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Victor H. Pelz papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 644

Scope and Contents

Business correspondence contains letters from when Pelz was a boy and sold copies of the Saturday Evening Post, 1902-1905. Later correspondence is from when Pelz was an agent for Curtis Publishing in Seattle. With the letters are sales bulletins, reports on contests, "carrot" letters, and promotional literature.

In all, there are about 400 letters.

Pelz's master thesis is a study regarding methods of managing and directing the work of traveling salesmen.


  • 1902-1918


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

Victor Hugo Pelz (1894-1968) was educated at Northwestern University and commenced an editorial, marketing, and sales career. He had a long working association with Curtis Publishing company. His father, E. E. Pelz was wholesale distributor for Curtis in Seattle.

He became a marketing expert, taught at the University of Wisconsin, Tulane, and Stanford University. He was the first editor of Food Field Reporter.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Victor Hugo Pelz (1894-1968) was an salesman, editor, and marketer for magazines and newspapers, and had a long working association with Curtis Publishing company. The collection (1902-1918) contains correspondence, sales bulletins, reports, publicity, and a copy of Pelz's masters thesis.


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, 1970s.

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 Victor H. Pelz Papers
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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