James J. James, also know as Jimmy James and George N. James, was born in Kansas. Around 1953, while living in Portland, Oregon, he started a letter-writing campaign to improve the status and condition of the American Indian. He wrote to numerous letters to public officials, Indian leaders, tribal councils, writers, and private citizens. The collection consists mainly of correspondence concerning Indian rights. Major correspondents are Anselm Forum, Inc., Wilson Charley, Frank Lafont, Alzamon Ira Lucas (Chief Rising Sun), Martha F. McKeown, Wayne L. Morse, and Richard Neuberger.
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James J. James, also know as Jimmy James and George N. James, was born in Kansas. He claimed to be part Cherokee Indian, and to have studied art under several teachers and at the Chicago Art Institute. At various times he called himself the “Painter of the Columbia” and “Indian Press Agent.” From about 1953, when he was living in Portland, Oregon, he commenced a letter-writing campaign to improve the status and condition of the American Indian. To that end, he wrote to public officials, Indian leaders, tribal councils, writers, and private citizens.
The papers consist mainly of letters received and sent concerning Indian rights. Major correspondents are Anselm Forum, Inc., Charley Wilson, Frank Lafont, Alzamon Ira Lucas (Chief Rising Sun), Martha F. McKeown, Wayne L. Morse, and Richard Neuberger. One file of correspondence and documents concerns the proposed Northwestern American Indian Foundation and Center, Inc. Printed material consists of files of Indian newspapers, including
Cherokee Times (Cherokee, N. C.), 1961-1966;
Independent American (Coulee Dam, Washington), 1958-1964;
Smoke Signals (Parker, Arizona), 1961-1966;
Ute Bulletin (Ft. Duchesne, Utah), 1961-1964; and
Yakima Reservation News (Yakima, Washington), 1961-1966.
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Preferred Citation :
[Identification of item], James J. James Papers, Ax 553, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Collection is organized into the following series: Incoming Major Correspondence; Incoming General Correspondence; Outgoing Correspondence, 1941-1967; Subject Files; and Native American Newspapers and Periodicals.
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Detailed Description of the Collection
Incoming Major correspondence
Anselm Forum Inc. I
Anselm Forum Inc. II. Miscellany
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Carson, Joseph K., Jr.
Crockwell, J. D. M.
Hall Brothers, Inc.
Hatfield, Mark O.
Indian Festival of Arts, Inc.
James Jimmie. Biographical materials
Lafont, Frank and Margaret
McKeown, Martha Ferguson
Magnuson, Warren G.
Northwestern Indian Foundation and Center, Inc.
Oregon. State agencies and offices
Petit, Paul and Mary
Portland, Oregon. City agencies and offices
Rising Sun, Chief. Alzamon Ira Lucas
See also Anselm Forum
United States. Federal agencies and offices
U. S. Dept. of the Interior. Bureau of Indian Affairs