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William James Crawford papers

Identifier: Ax 636

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains selected case files from 1949 to 1961. The case files in this collection were removed from a miscellaneous file that was later destroyed. The cases are: 1) First Baptist Church of La Grande, Oregon vs. Oregon State Baptist Convention, 1941-1953, a civil suit over money loaned for the construction of a church. 2) Indian Claims Commission, number 17, Snake or Paiute Indians vs. United States, 1941-1961, a suit to recover value of reservation land. The case files includes photocopies of U. S. Army and Bureau of Indian Affairs documents, 1864-1881, depositions by Indians, and correspondence. Among the documents is "1879 Appraisal of the Former Malheur Reservation, Eastern Oregon, Volume 1," Henry T. Murray, 1958. 3) National Labor Relations Board vs. Pacific American Shipowners Association, et al. This is a series of labor arbitration cases, 1951-1955, in which Crawford was referee. The collection also contains documents on several malpractice investigations by the Oregon Bar Association, 1950-1956.


  • Creation: 1949-1970


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

William James Crawford lived from 1907 to 1970 and worked as an attorney in Oregon. Crawford was born in The Dalles, Oregon and educated at the University of Oregon. He was an attorney in Burns and Portland, Oregon.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



William James Crawford was an attorney in Oregon. The collection contains selected case files. The major case is before the Indian Claims Commission, number 17, Snake River or Piute Indians v. United States, a suit to recover value of reservation land.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Case papers.

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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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA