Guide to the William James Crawford Papers

Print this Finding Aid | Email this Finding Aid


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Crawford, William James, 1907-1970
Title: William James Crawford papers
Dates: 1949-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 636
Summary: William James Crawford was an attorney in Oregon. The collection contains selected case files. The major case is before the Indian Claims Commission, number 17, Snake River or Piute Indians v. United States, a suit to recover value of reservation land.
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.

Historical Note

William James Crawford lived from 1907 to 1970 and worked as an attorney in Oregon. Crawford was born in The Dalles, Oregon and educated at the University of Oregon. He was an attorney in Burns and Portland, Oregon.

Content Description

The collection contains selected case files from 1949 to 1961. The case files in this collection were removed from a miscellaneous file that was later destroyed. The cases are: 1) First Baptist Church of La Grande, Oregon vs. Oregon State Baptist Convention, 1941-1953, a civil suit over money loaned for the construction of a church. 2) Indian Claims Commission, number 17, Snake or Paiute Indians vs. United States, 1941-1961, a suit to recover value of reservation land. The case files includes photocopies of U. S. Army and Bureau of Indian Affairs documents, 1864-1881, depositions by Indians, and correspondence. Among the documents is "1879 Appraisal of the Former Malheur Reservation, Eastern Oregon, Volume 1," Henry T. Murray, 1958. 3) National Labor Relations Board vs. Pacific American Shipowners Association, et al. This is a series of labor arbitration cases, 1951-1955, in which Crawford was referee. The collection also contains documents on several malpractice investigations by the Oregon Bar Association, 1950-1956.

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], William James Crawford Papers, Ax 636, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Case 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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Case papers
1 1 First Baptist Church. La Grande, Oregon 1953
1 2 First Baptist Church. La Grande, Oregon 1953
1 3 Malher Reservation. Oregon 1864-1941
1 4 Malher Reservation. Oregon 1879
1 5 Pacific Maritime Association 1952-1955
1 6 Pacific Maritime Association 1952-1955
1 7 Pacific Maritime Association 1955
1 8 Pacific Maritime Association Abritration Files 1954-1955
1 9 Bar Association (Conduct Committee) 1951-1959
1 10 Bar Association (General Business) 1952-1953

^ Return to Top


  • Personal Names :
  • Crawford, William James, 1907-1970--Archives
  • Murray, Henry T.
  • Corporate Names :
  • First Baptist Church (La Grande, Or.)
  • Oregon State Baptist Convention
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Pacific American Shipowners Association
  • United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs--Records and correspondence
  • United States. Indian Claims Commission
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board
  • Geographical Names :
  • Malheur Indian Reservation (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Arbitration, Industrial--United States
  • Indians of North America--Oregon--Treaties
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Burns
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Portland
  • Malpractice--United States
  • Paiute Indians
  • Shoshoni Indians

    ^ Return to Top