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Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs records

Identifier: Bx 123

Scope and Contents

The first of the seven series is the Membership Files. In these files, individual folders of individual clubs can be found. There are also folders representing the clubs who withdrew membership. The end of this series contains various folders concerning the membership of the Federation, including member lists, miscellaneous correspondence, and member applications. A folder concerning correspondence concerning the formation of various committees in the organization completes the series.

The second series is the Federation Minutes and Resolutions. This series is divided by year and contains correspondence in the same folders as the minutes or resolutions. The dates spanning this series are from 1937 to 1952.

The third series is Convention Materials. The Federation annually held conventions as a way for the various member clubs to get together and discuss issues. This series primarily focuses on the 1952 convention and contains the minutes, miscellaneous correspondence, programs and a guest book. The guest book spans the conventions from 1932 to 1952.

The fourth, fifth and sixth series all contain the records and correspondence of Federation officers. The individual series are divided into Subseries of each individual officer. The fourth series contains the Editor's Files, the fifth series is the Secretary-treasurer's Files, and the sixth series is the President's Files. The contents of these series are primarily correspondence with other officers, member clubs and specific issue related material. The sixth series also contain two miscellaneous correspondences of the vice-presidents of the Federation.

The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs Records is not very organized at the folder level. Either date or subject loosely arranges the papers. The president’s files are not arranged or extensively processed as they can be found in the original folders in which the collection was received.


  • 1931-2009


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Biographical / Historical

The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs was first proposed in November of 1931, and formally organized in Portland, Oregon on May 1, 1932 as the Western Federation of Outdoor Clubs. It is a loosely organized combination of outing clubs, most of them in the Pacific Northwest and California.

Through the years, the Federation has helped expand systems to protect nature. Its agents and members helped secure passage of the Wilderness Act. The various clubs made important contributions to the establishment of the North Cascades National Park and to the establishment of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington State, as well as to the establishment of various wilderness areas in the national forests of Oregon and California. In recent years, the Federation lent its help to the establishment of a national monument in the Sierra Nevada Range to protect the remainder of the Giant Sequoias.


19.5 linear feet (13 containers (13 record storage boxes))

4.5 Unprocessed linear feet (3 containers) : 3 Record Storage Boxes

Language of Materials



The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs is a loosely organized combination of outing clubs which as founded in 1932. This collection contains the general and officer records, correspondence, minutes and resolutions of the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs. It is divided in to seven series and is contained in thirteen boxes.


Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Membership Records; Series II. Federation Minutes and Resolutions; Series III. Convention Materials; Series IV. Editor's Files; Series V. Secretary-treasurer Files; Series VI. President's Files; Series VII. General Federation Records. Series are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically.

Physical Description

13 record storage boxes

Guide to the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs Records
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Finding aid prepared by Jenny Palm. Edited by Emily Haskins.
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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA