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James Weaver papers

Identifier: Coll 321

Scope and Contents

This collection represents Jim Weaver's work as a U.S. Representative in the United States Congress. The collection is organized into series based on when the boxes were shipped to Oregon from Washington, D.C. This finding aid is a preliminary list of the collection, which is currently unprocessed. The researcher should note that several boxes of materials were removed from the collection upon receipt by the library. These removed materials were government documents.

The collection includes correspondence, subject files, constituent mail, and House resolutions.


  • 1970s-1980s


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

James “Jim” Weaver was born in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota on August 8, 1927. He served in World War II in the Pacific, and later moved to Oregon in 1947 to attend the University of Oregon. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952.

Weaver has worked in the publishing industry, for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and in real estate.

In 1974, Weaver was elected to Oregon’s 4th congressional district, defeating Republican incumbent John R. Dellenback. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six terms. During his time in Congress, Weaver opposed the Vietnam War, supported environmental issues, and opposed the construction and use of nuclear power plants in the Northwest.

A trail around Waldo Lake in the Oregon Cascade Mountains was named after Weaver in 2008.

Jim Weaver lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Sources: Wikipedia article, “Jim Weaver (Oregon politician),”, October 13, 2009. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, October 15, 2009.


358.5 linear feet (239 containers)

Language of Materials



James Howard "Jim" Weaver (August 8, 1927- ) was a U.S. Congressman for Oregon's 4th congressional district. He served six terms in the House. The collection represents records produced by Weaver and his congressional office during his service as a congressman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jim Weaver in 1986, 1987, and 1988.

Physical Description

231 containers

Processing Information

This collection is not fully processed; this finding aid is preliminary.

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the James Weaver Papers
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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA