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Loyal M. Graham papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 040

Scope and Contents

The collection contains political correspondence, legal briefs, diaries and journals, scrapbook pages and speeches.

The bulk of the collection consists of political correspondence concerning Graham's election campaigns, the nation's first gas tax that Graham introduced, the Wilson River Hwy, and the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce.


  • 1889-1940


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

Loyal M. Graham (1860-1961) was born in Butler, Pennsylvania and died in Forest Grove, Oregon at the age of 101. He was an attorney and legislator in Nebraska and in Oregon. In 1919, as a Republican state legislator of Oregon, Graham introduced the nation's first gasoline tax "in an attempt to improve Oregon’s roads and obtain financing for highway construction."

Sources: Oregon Department of Transportation website:


2 linear feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



Loyal M. Graham (1860-1961) was an attorney and legislator, and in 1919 as an Oregon state legislator he introduced the nation's first gasoline tax. The collection contains political correspondence, legal briefs, diaries and journals, scrapbook pages and speeches.


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.

Physical Description

3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

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.

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

Guide to the Loyal M. Graham Papers
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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