Guide to the John H. Carkin Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Carkin, John H.
Title: John H. Carkin papers
Dates: 1920-1960 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 22.5 linear feet (15 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 600
Summary: John H. Carkin (1883-1971) was a lawyer, served in the Oregon State Legislature, was Chairman of the Oregon Tax Commission, served in the rail transportation department, was president of a savings and loan, and was chief counsel for the Oregon PUC. The collection contains office documents, exhibits, testimony, publications, manuscripts, subject files, books, and correspondence.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

John H. Carkin (1883-1971) was born in Bangor, Maine and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business. He also earned his L.L.B from the University of North Dakota law school in 1908.

He was admitted to the Oregon bar in 1909, and worked in his own private law practice for over twenty years. He also served as City Attorney of Medford from 1921-1929, served in Oregon State Legislature from 1921-1929, and in 1927 was Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

He became chairman of the State Tax Commission in 1929 and remained for the next ten years. He was appointed by Oregon Governor Charles A. Sprague as director and counsel in the rail transportation department of the public utilities commissioner's office. He also served as chairman of Marion County Republican Central Committee.

Content Description

The collection contains office documents, exhibits, testimony, publications, manuscripts, subject files, books, and correspondence.

The collection contains material from Carkin's time during the 1920s when he served in the Oregon legislature, the 1930s when he was tax commissioner, from 1939-1954 when he was Chief Counsel for the Oregon PUC.

There are also publications and other documents covering his thirty-five years as director and president of the First Federal Savings and Loan and as chief counsel for the Savings and Loan League at the legislature.

In 1967 Carkin donated books, pamphlets and manuscripts relating to freighting, timber, education and taxation.

In 1971 his wife donated manuscripts, testimony, and supporting documents concerning the transportation history of Oregon.

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 and 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], John H. Carkin papers, Ax 600, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1972.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


  • Personal Names :
  • Carkin, John H.--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Lawyers--Oregon
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Savings and loan associations--Oregon
  • Taxation--Oregon
  • Transportation--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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