez Perce Agency, at the Chemawa Indian School, and as a field representative of the U. S. Indian Service.

Content Description

The collection includes general correspondence, 1934–1938, regarding Indian problems and Indian rights, with letters from Matthew K. Sniffen, secretary of the Indian Rights Association. Special reports include: “The Indian Tribes of Southeast Alaska,” (1936); Metlakatla, Alaska Memory Book (Metlakatla, Alaska, 1937); The Case of the California Indians (Chemawa, Oregon, 1932); “Confidential Report on Conditions of California Indians” (1920); “Report on Economic and Social Conditions of the Indians of Idaho, Oregon and Washington” (1927); “The Eskimos of the Bering Sea” (1936). One folder contains a collection of Indian school press publications, particularly from Carlisle and Chemawa Indian schools.

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 the Division of Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Manuscripts Librarian of the Division of Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival 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], Oscar Hiram Lipps Papers, Ax 151, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence and papers; Reports.

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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence and papers
1 1 Correspondence and documents, re: work as field representative 1934-1938
1 2 Contracts and correspondence, re: jobs
1 3 Correspondence, general 1934-1938
1 4 Family history
1 5 Miscellaneous papers
1 6 Miscellaneous publications

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2 Lipps. The Indian tribes of southeast Alaska 1936
2 Metlakatla, Alaska. Memory book 1937
2 Lipps. Syllabus of course, Alaskan native village government and community life 1938
2 Lipps. The case of the California Indians 1932
2 Lipps. Voyaging in Eskimo land 1936
2 Lipps. In the matter of the heirs of Edna Cox, deceased 1912
2 Lipps. Description of vocational senior high school courses...Chemawa, Oregon 1930
2 Lipps. Confidential report on conditions of California Indians 1920
2 McDowell. Report on the landless Indians of California 1919
2 Lipps. Report on the Indian Congress, Spokane, Washington July 1926
2 Lipps. Report on Indian organization, Flathead reservation 1937
2 Lipps. Report on the economic and social conditions of the Indians of Idaho. Oregon and Washington 1927
2 Lipps. Report of a survey of Industrial conditions, Blackfeet reservation, Montana 1922
2 Lipps. The Eskimos on Bering sea. A report on their economic and social conditions 1936
2 Fort Bidwell (California). Indian Colony project undated

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  • Personal Names :
  • Lipps, Oscar H.--Archives
  • Sniffen, Matthew K.--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Chemawa Vocational School
  • U.S. Indian School (Chemawa, Salem, Or.)
  • United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.)
  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs
  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Nez Perce Agency
  • Subject Terms :
  • Indians of North America--Civil rights
  • Indians of North America--Social conditions
  • Student publications--Pennsylvania--Carlisle
    • Occupations :
    • Indian agents
    • School superintendents

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