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Joseph Kehoe papers

Identifier: Ax 396

Scope and Contents note

The Joseph Kehoe Papers are contained in 2 manuscript boxes. The papers consist of personal diaries in the first box spanning 1944 to 1955. The second box contains case notes and correspondence. The case notes are from 1944-1950 when Kehoe was a District Judge. The major correspondents include Harry P. Chandler, Rev. Jules M. Convert, S.J. and E.L. Bartlett and Ernest Gruening. The correspondence with Rev. Convert concerns unionization of the salmon canneries at St. Michael.

The journals are arranged in numbering starting from the right side and going back then continuing on the left side. The personal correspondence and case notes are arranged with the case notes in bound volumes, folders of correspondence and bound pamphlets. The collection was microfilmed in March of 1987.


  • 1944-1955


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.

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

Joseph W. Kehoe was born in Portland, Oregon in 1890. He attended the University of Oregon School of Law and became an attorney in Portland. In 1919, he moved to Alaska and practiced law in Juneau. From 1924 to 1929, Kehoe was a United States Commissioner at Ketichikan. He also became a member of the Territorial Legislature in 1933 as well as 1943. While in Alaska from 1933-1943, he was a U.S. District Attorney, Third Division. Other prominent positions include: Special Assistant, U.S. Attorney General from 1943-1944; a U.S. District Judge, Second Division in Alaska form 1944 to 1951 and Secretary of Alaska from 1951 to 1952. Kehoe died in 1959.


1 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the personal journals, correspondence, and case notes of Joseph Kehoe, a lawyer in Alaska.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following two series: Journals; Correspondence and case notes.

Existence and Location of Copies note

The collection was microfilmed in March 1987.

General Physical Description note

2 containers

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.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA