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Henry Minor Esterly papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 684

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).


  • Creation: 1813-1839; 1904-1934


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

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.

Physical Description

1 manuscript box.

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 organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Henry Minor Esterly 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