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Bower Aly papers

Identifier: Ax 781

Scope and Contents

The majority of records in this collection, dated 1815-1900, document speeches given by Unites States senators and congressmen. Records include transcripts of state of the union addresses and transcripts of speeches regarding numerous topics including bank reform, tariffs, and American coinage.

Subject files includes teaching files on public addresses and rhetoric, research materials, and correspondence.

The collection also contains several publications incuding, Rhetoric: Its Natural Enemies, An Inventory of the Library of Congress Collection of Texts of American Speeches and James Love: A Critical Study of the Life and Career of an Early Missouri Schoolmaster>.


  • circa 1903-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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.

Biographical / Historical

Bower Aly was born in 1903 in the state of Missouri. Aly graduated from Southeast Missouri State College with a baccalaureate degree in 1925 before moving on to Missouri State University (1926) and Columbia University (1941) where he received a master’s and Doctoral degree (Regular). Aly Later spent time at Southeast Missouri State (1926-1930) and Missouri State University (1930-1957) as a member of the teaching faculty before undertaking a short stint as a visiting professor at Columbia University. Finally, in 1957, Aly was offered a position at the University of Oregon which he held until retirement in 1973 (Regular). Throughout his career, Aly became an established scholar in the area and history of American Public Address and served on numerous councils, such as The Speech Communication Association, the President's Advisory Council and President of the Friends of the Library (Regular). He also authored and co-authored numerous books, including American Short Speeches: An Anthology and The Rhetoric of Alexander Hamilton.

“Regular Meeting of the Faculty University of Oregon.” Assembly 1977-1978, 10 July 2004.


9 linear feet (18 containers) : 18 manuscript boxes

93 Unprocessed linear feet (62 containers) : 62 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Bower Aly (1903-1977) was a professor of rhetoric in the Department of Speech at the University of Oregon from 1953 to 1973, and a scholar of the history of American public address. This collection includes speech transcripts, teaching files, research materials, correspondence, and publications.


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Speeches; Series II: Subject files; Series III: Publications.

Processing Information

Collection originally processed in 2010. Collection physically reprocessed and inventoried by Anna Fleming in 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA