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Ralph Reynolds Cronise papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 578

Scope and Contents

The correspondence is the largest part of the collection, with approximately 1700 letters.

Cronise's newspaper career is reflected in letters concerning his activities as President of the State Editorial Association, his business arrangements with advertising agencies, the paper shortage and concurrent problems of paper importation (late 1940s), a special 91st edition of the Democrat-Herald, and the sale of the Democrat-Herald in the late 1950s.

A large portion of the correspondence reflects Cronise's civic interests such as the sale and management of KWIL radio station, senate and congressional campaigns of the 1950s, a new Linn County Courthouse, Albany College, and the Naval hospital. The correspondence is separated into incoming, which is organized alphabetically by name or title, and outgoing, which is organized by date (1925-1961).

The collection also contains business and civic organization files organized by title, photographs and five business ledgers.


  • Creation: 1918-1962


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

Ralph Reynolds Cronise (1886-1962) was a prominent business owner and civic leader in Albany, Oregon, from the early 1900s until his death in 1962. He purchased (with William L. Jackson) the Albany Democrat in 1919, and in 1925 bought its competitor, the Albany Herald. The new newspaper was named the Democrat-Herald. Cronise was also involved with KWIL radio station, the Albany Holding Company, and the Lebanon T-V Distributing Corporation. His civic interests ranged widely and he appeared untiring in his efforts to effect constructive change in Albany.


3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Ralph Reynolds Cronise (1886-1962) was a newspaper owner and civic leader in Albany, Oregon. The collection consists of correspondence, business and civic files, photographs and ledgers.

Other Finding Aids

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

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1964.

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

Guide to the Ralph Reynolds Cronise Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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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