Guide to the Harry Lane papers
1891-circa 1940

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lane, Harry, 1855-1917
Title: Harry Lane papers
Dates: 1891-circa 1940 ( inclusive )
Quantity: .7 cubic feet (2 document cases)
Collection Number: Mss 536
Summary: Papers relating to Harry Lane, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, and U.S. Senator from Oregon. Includes a small amount of original correspondence from and to Lane; drafts and research materials for a biography by the Federal Writers' Project, circa 1940; news clippings about Lane; and writings and notes by Lane's daughter Nina Lane McBride.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Contact Information: Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Languages: Materials in the collection are inEnglish and German   
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Harry Lane, a colorful figure in Oregon politics, was the grandson of General Joseph Lane, a pioneer politician and territorial governor. Harry Lane was born in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1855. He graduated from Willamette University in 1876 and took a medical degree there in 1878. After post-graduate work in New York and a private practice in San Francisco, he settled in Portland, Oregon and eventually became the superindendent of the State Insane Asylum. He served as mayor of Portland from 1905-1909 and as the state's Democratic U.S. Senator from 1913 until his death in 1917. His daugher, Nina Lane McBride, was active in the Socialist Party around 1912-1920.

Content Description

The collection includes a small amount of original correspondence from and to Lane; drafts and research materials for a biography by the Federal Writers' Project, circa 1940; news clippings about Lane, primarily relating to his death; and writings and notes by Lane's daughter Nina Lane McBride, who was active in the Socialist Party around 1912-1920. Among the original correspondence are two letters from William ("Big Bill") Haywood, head of the International Workers of the World.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Copies of correspondence held by the University of Oregon Library can only be quoted from with the permission of that repository.

Preferred Citation :  

Harry Lane papers, Mss 536, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in one series

Location of Originals :  

Originals of some Lane correspondence are held by the University Of Oregon Library

Acquisition Information :  

Library Accession 8735

Related Materials :  

Additional papers of Harry Lane can be found at the University of Oregon Library, Eugene, Oregon

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Original correspondence of Harry Lane, 1891-1918

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Copies of correspondence from University of Oregon, 1891-1917

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Biography by Federal Writers' Project
1/3 19th century period circa 1940
1/4 Period from 1876 to 1890 circa 1940
1/5 Period of 1905-1907 circa 1940
1/6 Period of early 1900s circa 1940
1/7 Period of 1910-1917 circa 1940
1/8-9 Transcriptions of articles, documents, and passages from the Congressional record by Florence Bennett and R. Wiggs 1940

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Political writings by Nina Lane McBride, circa 1911-1921

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A travesty on justice : the Hillstrom case by Judge O. N. Hilton (pamphlet about labor activist Joe Hill), undated

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Writings by an unidentified author, undated

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News clippings about Harry Lane, from scrapbook, 1907-1918, undated

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News clippings, 1906-1917, undated

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Lane, Harry, 1855-1917--Archives  ( creator)
  • Family Names :
  • Lane family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Federal Writers' Project (Or.)  ( creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Politics and government
  • Portland (Or.)--History
  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--United States
  • Mayors--Oregon--Portland
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Clippings
    • Genealogies
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Other Creators :
    • McBride, Nina Lane

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