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Oregon and California Advisory Board records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Bx 056

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, reports, research files, and minutes 1950-1961 from the files of Board member Frank Sinclair Sever.


  • 1950-1961


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

During the 1860s, the Oregon & California Railroad was granted over 3 million acres of public domain lands to aid in the construction of a railroad from Portland to the Oregon-California state line. In 1916, over 2 million acres—most of it valuable timberlands—were revested to the United States under administration of the United States General Land Office (GLO) because the railroad company failed to properly dispose of the lands. In 1937, the Oregon and California (O&C) Administration was established to administer the revested lands. In 1946, the GLO merged with the U.S. Grazing Service and the O&C Administration to create a new federal agency, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).



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

Language of Materials



The Oregon and California Advisory Board (O&C) dealt with the administration of revested land in Oregon. The collection contains correspondence, reports, research files, and minutes.


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.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to the Oregon and California Advisory Board at Special Collections and University Archives include: Charles McKinley papers, Ax 627.

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 to no organization and rehousing.

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

Oregon and California Advisory Board Records
Complete Description
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