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William M. Tugman papers

Identifier: Ax 607

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, speeches, biographical information, and also business records of the Port Umpqua Courier.

Correspondence is separated into three sections: outgoing correspondence organized by date (1938-1959), incoming correspondence organized by date (1942-1961), and correspondence organized alphabetically by organizational title or last name.

Subject files are organized alphabetically and include topics such as smut, Schofield Flood Control Project, and Margaret Hanson Murder Case. Subject files also include correspondence. Correspondence files include Wayne Morse, Douglas McKay, State Parks Advisory council, and Congressional Representative Edwin Durno.

Manuscripts include "Mr. Fuddle", and other fragments with revisions.

There are also files that contain speeches, biographical information, and business records of the Port Umpqua Courier.


  • 1938-1961


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

William M. "Bill" Tugman (1893-1961) was a reporter for the Ohio newspaper, The Cleveland Plan Dealer, where he knew fellow reporter Alton F. Baker, Sr. After Baker bought the Eugene Guard, he offered Tugman the job of managing editor. The Eugene Guard became the Register Guard and Tugman served as managing editor, then editor, for almost twenty-eight years until 1954. He then moved to Reedsport to buy the Port Umpqua Courier.

Tugman is noted for taking a public stance against the 1932 Zorn-Macpherson bill that would have combined University of Oregon and Oregon State College together into one university, located in Corvallis. In 1984, part of Eugene's Amazon Park was renamed to honor Tugman. There is also a William M. Tugman State Park near the Oregon coast.


[Source: UO Office of the President website:]

[Source: Eugene Register Guard articles:,6353435,1516041]


5.5 linear feet (5 containers) : 3 record storage boxes, 2 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



William M. "Bill" Tugman (1893-1961) served as the managing editor, then editor, of the Register Guard newspaper from 1927-1954. The collection contains correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, speeches, biographical information, and also business records of the Port Umpqua Courier.


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.

Other Finding Aids

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

Related Materials

Other collections relating to William M. Tugman and/or the Register Guard at Special Collections and University Archives include: Register-Guard records, Bx 007.

Correspondence regarding William M. Tugman can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives in: Mathew "Harris" Ellsworth papers, Ax 033; Robert W. Sawyer papers, Ax 100.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1971.

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 to no 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