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Ira Staggs papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 317

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, association records, personal business records, and personal records.

Correspondence is divided into incoming (1,074 letters, 1918-1966) and outgoing (671 letters, 1918-1964). Both sections are arranged chronologically. Major correspondents include J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, and Pacific Wool Growers, among others. The correspondence relates to the problems of wheat, cattle, and sheep ranching, and Staggs' relations with state and Federal committees and agencies related to agricultural affairs, such as the Agricultural Research Foundation, Farm Credit Administration, and U. S. Department of the Interior.

Manuscripts include speeches and editorials written by Staggs as well as carbons of manuscripts by others.

Association records are arranged alphabetically by organization name. Records include minutes, reports, and information sheets. The organizations are: Agricultural Research Foundation, American Society of Range Management, Baker County Chamber of Commerce, Basche-Duncan Ditch Company, Oregon State Public Welfare Commission, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and Water Users of Lower Powder.

Personal business records include ledgers, financial statements (including taxes), and legal documents.

Personal records consist of Staggs's diaries (1946-1947, 1950-1955, and 1957-1966) and travel journals. A travel journal from 1949 describes Staggs's trip to Miami, Florida, and Cuba. There is also a folder of memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1918-1966


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

Ira Dwight Staggs (1888-1973) farmed and raised livestock near Baker City, Oregon.


2 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Ira D. Staggs (1888-1973) farmed and raised livestock near Baker City, Oregon. The collection consists of correspondence and documentation primarily concerned with Staggs' life as a rancher.


Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Association Records, Personal Business Records, and Personal Records.

Other Finding Aids

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

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 organization and rehousing.

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

Guide to the Ira Staggs Papers
Complete Description
Austin Munsell and Kira B. Homo.
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