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Henry M. Hanzen papers

Identifier: Ax 507

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a manuscript chronicling the political history of Oregon from 1900-1960, titled "Power," political campaign files of (Oregon Governor) Julius Meier and other Oregon politicians, correspondence files of the Oregon State Budget Director, business and legal records concerning Press Publishing Co., and Willamette Publishing Co., personal correspondence, subject files, legal files and scrapbooks.

The 447-page manuscript of "Power," includes original and revised versions.

Campaign correspondence and documents include the George Joseph campaign (1930), Julius Meier campaign (1930), Rufus Holman campaign (1943-1944), and William Langley campaign (1954).

Hanzen served as Oregon state budget director from 1931-1934 and his correspondence files are included (about 300 letters).

Personal correspondence files include a general file, Charles L. McNary (1917-1944) and Wayne L. Morse (1946-1959) correspondence.

Subject files include business records and legal documents concerning the Press Publishing Co., of Salem, Oregon, and the Willamette Publishing Co., of Portland, Oregon, files on Bonneville Administration (1941-1946), Citizens Against Commercialized Gambling (1952), Weem case documents that relate to the "Joseph-Rand controversy," and political literature that includes cards, pamphlets and broadsides.

Legal files include Rand vs. Oregonian, and the Ruth Barnett case.

There are also five volumes of scrapbooks containing clippings, two of which relate to the career of his wife, Hannah Hanzen (née Martin).


  • 1917-1960


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

Henry M. Hanzen (1879-1967) was born in Genesee, Idaho, and educated at the University of Idaho. He was a newspaper reporter in Idaho and Oregon, and had a financial and editorial interest in several Oregon newspapers.

In 1930, he managed the election campaign for Julius Meier (an independent candidate for Governor of Oregon), and was appointed budget director under Governor Meier. He was also campaign manager for Rufus Holman in the 1944 senatorial primary campaign.

He married Hannah Martin on January 22, 1942. She practiced law, a municipal judge, was the city recorder for Salem, and served as a representative of Marion County in the state legislature.


3 linear feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



Henry M. Hanzen (1879-1967) was a newspaper reporter, attorney, and Oregon political manager. The collection (1917-1960) contains a manuscript chronicling the political history of Oregon from 1900-1960, titled "Power," campaign files of Oregon politicians, Oregon State Budget Director correspondence, Press Publishing Co., and Willamette Publishing Co. files, personal correspondence, legal files and scrapbooks.


Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscript, Campaign files, Correspondence files, Subject files, Legal files, and Scrapbooks.

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials

Related Materials

Hannah Martin legislative correspondence (Ax 671)

Physical Description

1 record storage box, 2 flat boxes, 1 legal 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 organization and rehousing.

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

Guide to the Henry M. Hanzen Papers
Complete Description
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