Guide to the Robert Ormond Case Papers
1926-1964

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Creator: Case, Robert Ormond, 1895-1964
Title: Robert Ormond Case papers
Dates: 1926-1964 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 467
Summary: Robert Ormond Case lived from 1895 to 1964, residing in Oregon most of his life. He was educated at the University of Oregon and went on to become a popular author of books and stories in the western genre, as well as a prominent resident of Portland. This collection contains several examples of his writing, in both published and manuscript forms. It also includes a large quantity of personal and private correspondence and documents.
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 encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Robert Ormond Case was a well-known Oregon author and a prominent, long-time resident of Portland. He was born in Dallas, Texas in 1895 and moved to Portland as a boy. He graduated from Tualatin Academy in Forest Grove, Oregon and went on to attend the University of Oregon.

In 1917, while a sophomore at the University, Case enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served 22 months with the 65th Artillery, CAC, including 52 consecutive days at the front. Case returned to U.O. and received a B.A. in 1920. During his years at the university he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi honorary journalistic society, and Sigma Upsilon honorary fiction society. In addition he was a member of the Cross-Roads philosophical society and founder of a campus humor magazine.

After his graduation from the University of Oregon. Case went to work as a reporter for the Portland Morning Oregonian. In 1921 he served as financial editor. From 1922 to 1925 he was involved in the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce. His career as a free-lance writer began in 1926 and soon thereafter published his first western, historically-inspired stories. He is best remembered as a writer of western stories, his most well-known dating from the 1930s through the 1950s. He wrote fourteen books and over 200 novelettes. In 1944 he received a Peabody award for the radio scripts of Song of Columbia. Most of Case's serials and short stories were written for national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's and Country Gentleman.

Case spent most of his mature life in Portland, Oregon with periods of residency in New York and California. In Portland he was a member of the school board as well as the City Club and the Rotarians. He was a prominent member of the state Republican Party, particularly as a leader of the Conservative wing during the time of Wayne Morse. He spent the final years of his life in Oakland, California, where he died on 27 March 1964.

Content Description

The Robert Ormond Case papers include correspondence, documents, literary manuscripts and published works. Of particular value to the researcher is the quantity of both professional and personal correspondence from much of his mature life, and documents pertaining to his career, private life and health. These include letters to and from family and friends, correspondence to and from his agents and lawyers, and communications with publishers. Also included are documents and correspondence pertaining to his divorce from his first wife and papers dealing with persistent medical problems during the last years of his life. There is unfortunately very little material dealing with the author's youth and education directly. One searching for information on his years at the University of Oregon would have to rely on very few incidental recollections in papers of much later years. The majority of the materials date from the mid-1930s on, with most of the family correspondence dating from the 1950s to the end of Case's life.

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 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], Robert Ormond Case Papers, Ax 467, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: 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

papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
Box
1 1 A Brief Spititual Guide
Box
Folder
1 2 A Rational Spiritual Concept
Box
Folder
1 3 Always Eleven 1
Box
Folder
1 4 Always Eleven 2
Box
Folder
1 5 Always Eleven 3
Box
Folder
1 6 Candy Man 1
Box
Folder
1 7 Candy Man 2
Box
Folder
1 8 Castle-Crawling in Merrie England 1
Box
Folder
1 9 Castle-Crawling in Merrie England 2
Box
Folder
1 10 "The Cosmetics Caper"
Box
Folder
1 11 "Diogenes Triumphant"
Box
Folder
1 12 "The Falling Warriors at the Pali"
Box
Folder
1 13 Flower by the Snowdrift 1
Box
Folder
1 14 Flower by the Snowdrift 2
Box
Folder
1 15 "The Free World's Greatest Oil Reserve"
Box
Folder
1 16 The Golden Shadow
Box
Folder
1 17 "Heartbreak Hill"
Box
Folder
1 18 "Hong Kong Pioneers"
Box
Folder
1 19 "I Learned About Cows from Her"
Box
Folder
1 20 "Lost and Found"
Box
Folder
1 21 "Our Far-Flung 'Security' Line"
Box
Folder
1 22 "The Purple Lagoon"
Box
Folder
1 23 "Random Thoughts from an Old Hand"
Box
Folder
1 24 Song of the Columbia
Box
Folder
1 25 "Trouble at Midas Creek"
Box
Folder
1 26 Voodoo
Box
Folder
1 27 War on Glacier River (Ravenhill) 1
Box
Folder
1 28 War on Glacier River (Ravenhill) 2
Box
Folder
1 29 Robert Ormond Case
Box
Folder
1 30 Miscellaneous Manuscripts
Box
Folder
1 31 "And One Loved Dogs"
Box
Folder
1 32 "Any Tax You Can Pay, Truman Can Spend it Faster"
Box
Folder
1 33 "Arctic Justice"
Box
Folder
1 34 "Between Friends"
Box
Folder
1 35 "Big Timber"
Box
Folder
1 36 "Big Timber Gets Religion"
Box
Folder
1 37 "Black Hollander"
Box
Folder
1 38 "Bootleg Gold"
Box
Folder
1 39 "The Boy From Willapa"
Box
Folder
1 40 "Brush-off"
Box
Folder
1 41 "Buccaneer of the Barrens"
Box
Folder
2 1 "Burned Matches"
Box
Folder
2 2 "Christmas at Whitman's Mansion"
Box
Folder
2 3 "Corpses Can't Eat Flapjacks"
Box
Folder
2 4 "A Dash of Sentiment"
Box
Folder
2 5 "Direct Hits"
Box
Folder
2 6 "The Eighth World Wonder"
Box
Folder
2 7 "Expert Witness"
Box
Folder
2 8 "Fifth in Command"
Box
Folder
2 9 "Fortitude"
Box
Folder
2 10 "The Golden Hills"
Box
Folder
2 11 "Golden Portage"
Box
Folder
2 12 "The Golden Shadow"
Box
Folder
2 13 "Go Northwest, Soldier"
Box
Folder
2 14 "He Shot the Colorado Alone"
Box
Folder
2 15 "The High Climber"
Box
Folder
2 16 "Hired Hand"
Box
Folder
2 17 "Home on the Ranch"
Box
Folder
2 18 "I Am Against the New Deal"
Box
Folder
2 19 "Iron Woman"
Box
Folder
2 20 "Joe's War"
Box
Folder
2 21 "The King Sleeps"
Box
Folder
2 22 "Lost and Found"
Box
Folder
2 23 "Man-killer"
Box
Folder
2 24 "Mighty Horizon"
Box
Folder
2 25 "Morale"
Box
Folder
2 26 "Mortgage Man"
Box
Folder
2 27 "The Ninety and Nine"
Box
Folder
2 28 "North West Empire"
Box
Folder
2 29 "Northwest's New Big Dams Prove Private Power Can Build 'em too"
Box
Folder
2 30 "Not For Millions"
Box
Folder
2 31 "Oregon Wonderland"
Box
Folder
2 32 "Path of Empire"
Box
Folder
2 33 "Pattern of Destiny"
Box
Folder
2 34 "Romances of Industry - Oregon Wool"
Box
Folder
2 35 "The Secret of Glacier River"
Box
Folder
2 36 "Stable Boy"
Box
Folder
2 37 "Treasure of the Athabaska"
Box
Folder
2 38 "Trouble at Midas Creek"
Box
Folder
2 39 "Understanding Sea"
Box
Folder
2 40 "Viking Valley"
Box
Folder
2 41 "Who's Behind the CVA Propaganda Drive?"
Box
Folder
2 42 "Wings North"
Box
Folder
2 43 "Wolves Preferred"
Box
Folder
2 44 "A Tangled Buckaroo"
Box
Folder
2 45 "Buckaroos and Beef"
Box
Folder
2 46 "Dynamite's Gentile Ways"
Box
Folder
2 47 "Fence Across the Canyon"
Box
Folder
2 48 "Five-Minute Outlaw"
Box
Folder
2 49 "A Flurry in Fuzztails"
Box
Folder
2 50 "Fought and Paid For"
Box
Folder
2 51 "Fought and Paid for"
Box
Folder
2 52 "The Silver Concha"
Box
Folder
2 53 "Motor Mavericks"
Box
Folder
2 54 "Exit Star Cross"
Box
Folder
2 55 "The Rider From Hell"
Box
Folder
2 56 "Riding Luck"
Box
Folder
2 57 "Sheriff's Choice"
Box
Folder
2 58 "The Tailor-Made Wrangler"
Box
Folder
2 59 "A Tangled Buckaroo"
Box
Folder
2 60 "Suicide Trail"
Box
Folder
2 61 "Suicide Trail"
Box
Folder
2 62 "Unwilling Outlaw"
Box
Folder
2 63 "The Widow Smiles on Windy"
Box
Folder
2 64 "Winded Bandits"
Box
Folder
2 65 "Windy DeLong --- Diplomat"
Box
Folder
2 66 "Windy Rides 'em Rough"
Box
Folder
2 67 "Windy's Overgrown Pet"
Box
Folder
2 68 "When Pete Used his Bean"
Box
Folder
2 69 Professional Correspondence Sent 1900-1955
Box
Folder
2 70 Professional Correspondence Sent 1956
Box
Folder
2 71 Professional Correspondence Sent 1957
Box
Folder
2 72 Professional Correspondence Sent 1958
Box
Folder
2 73 Professional Correspondence Sent 1959
Box
Folder
2 74 Professional Correspondence Sent 1960
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2 75 Professional Correspondence Sent 1961
Box
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2 76 Professional Correspondence Sent 1962
Box
Folder
2 77 Professional Correspondence Sent 1963
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Folder
2 78 Professional Correspondence Sent 1964
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Folder
2 79 Professional Correspondence Sent, Fan letters
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3 1 Professional Correspondence Received "A"
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3 2 Professional Correspondence Received "B"
Box
Folder
3 3 Professional Correspondence Received - Belding
Box
Folder
3 4 Professional Correspondence Received - Brown
Box
Folder
3 5 Professional Correspondence Received - Buisseret
Box
Folder
3 6 Professional Correspondence Received "C"
Box
Folder
3 7 Professional Correspondence Received - Church
Box
Folder
3 8 Professional Correspondence Received - Council on Foreign Relations
Box
Folder
3 9 Professional Correspondence Received "D"
Box
Folder
3 10 Professional Correspondence Received "E"
Box
Folder
3 11 Professional Correspondence Received - Epperson
Box
Folder
3 12 Professional Correspondence Received - Etulain
Box
Folder
3 13 Professional Correspondence Received - Fan Mail
Box
Folder
3 14 Professional Correspondence Received - Farrell
Box
Folder
3 15 Professional Correspondence Received "G"
Box
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3 16 Professional Correspondence Received - Gilbert
Box
Folder
3 17 Professional Correspondence Received "H"
Box
Folder
3 18 Professional Correspondence Received - Hawkins
Box
Folder
3 19 Professional Correspondence Received - Holman
Box
Folder
3 20 Professional Correspondence Received - Horsfields
Box
Folder
3 21 Professional Correspondence Received - Hough
Box
Folder
3 22 Professional Correspondence Received - Hoyt
Box
Folder
3 23 Professional Correspondence Received "J"
Box
Folder
3 24 Professional Correspondence Received - Jackman, Cecil
Box
Folder
3 25 Professional Correspondence Received "K"
Box
Folder
3 26 Professional Correspondence Received "L"
Box
Folder
3 27 Professional Correspondence Received "M"
Box
Folder
3 28 Professional Correspondence Received - Maris
Box
Folder
3 29 Professional Correspondence Received - Marshall
Box
Folder
3 30 Professional Correspondence Received - Morrison
Box
Folder
3 31 Professional Correspondence Received "N"
Box
Folder
3 32 Professional Correspondence Received - Neff
Box
Folder
3 33 Professional Correspondence Received - Newton
Box
Folder
3 34 Professional Correspondence Received - Nims
Box
Folder
3 35 Professional Correspondence Received "O"
Box
Folder
3 36 Professional Correspondence Received - Penny
Box
Folder
3 37 Professional Correspondence Received - Pierce
Box
Folder
3 38 Professional Correspondence Received "R"
Box
Folder
3 39 Professional Correspondence Received "S"
Box
Folder
3 40 Professional Correspondence Received - Scearce
Box
Folder
3 41 Professional Correspondence Received - Steinle
Box
Folder
3 42 Professional Correspondence Received - Stoddard
Box
Folder
3 43 Professional Correspondence Received - Stowe
Box
Folder
3 44 Professional Correspondence Received "T"
Box
Folder
3 45 Professional Correspondence Received - Thacher
Box
Folder
3 46 Professional Correspondence Received - Thompson
Box
Folder
3 47 Professional Correspondence Received - Unander
Box
Folder
3 48 Professional Correspondence Received "W"
Box
Folder
3 49 Professional Correspondence Received "XYZ"
Box
Folder
3 50 Max Coleman correspondence
Box
Folder
3 51 Robert Ormond Case to Brandt and Brandt #1
Box
Folder
3 52 Robert Ormond Case to Brandt and Brandt #2
Box
Folder
3 53 Robert Ormond Case to Brandt and Brandt #3
Box
Folder
3 54 Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Carbons 1935-1948
Box
Folder
3 55 Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Carbons 1949-1952
Box
Folder
3 56 Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Originals 1953-1964
Box
Folder
3 57 Brandt and Brandt to Robert Ormond Case - Carbons 1953-1959
Box
Folder
3 58 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1941-1945
Box
Folder
3 59 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1935-1938
Box
Folder
3 60 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1938-1940
Box
Folder
3 61 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1946-1950
Box
Folder
3 62 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1951-1954
Box
Folder
3 63 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1948
Box
Folder
3 64 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1949
Box
Folder
3 65 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1950
Box
Folder
3 66 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1951
Box
Folder
3 67 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1952
Box
Folder
3 68 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1953
Box
Folder
3 69 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1954
Box
Folder
3 70 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1955
Box
Folder
3 71 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1956
Box
Folder
3 72 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1957
Box
Folder
3 73 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1958
Box
Folder
3 74 Brandt and Brandt - Business Files 1959
Box
Folder
4 1 Family Correspondence Sent 1900-1954
Box
Folder
4 2 Family Correspondence Sent 1955
Box
Folder
4 3 Family Correspondence Sent 1956
Box
Folder
4 4 Family Correspondence Sent 1957
Box
Folder
4 5 Family Correspondence Sent 1958
Box
Folder
4 6 Family Correspondence Sent 1959
Box
Folder
4 7 Family Correspondence Sent 1960
Box
Folder
4 8 Family Correspondence Sent 1961
Box
Folder
4 9 Family Correspondence Sent 1962
Box
Folder
4 10 Family Correspondence Sent 1963
Box
Folder
4 11 Family Correspondence Sent 1964
Box
Folder
4 12 Family Correspondence Received - Case, James
Box
Folder
4 13 Family Correspondence Received - Owen, Patricia Case
Box
Folder
4 14 Family Correspondence Received - Children
Box
Folder
4 15 Family Correspondence Received - Foster, Anne Case
Box
Folder
4 16 Family Correspondence Received - Case, Robert Ormond, Jr.
Box
Folder
4 17 Family Correspondence Received - Lowe, Lillian Case
Box
Folder
4 18 Family Correspondence Received - Robertson, Bertha Case
Box
Folder
4 19 Family Correspondence Received - Schoonover, Catherine Case
Box
Folder
4 20 Family Correspondence Received - Schoonover, Margaret
Box
Folder
4 21 Family Correspondence Received - Baldwin
Box
Folder
4 22 Family Correspondence Received - Case, Victoria
Box
Folder
4 23 Family Letters to Vivian Case
Box
Folder
4 24 Biographical Data
Box
Folder
4 25 Personal - Health
Box
Folder
4 26 Family History
Box
Folder
4 27 Divorce papers
Box
Folder
4 28 Newspaper Article on Case
Box
Folder
4 29 Correspondences - Unidentified Fragments
Box
Folder
4 30 Notebooks
Box
Folder
4 31 Magazine Stories, Articles - Tearsheets
Box
Folder
4 32 Book Reviews
Box
Folder
4 33 River of the West
Box
Folder
4 34 We Called it culture
Box
Folder
4 35 West of Barter River
Box
Folder
4 36 White Victory
Box
Folder
4 37 Whispering Valley
Box
Folder
4 38 Riders of the Grande Ronde
Box
Folder
4 39 The Empire Builders
Box
Folder
4 40 Golden Portage
Box
Folder
5 1 Always Eleven. Query, Book-length manuscript
Box
Folder
5 2 The Boro-Man. Synopsis, fragment, letter, Book-length manuscript
Box
Folder
5 3 A Brief Spiritual Guide. Original, Book-length manuscript
Box
Folder
5 4 A Brief Spiritual Guide, Ch.4-5, Book-length manuscript
Box
Folder
5 5 Mss. Stories and Articles. A-L
Box
Folder
5 6 Mss. Stories and Articles. M-W
Box
Folder
5 7 Mss. Screen Treatments
Box
Folder
5 8 Mss. Teleplays
Box
Folder
5 9 Tearsheets
Box
Folder
5 10 Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
5 11 Letters - Publishers, Agents 1955-1964

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Case, Robert Ormond, 1895-1964--Archives
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Western stories--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Western stories

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