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J. William Terry papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 830

Scope and Contents

Collection contains editorial correspondence, manuscripts of books, short stories, articles, clippings, and other miscellaneous items.

Outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically, and incoming correspondence is arranged by name. Correspondents include Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society, Columbia, Free Public Library, Ohioana Library Association, Sylva, United Spanish War Veterans, and World Publishing Company.

There are manuscripts of eight books, including The Restless Breed, Yankee Outland, Don't Do It Again, and The Peace Maker.

There are also manuscripts of fifteen articles, including those with revisions in holograph form.

Short stories include "A Hobo's return," "Our Machine Made Culture," "Sans Sentiment," and "A Strange Chat."

Clippings include those regarding The Restless Breed,, and other books and authors.

Miscellaneous items include biographical materials, notebooks, contracts, pamphlets, and memorabilia (including press cards and stationary).


  • circa 1891-1966


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

J. William Terry (1895-1956) was a journalist, editor, columnist, and author. He spent sixteen years as national publicity director and editor for the League of Nations Association. He also worked five years as lecturer and circuit manager of the Radcliff Chautauquas.

Publications he worked for include the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the New York Times, the New York Sun and the Morning Call. He is also known for writing the books A Restless Breed,The Peacemaker, and They Were All Courageous.


3 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



J. William Terry (1895-1956) was a journalist, editor, columnist, and author. Collection contains editorial correspondence, manuscripts of books, short stories, articles, clippings, biographical material, notebooks, pamphlets, and memorabilia.


Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Short Story/Article Length, Clippings and Miscellany.

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

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

Physical Description

2 record storage boxes.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Gail McMillan, 1977.

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. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the J. William Terry Papers
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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