Scope and Content Note
Four boxes house Wilson's books, and three boxes hold his personal papers and early memorabilia. Included in the collection are three boxes of papers and memorabilia from other members of his family. Many items belonged to his mother, Rose Wilson, and a few from his father, Lewis Wilson. The bulk of the book series is from the mid 19th to the early 20th centuries.
Seven boxes hold material relating to Wilson's public service activities. Four boxes pertain to his 14-year connection with the Oregon State Game Commission from 1935-1949. One box includes material from his service on the Oregon Agricultural College Board of Regents in 1906-1915 and 1925-1929, and material from his service on the Oregon State College Memorial Union Board of Governors in 1925-1961. The Board of Regents materials include correspondence from 1907- 1912 with other regents, such as B. F. Irvine, Clara Waldo, Walter Pierce, and James K. Weatherford; and with state officials, such as Oswald West and Ben Olcott. Two boxes hold papers from Wilson's involvement with local development issues.
Ten boxes are real estate records, many from the Benton County Abstract Company, and comprise five series. One series consists of complete title abstracts; another contains title correspondence and search notes, arranged by city addition or township. Most of the real estate records cover the years 1901-1925 and are largely unprocessed.
The remainder of the collection, 17 boxes, consists of legal records from Wilson's law practice. All of these records are restricted until non-confidential materials are identified and processed.
More detailed descriptions of selected subgroups and series are included within the collection inventory.
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