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Joseph Benjamin Pate papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 790

Scope and Contents

The collection contains biographical files, photographs, a Philippine Constabulary officer list, diaries and mementoes.

There are a total of fifty-two diaries that make up the bulk of the collection. They are informative, covering Pate's youth and his years serving in the United States military. The collection contains diaries from 1908-1914; 1916-1918; 1927-1952; 1954-1964.


  • 1908-1964


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

Colonel Joseph Benjamin Pate (1879-1964) was born in Maryville, Tennessee and educated at Maryville College. He attended and graduated from the United States Infantry and Cavalry School and the Command and General Staff School, both in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College in Washington, D.C.

From 1906-1917 he was an officer with the Philippine Constabulary. During World War I he was an infantry major, 157th Infantry Division, 4th French Army.

Between 1936 and 1941 he was a military attaché in Central America, Venezuela and Columbia, and in 1941-1942 was senior member of the Neutral Military Observer Mission in connection with the Ecuador-Peru boundary dispute.


2 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Colonel Joseph Benjamin Pate (1879-1964) served in the Philippine Constabulary, WWI, and was assigned to South America from 1936-1942. The collection contains biographical files, photographs, a Philippine Constabulary officer list, diaries and mementoes, 1908-1964.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Information

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.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Joseph Benjamin Pate Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA