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Patrick J. Gallagher papers

Identifier: Ax 301

Scope and Contents

The collection contains case files, and political and personal correspondence. Case files span the entirety of Gallagher's career and represent the work he did on a variety of issues, from water rights to appeals to criminal acts. Many of the files are related to Oregon and Idaho businesses and people in relation to water use in Eastern Oregon.

Also included in this collection is material related to Gallagher's political career with the Oregon state legislature. In this capacity he represented Eastern Oregon in 1919 and in 1921. The bulk of the material here, however, is from work he did on the national scene after leaving the legislature, and includes political campaign material for Thomas Dewey's run for president in 1944 and 1948. Gallagher served as a delegate and did local work for the campaign in both years.

Gallagher's personal files are primarily made up of correspondence to and from family and friends, particularly his son Martin Gallagher, who worked as a lawyer first in Portland and later in Seattle. Gallagher also kept a scrapbook with newspaper clippings, as well as poetry and copies of speeches.


  • Creation: 1913-1958

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

Patrick Joseph Gallagher was born in 1884 and came to Oregon in 1913. He settled in Bend with the intention of practicing law but moved shortly thereafter to Ontario. He served in the Oregon state legislature as a representative from Eastern Oregon in 1919 and 1921, returning afterward to continue his law career. He practiced in both Ontario and Portland. Both his son, Martin Gallagher, and daughter were also lawyers. His daughter, Cecelia Galey, served on several state commissions, including the Commission on Industrial Accidents and the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, the first woman to hold such positions. She also served as circuit court judge and Sweet Home city attorney. Gallagher, who remained involved in his law practice and Oregon politics until his death, died from heart trouble in 1957 at age 72.


9 linear feet (6 containers) : 6 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Patrick Joseph Gallagher (1884-1957) practiced law in Ontario and Portland, Oregon. The collection contains case files, and political and personal correspondence.


Collection is organized into the following series: Case Files (arranged alphabetically by name of defendant), Political Files, Personal Files

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Martin P. Gallagher, 1966.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1967.

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

Additional processing occurred in June 2023.

Guide to the Patrick J. Gallagher Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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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