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Walter R. May letter collection

Identifier: WUA011

Scope and Contents

The Walter R. May letter collection consists of ten letters written to May in 1929. May wrote to a number of national leaders to ask what advice they would give to young people about to graduate. The letters include replies from a labor leader; the president of U.S. Steel; the president of American Telephone and Telegraph; and Herbert Hoover, President of the United States, among others.


  • 1929


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The 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 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.

Biographical / Historical

When these letters were collected in 1929, Walter R. May was editor of the morning edition of The Oregonian.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Walter R. May letter collection contains letters written in response to a request from May for ideas for his commencement speech at Willamette University in June 1929.


The folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Walter R. May, June 1929 (see letter in collection).
Guide to the Walter R. May letter collection, 1929
Finding aid processed by Rose Marie Walter.
© 2008
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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
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