Scope and Contents
The collection contains two case files regarding free speech in Portland for Lincoln Steffens and George F. Vanderveer. There is also a file of speeches by Esterly.
The correspondence file contains letters exchanged between family members, from 1903 to 1934.
There is also a file of legal papers, and a docket book from 1813 to 1839, of Matthew Minor, Jr. (1780-1839).
- 1813-1839; 1904-1934
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Biographical / Historical
Henry Minor Esterly (1873-1944) was born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and educated at the University of Wisconsin. He came to Oregon in 1904 and practiced law. He was noted for his defense of persons charged under laws involving civil liberties.
He served as an Oregon member of the Democratic National Committee in 1914, and he was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.
0.5 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
Henry Minor Esterly (1873-1944) was a lawyer who came to Oregon in 1904, and was noted for his defense of civil liberties. The collection contains legal files regarding free speech cases in Portland, Oregon in 1921, correspondence, speeches, genealogy information of the Esterly and Minor families, and legal files of Matthew Minor, Jr.
1 manuscript box.
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 organization and rehousing.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Case files Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Civil rights -- United States -- Cases Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Civil rights lawyers -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Court records Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dockets Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Esterly, Henry Minor, 1873-1944
- Freedom of speech -- Oregon -- Portland -- History -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Freedom of speech -- United States -- Cases Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Genealogies (histories) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Lawyers -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Legal files Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Minor family
- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Oregon -- Politics and government -- 1859-1950 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936
- Vanderveer, George F. (George Francis), 1875-1942
- Guide to the Henry Minor Esterly Papers
- Complete Description
- Tanya Parlet
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- 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).