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Frederick Proehl papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 598

Scope and Contents

Correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing sections. Incoming letters are organized alphabetically by name, from 1943-1969. Outgoing letters are organized by date, 1943-1970.

There are also letters written by Proehl to the Constitutionalist newspaper, and speeches by him.

The collection also contains issues of the publication Money, by the Monetary Reform Committee (1947-1950).

There is also an unpublished Masters thesis by Walter A. Wildung, a grand-nephew of Proehl, titled "Greenback Party Activity, 1874-1961." The thesis contains edits and corrections.


  • 1943-1970


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

Frederick C. Proehl (1880-1970) was born in Minnesota. Shortly after the turn of the century he entered the banking business, and a few years later, he opened his own bank in Lincoln, Minnesota. In 1936, he was appointed a deputy bank examiner. In 1942, he left banking and became a clerk and time-keeper with Boeing in Seattle, Washington. He also owned a grocery store in Seattle.

Proehl was active in the Greenback Party, a political group which counted 200 dues paying members nationally in 1960. The party was primarily interested in money reform.

Proehl was nominated for the Presidency by his party in 1952 and 1956. Proehl ran his campaign from the back room of his neighborhood grocery store in Seattle. He garnered three votes in the 1956 election.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Frederick C. Proehl (1880-1970) was a banker, a grocer, worked for Boeing, and was a member of the Greenback political party, which nominated him for President in 1952 and 1956. The collection (1943-1970) contains correspondence, letters written to newspapers, speeches, a masters thesis regarding the Greenback Party by Proehl's grand-nephew, and publications of the Monetary Reform Committee.


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.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, September 1970.

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.

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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