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John Dellenback papers

Identifier: Coll 288

Scope and Contents

The collection contains congressional records that include subject files, correspondence, reports and publications, speeches, news releases, as well as calendars, scrapbooks, photographs, 16mm film, and an oral history interview with Dellenback. The congressional material has been kept in its original order.

The 1975 original accession (183 boxes) contains subject files organized by year that include news releases and columns (1968-1972), files on public works projects, highways, public lands including the Oregon dunes and French Pete, education, health, and welfare files, energy and environmental files relating to oil, Jackson County transportation, veterans, correspondence and office files, foreign relations files, federal agency files, photographs, and radio tapes.

Accession 03.043.M contains more congressional files including speeches and news releases, as well as photographs, photo albums, scrapbooks, publications, class papers, newspapers, books, and artifacts. Photographs and albums include political rallies, Eugene in 1900, Dellenback's personal photos, political meetings, visits to Vietnam (some with captions), visits to South Korea (album), portraits, sports teams, 1930s-1940s prints, and autographed photos. Most of the photographs were removed from their original location for preservation reasons and are now stored separately.

Accession 05.011.M contains a transcript of an oral history interview with Dellenback conducted by the Oregon Historical Society (1992), pocket calendars (1977-1987), a photograph album of the dedication of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (1972). The photo album is located in box 195.

Accession 07.008.M contains five 16mm films.

Photographs and photo albums that were removed from the collection and stored separately for preservation reasons can be found in boxes 195; 197-199.


  • 1964-2000


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. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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

John Richard Dellenback (1918-2002) served in the Oregon State Legislature and as a Republican from Oregon in the U.S. Congress.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1918, Dellenback graduated from Yale University. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II (1942-1946), he attended Northwestern University School of Speech, 1946 and 1949. Dellenback received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949 and began teaching law at Oregon State College that same year.

Dellenback served as a delegate at the Republication National Conventions in 1964, 1968, and 1972. In 1960, he was elected to the Oregon State Legislature, and in 1966 was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing Oregon's 4th Congressional District. He wrote legislation to establish the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, worked to pass a bill that made pipeline permit-holders and shippers liable for oil spills, and supported federal Title IX legislation for equal opportunity for boys and girls in athletics.

Dellenback served four terms in the House and was defeated in the 1974 elections by Democrat Jim Weaver. Dellenback's defeat is largely attributed to the anti-Republican mood of the electorate in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

After leaving Congress, Dellenback was appointed by President Gerald Ford as associate director of the Peace Corps, where he served from 1975 to 1977. From 1977 to 1988, Dellenback was president of the Christian College Coalition (now called the Coalition for Christian Colleges & Universities).

Dellenbeck died on December 7, 2002, in Medford, Oregon.

Souce: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


288 linear feet (199 containers)

Language of Materials



John Richard Dellenback (1918-2002) served in the Oregon state legislature and represented southwest Oregon in the U.S. Congress (Republican), where he wrote the bill that established the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in 1972. The collection contains congressional records that include subject files, correspondence, reports and publications, speeches, news releases, as well as calendars, scrapbooks, photographs, 16mm film, and an oral history interview with Dellenback.


Collection is organized into the following series: 1975 Accession, 2003 Accession, and a 2005 Accession.

Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

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

Physical Description

188 record storage boxes, 7 flat boxes, 1 manuscript box, and 3 photoboxes.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1975-2007; and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

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.

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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team, Cassie Schmitt 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