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Guide to the Travis Cross papers


Guide to the Travis Cross papers


The Travis Cross papers contain a variety of materials related to the work Cross did for Mark Hatfield as well as personal materials that cover the years 1950-2004.



Source Format

Collection Guide

Political Papers




Willamette University University Archives and Special Collections

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6764; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email:; URL:

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number



Materials are in English.


Materials retain original order whenever possible. Otherwise, materials are arraigned in alphabetical or chronological order.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Travis Cross was born in Salem, Oregon in March, 1927. Graduating from North Salem High School in 1944, he went to Stanford University to take a Political Science degree, but left in 1945 to join the Navy and fight in World War II. Returning in 1946, he attended Willamette University for two years, then went back to Stanford to complete his Political Science degree in 1949. It was while Cross was studying at Stanford that he met and became friends with Mark Hatfield.

Cross returned to Willamette University in the fall of 1949 to become Director of Information and Alumni Affairs. One year later he moved to Eugene to work as the assistant to the Chancellor of Higher Education, University of Oregon, where he served for seven years.

After Mark Hatfield became Secretary of State, Cross joined his staff, serving in various capacities during Hatfield's two years as Secretary of State and eight years as the Governor of Oregon. Cross was Hatfield’s press agent, chief political adviser, legislative liaison and deputy – to name but a few of his roles during those years.

Cross moved on to private public relations work in 1968 when Hatfield became a United States Senator. Among his clients were George Romney (Governor of Michigan), United States National Bank and the Columbia Broadcasting System. In March, 1969 Cross joined the University of California as Vice President for University Relations, where he served for six years.

Cross and his family moved back to Portland in 1975. For the next seventeen years he worked in public relations at St. Vincent Hospital, retiring in 1992. Cross battled Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years, and died from complications in 2004. He was survived by his wife, Beverly and their three children, Craig, Paul and Sara.


14 linear feet

Content Description

The Travis Cross papers contain a variety of materials related to the work Cross did for Mark Hatfield as well as personal materials that cover the years 1950-2004. Because Cross filled a variety of roles in his work with Secretary of State and Governor Hatfield, the materials in the collection are wide ranging in scope. Correspondence and memos covering the years 1950-1968 detail campaign strategy, office procedures for the governor’s staff, detailed analysis of contributor approaches and personal reflections.

Additionally there are copies of speeches given by Hatfield, campaign materials for the different campaigns Cross worked on for Hatfield, transcripts of talk programs and audio and visual recordings of interviews and speeches given by Travis Cross.

Materials covering the years 1968-1975 include correspondence with clients Cross worked for as a public relations consultant, his work as a volunteer on the 1972 campaign for President Richard Nixon and for various Republican fund raising campaigns. Correspondence from this time contains letters from Governor George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller, John Lindsay and Gerry Frank.


Willamette University

Cross, William Travis (1927-2004)

Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris) (1909-1998)

Hatfield, Mark O. (1922-2011)

Packwood, Bob (1932- )

Romney, George Wilcken (1907-1995)




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Restrictions on Access

These materials are open to researchers.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.


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