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William H. Hammond papers

Identifier: Coll 462

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, memorabilia and photographs documenting William H. Hammond’s military service, his public service and business interests, and his colleagues.

The photographs series consists of 116 photographs and one album. An album compiles a history of his military career and people with whom he served, and other images from this period include official portraits with handwritten dedications to Hammond from Capt. Thomas L. Gatch, Maj. General White, and Adjutant for the State of Oregon, Thomas Rilea. From his work in Oregon government are posed photographs of Hammond and colleagues, and a series of official portraits with handwritten dedications to Hammond from Oregon statesmen and bureaucrats, including Secretary of State Hal Elden Hoss, Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell Jr., Gov. Earl Snell and Gov. John H. Hall. Hammond was active in the Salem, Oregon business community for many years and participated in fraternal organizations including the Kiwanis. Oregonian Douglas McKay, then US Secretary of the Interior, is depicted speaking in 1955 to his former lodgemates of the Salem Kiwanis. Many of the images in the collection are group shots showing Hammond speaking at meetings or attending conferences, sometimes goofing around with other men. Two images show a reunion of his college fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. An aerial image captures the stage at a 1940 campaign rally for Oregonian Charles McNary, who was running for vice president on the Wendell Willkie ticket. Hammond’s family appears rarely.


  • 1917-circa 1965


Conditions Governing Access note

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. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are restricted due to the fragility of the format. All decisions regarding use will be at the discretion of the curator for visual materials.

Conditions Governing Use note

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 note

William H. “Bill” Hammond was born April 6, 1908 and grew up in Oregon City, OR. From 1923-1930 he worked part time for the Morning Enterprise newspaper in Oregon City, selling ads and doing a variety of other work. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1930 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, studying journalism, pre-law and business. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. At the University he worked for the Daily Emerald as business manager, and maintained a lifelong interest in newspapers. In 1929 he spent the summer researching for Earl Bunting & Associates Marketing Counselors. Following graduation Hammond served as statistician and special assistant to the Oregon Secretary of State, Hal Elden Hoss.

In 1931 Hammond began working for the State of Oregon, managing the Driver’s License Division. He wrote the first manual adopted by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators on the subject of driver license examination procedure. From 1940-1946 he was on active military service, then resumed work at Driver’s License Division until 1947. That year Hammond became Administrator of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, supervising 500 employees, following the policies set by commissioners. In 1951 he became First Vice President of the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association. Hammond left public service in 1951 and became a businessman, working for Union Security and Commonwealth, Inc., managing properties and mortgage loan activities. He later moved to Washington State.

His military career began in 1937 at Fort Lewis, WA. In 1940 he was at Fort Ord, CA with the 3rd Division. In 1941 he was back at Fort Lewis, attended training school at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and went on maneuvers at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA with the 41st Division. In 1943 he served in Alaska, with Kermit Roosevelt. When the Western Defense Command was established at the Presidio, under General De Witt, Hammond was there serving as a staff officer. Other military colleagues included the Adjutant of the State of Oregon, Thomas E. Rilea; Gen. Sweeney and Gen. White.

Bill Hammond was active in several organizations including the Oregon Dads, Salem Chamber of Commerce, North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, Salem United Fund, American Legion, Elks, and Alpha Delta Sigma. He was extremely active in the Kiwanis, serving as president of the Salem club and Lt. Governor of the Pacific Northwest region.

Hammond retired to Olympia, Washington, where he passed away on November 19, 2001. Hammond was married and had a daughter born in 1937.


8.5 linear feet (11 containers) : 3 record storage boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize flat box, 4 photo boxes, 1 oversize portfolio

Language of Materials



William H. Hammond (1908-2001) served in the military during World War II and in state agencies in Oregon for much of his career. He was active in fraternal organizations including the Kiwanis. The collection consists of documentation of Hammond's career and colleagues.


Collection is organized into the following series:

1. Papers 2. Photographs

Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Phil Wikelund in 2006.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Normandy S. Helmer, 2007 September. Additional processing by staff, 2015.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the William H. Hammond Photographs
Complete Description
Normandy Helmer and Austin Munsell
2010; 2015
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