Governor Charles A. Sprague's Administration

Record Descriptions

Administrative correspondence, 1938-1943

Budget records, 1939-1943

Extraditions, 1939-1943

Legal correspondence, 1939-1943

Legislative records, 1939-1943

Press releases, 1939-1943

Proclamations, 1939-1943

Special agents commissions, 1939-1943

Speeches, 1938-1944

Administrative correspondence


7 cubic feet

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject

Series documents the communications and activities of Governor Sprague's office. Series includes correspondence, informational pamphlets, and informationrequests.

Information includes financial analyses; names of board and commission members; agency heads; and emergency plans. Topics include natural resources, transportation, labor, taxation, recreation, federal programs, and foreign relations. Other subjects include child welfare, education, lumber, mining, patronage, pensions, polygamy, traffic safety, and youth.

Series also includes blackand whate photographs (4"x6" and 8"x10") of Governor Sprague, rotting apples at a dump site inHood River, Oregon, exhibits at the San Francisco world's Fair, army troops, shipbuilding yards at Portland, and segments of the Oregon Trail.

See the attached container list.

Photographs have been separated.




1.10 cubic feet

Arragement: alphabetical by county name

Series documents activities invluved in the extradition of criminals, both to and from the State of Oregon.

Records include action reports, travel vouchers for retrieving prisioners, extradition requests from other states, and investigation reports requested by the Governor to aid in his extradition decisions. Subjects include list of charges or indictments against criminals, reason for charges or indictments, and agreements of Attorney General with extradition request.


Legal correspondence


.2 cubic feet

Arrangement: chronological by month of letter

series documnts communications and activities concerning legal problems and questions. Series includes affidavits, depositions, legal briefs, and correspondence.

Correspondence includes requests for the Governor to intervene on judicial matters, complaints as to job conditions,requests for legal opinions, and reports of the costs for extraditions.

Affidavits state facts of case and include names of individuals involved, dates, and location of crime. Depositions include statements of witnesses and includes dates, locations, and individuals involved, while legal briefs contain facts of case, issues, and arguments.


Budget records


.1 cubic foot

Arrangement: chronological by date within budget year

Series documents the development and maintenance of the Executive Departments budget.

Series includes the Office of the Governor's adopted opeating budget as approved by the Legislative Assembly, correspondence, account breakdowns, and budget request drafts. Information includes dates, fund appropriations for each account, account name, expense items, salary amounts, and budget expenditures for accounts.


Legislative records


2 cubic feet

Arrangement: chronological by legislative session; numerical by bill number

Series documents the establishment of laws by the Oregon Legislative Assembly for the benefit of Governor Sprague's office.

Records include copies of legislative appropriation bills relating to the Governor's office, correspondence withLegislative Assembly members, opinions of the Executive Department concerning specific bills, and reports to the Governor from various interim committees.

Subjects of reports include industrialaccident compensation, motor transportation, and merit system for state employes. Opinions concern such subjects as meat inspection, rodent and predatory animal eradication, gas taxes, onion marketing, and standards for prunes.




.4 cubic foot

Arrangement: chronological by speech date

Series documents speeches made by the Governor to various groups, including the republican Voters of Oregon and the general public.

Topics of speeches include old ageassistance economic health in agriculture and commerce, jobs, prices for farm products, and racial and religious toleration.




.1 cubic foot

Arrangement: chronological by proclamation date

Series documents announcements made by the Governor on various activities or events. Contents include subject of proclamation, date, and signature of governor.

Subjects include establishment of a State Guard, the creation of State and County Defense Councils to direct civilian participation in defense of the state during World War II, and closure of forests due to extreme fire danger.


Press releases


.1 cubic foot

Arrangement: chronological by release date

Series documents gubernatorial press releases publicizing events, programs, and activities related to the Governor's office.

Information includes dates, subjects, and quotations from the Governor. Topics include unemployment, appointment of individuals to public jobs, celebration of holidays, and recognition of specific events.


Special agents commissions


.8 cubic foot

Arrangement: alphabetical by applicant name

Series documents authorization by the Governor of Oregon for individuals to act as special officers when the criminal laws of the state are not being executed.Series includes correspondence and reports concerning potential recipients of special officer status.

Information contents include date nd time of report, names and addresses, county name, police reports, and badge number. Subjects include the extent of liability of the Governor, police reports on individuals, and confirmation or denial of requests for special officer badges.

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