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Albin Walter Norblad papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 680


Albin Walter Norblad, Sr. (1881-1960) served as Astoria's City Attorney from 1910-1915, was elected to the state Senate elected Senate President in 1929, and served as Governor of Oregon from 1929 to 1931. The collection contains speeches, correspondence, promotional and special interest literature, historical studies, right and left wing party literature, Oregon coast highway information, printed material and mementoes, and official papers of the Governor's office.


  • Creation: 1929-1931


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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

Albin Walter Norblad, Sr. (1881-1960) was born in Malmo, Sweden, and moved with his family to Michigan when he was a child. He became a lawyer and practiced first in Michigan then moved with his family to Astoria, Oregon. He served as Astoria's City Attorney from 1910-1915. He was elected to the state Senate in 1918 and was elected Senate President in 1929. As Senate President he succeeded to the governorship and served as Governor of Oregon from 1929 to 1931, but lost the Republication primary contest for Governor in 1930. After serving as Governor Norblad returned to Astoria to practice law. Norblad was known as one of the founders of the Oregon coast highway movement, otherwise known as the "Roosevelt Highway."

His son, A. Walter Norblad, Jr. served in the Oregon House of Representatives and the US Congress. His grandson, Albin W. Norblad III, is an Oregon Circuit Court judge (as of 2012).

Source: National Governors Association website:


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by A. Walter Norblad, Jr. in 1962.

Related Materials

Special Collections and University Archives holds the papers of Albin Walter Norblad's son, A. Walter Norblad, Jr.: A. Walter Norblad, Jr. papers, Ax 455.

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.

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. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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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