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Josephine "Jo" Simpson papers

Identifier: WUA105

Scope and Contents

The Josephine "Jo" Simpson papers include a large scrapbook documenting her years as a student at Willamette University from 1954 through her graduation in 1959. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, and other memorabilia. The rest of the material pertains to her successful campaign as a Republican candidate for representative for Oregon's District 10 and covers the years 1978-1980. Documents and memorabilia include financial documents, correspondence (1978-1993), newspaper clippings, campaign posters and fliers, polling samples and instructions, and items from her desk.


  • 1955-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1978-1980


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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Biographical / Historical

Josephine “Jo” Simpson was born Josephine Heald on March 20, 1937 in Brush, Colorado and moved with her family to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Simpson was a Willamette University graduate, class of 1959, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. While attending Willamette, she met her future husband, Robert G. Simpson, who was studying to be a lawyer in Willamette’s College of Law. They were married on the day of her graduation from Willamette. As a mother of three and an active participant in her community working at her children’s schools and as a member of the original board of citizens influential in the creation of Tryon Creek State Park, her concern was the needs of the citizens.

Jo Simpson also assisted with a number of Republican campaigns before deciding to run for state office. Influenced by Senator Robert “Bob” Packwood, she ran for State Representative for District 10 as a Republican in 1978 against Philip Lang who was the speaker of the house. With the help of her family through door-to-door campaigning, she was able to win the seat in 1979. She served one term. Simpson died in Portland, Oregon in 2011.


4 Linear Feet (5 boxes, one of which is oversized)


The Josephine “Jo” Simpson papers contain materials related to her student life at Willamette University (1954-1959) and her campaign to become a Republican representative for Oregon's District 10 (1978-1980).


Materials retain original order where known.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library
Guide to the Josephine "Jo" Simpson papers, 1955-1993
Finding aid processed by Hawi Muleta and Selicity Icefire.
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States