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Floyd Cleveland Ramp papers

Identifier: Coll 189

Scope and Contents

The Floyd Cleveland Ramp papers consist of diaries and letterbooks; incoming letters; family correspondence; materials documenting his arrest, trial, and incarceration for espionage; Socialist and Communist Party materials; speeches; tapes; and broadsides. The diares are both descriprive and reflective. There are two segments of incoming letters: those more general in content are in chronological order, while others from friends, relatives, and fellow radical activists are arranged alphabetically by author. Correspondence between Ramp and his immediate family are also in chronological order. Materials that document Ramp's arrest under the espionage laws in effect during World War 1 constitute a separate series. Journal notes, letters to family members, and newspaper clippings chronicle his subsequent trial and incarceration. The Socialist Party materials contain pamphlets written by C.E.S. Wood, Eugene Debs, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Scott Nearing. Ramp's trip to Russia and involvement in the Communist Party is documented in his letters to his family, in diary entries, and in collected literature and reports. Supplementing the collection of his speeches and notes is also a collection of photographs of Russia. There are cassette tapes of interviews with Ramp and others made by Phil Kessinger in 1967. Lastly the collection contains broadsides consisting of announcements for Communist, Socialist, and Populist political party rallies and speaking engagements.


  • 1874-1973


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

Floyd Cleveland Ramp was born in 1883 in Brooks, Oregon. Ramp graduated from the State University of Eugene, now the University of Oregon, in 1908. The occasion of the Socialist Party nominee for U.S. President traveling through Oregon sparked an interest in socialism and radicalism in Ramp, and Ramp traveled to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to attend law school. As Ramp's socialism and radicalism increased, Ramp made the transition to Kent College of Law and joined the Cook County Socialist Party. In spring 1910, Ramp returned to Oregon and joined the Oregon Socialist Party in the company of his father, Benjamin Ramp. In December 1914, Ramp married fellow socialist Elsa Unterman. Ramp held a staunch position against war, and in September 1917 was arrested in Roseburg, Oreogn, for criticism of the United States' involvement in World War I under the Espionage Act, and then released December 1919. He served a total of eighteen months at Leavenworth. Following imprisonment at Leavenworth, Ramp traveled to Russia where he met Lenin and provided services for the Bolshevik forces. He participated in an inspection tour of Children's Homes and managed a collective farm. Ramp returned to Chicago, and ultimately Oregon, in 1923, where he remained active in the Commmunist Party. Ramp died in 1973.


4.5 linear feet (10 containers) : 9 manuscript boxes, 1 folder

Language of Materials



Floyd Cleveland Ramp was a member of Socialist and Communist Parties in the United States and Russia in the 1900's as a college student and an adult. The collection consists of diaries and letterbooks; incoming letters; family correspondence; materials documenting his arrest, trial, and incarceration for espionage; Socialist and Communist Party materials; speeches; tapes; and broadsides.


The collection is arranged into ten series: Series 1. Diaries/Journals, 1904-1922, Series 2. Incoming letters, general, 1900-1962, Series 3. Incoming letters by person, 1903-1930, Series 4. Family correspondence, 1874-1950, Series 5. Arrest, trial, and incarceration, Series 6. Socialist Party, Series 7. Communist Party, Series 8. Speeches and notes, 1903-1946, Series 9. Tapes, Series 10. Broadsides.

Processing Information

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Guide to the Floyd Cleveland Ramp Papers
Preliminary Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team. Revisions by Alexandra Mueller.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA