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Oliver Hoyem papers

Identifier: Coll 046

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, manuscript material, labor, prison and housing subject files and publications, notebooks (journals), scrapbooks and photographs.

The correspondence series is arranged chronologically and by title, from 1915-1968, and largely concerns the projects Hoyem was working on. There is a small section of family correspondence regarding the family bakery and the mining industry in Ishpeming, Michigan, and a section of form letters from the National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor (NCPPL).

The manuscript series includes drafts and a published version of of Hoyem's book, "How to Do Business with the U.S. Government," drafts and copies of articles, essays and speeches by Hoyem, lecture material from the courses Hoyem taught at Georgetown University and overseas in Turkey and Thailand, manuscripts by others (mainly labor related), and class material from Hoyem's time as a student at Columbia University. Manuscript material is organized by title of work and multiple titles may be housed in one folder.

This series also contains files on the National Committee on Prisons and Labor (including research material on early prison reform measures), U.S. Operations Mission (USOM), labor, housing and other subject files from Hoyem's years consulting with labor groups and housing organizations. The labor files are organized largely by agency.

The series containing printed matter includes press releases and articles by Hoyem, issues of Chester Wright's Labor Letter (1934-1948) for which Hoyem was the vice president and editor for thirteen years, the National Industrial Administration Proceedings (1933-1934), and other labor, housing, and prison related newsletters, memos and publications. This section is organized by title of work or agency.

The photograph series contains photographs taken by Hoyem when travelling or working in Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia and from Hoyem's time as a student at Columbia. Subjects include prisons, POWs, Samuel Gompers and labor related subjects. Also included here is a leather book titled "School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Columbia University," containing typed pages and some photographs.

Also included in the collection are notebooks (journals by Hoyem, 1957-1961), scrapbooks, Columbia yearbooks, and published books.


  • 1905-1965


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

Oliver Hoyem (1891-1965) was born in Ishpeming, Michigan, and educated at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He provided consultant services to labor, prison and housing leaders, agencies and organizations such as Samuel Gompers, the National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, and the American Federation of Labor.

From 1934 to 1947 he was editor of Chester Wright's Labor Letter. Hoyem also produced digests of the proceedings of American Federation of Labor conventions, 1935-1947, and Congress of Industrial Organization conventions, 1940-1947. He was labor adviser to the governments of Thailand and Turkey for the Economic Cooperation Administration from 1951 until he retired in 1962. He died on February 8, 1965.


21 linear feet (38 containers)

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Oliver Hoyem (1891-1965) was a journalist and author who investigated and worked as a consultant to labor and prison agencies and organizations. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscript material, labor, prison and housing subject files and publications, notebooks/scrapbooks and photographs.


Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Book Material, Manuscripts, Manuscripts by Other Authors, Lectures, Columbia University, National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor, Labor, United States Operations Mission, Housing, Subject Files, Miscellaneous, Printed Matter, Tearsheets, Notebooks (Journals), Yearbooks, Volumes, and Photographs.

Physical Description

31 clamshell boxes, 4 record storage boxes; Photo boxes - 2 small boxes, 1 clamshell

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sean McGukin, 1983; photographs processed by Megan Dazey.

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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