Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Tasker L. Oddie Papers: Finding Aid
mssOddie papers  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (380.88 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Tasker L. Oddie Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1864-1891, 1906-1914
    Bulk dates: bulk 1873, 1910-1914
    Collection Number: mssOddie papers
    Creator: Oddie, Tasker L. (Tasker Lowndes), 1870-1950.
    Extent: 5,783 pieces in 25 boxes, 4 rolls, and 1 scrapbook.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists mainly of correspondence of Nevada governor and United States Senator Tasker L. Oddie (1870-1950) from the period 1910-1914 during his governorship. There are also Nevada State papers consisting almost entirely copies of legislative bills for the year 1873, and a small number of documents from other years. Subjects include: mining, politics, and government in Nevada (including divorce laws), women's rights, the financial panic of 1907, the Progressive party, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Tasker L. Oddie Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Grahame Hardy in 1953.

    Biographical Note

    Tasker Lowndes Oddie (1870-1950) was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 24, 1870. Educated in law, he was admitted to the New York Bar in 1895. In 1898 he immigrated to Nevada, where he engaged in mining, agricultural and livestock interests, and was instrumental in the development of the Tonopah and Goldfield silver and gold mining districts. Oddie entered political life early, serving as District Attorney of Nye County, Nevada, in 1901-1902, as State Senator from 1904-1908, Governor of Nevada 1910-1914, and U.S. Senator 1921-1933. During the First World War he was active in the Nevada District Bureau of the National War Resources Board. He married Daisy Rendall in 1916. Oddie died in San Francisco, California, on February 17, 1950.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists mainly of correspondence from the period 1910-1914, beginning when Oddie initiated his campaign for governor, and ending when he was about to terminate his administration. This correspondence is arranged in 19 boxes, in alphabetical order by author, of which boxes 1-11 contain correspondence directed to Oddie, and boxes 12-19 contain copies of Oddie's own correspondence to others. There are, in addition, 6 boxes and 4 rolls of Nevada State papers, almost entirely copies of legislative bills for the year 1873, and a small number of documents from other years.
    Subjects include: mining, politics, and government in Nevada (including divorce laws), women's rights, the financial panic of 1907, the Progressive party, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
    Persons represented by ten or more pieces:
    • Adamson, L 18 pieces
    • Amigo, Henry J 17 pieces
    • Bray, W 14 pieces
    • Brown, Hugh H 15 pieces
    • Buchanan, J A 20 pieces
    • Campbell, J 14 pieces
    • Cookson, H H 55 pieces
    • Howell, Eugene 43 pieces
    • Jackson, Austin 113 pieces
    • Johnson, Stephen 98 pieces
    • Kinghorn, Frank J 19 pieces
    • Landquist, J W 20 pieces
    • Lindsay, James G 33 pieces
    • McElroy, S T 16 pieces
    • Miller, Thomas Woodnutt 18 pieces
    • Moore, Sidney R 12 pieces
    • Norcross, Charles A 11 pieces
    • North, Miles E 16 pieces
    • Oddie, Clarence 38 pieces
    • Oddie, Tasker Lowndes 8 boxes pieces
    • Panama-Pacific International Exposition Company. 21 pieces
    • Pulver, C S 17 pieces
    • Siebert, Fred J 35 pieces
    • Skuse, John C 29 pieces
    • Smith, Dix W 20 pieces
    • Spencer, L B 24 pieces
    • Stubbs, Joseph Edward 14 pieces
    • Turrell, William H 15 pieces
    • Wingfield, George 18 pieces

    Arrangement

    Arranged in 19 boxes in alphabetical order by author.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Oddie, Tasker L. (Tasker Lowndes), 1870-1950.
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)
    Governors -- Nevada -- Correspondence.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Nevada.
    Mining districts -- Nevada.
    Politicians -- Nevada -- Correspondence.
    Women -- Suffrage -- Nevada.
    Nevada -- History -- Sources.
    Nevada -- Politics and government.

    Forms/Genres

    Bills (legislative records) -- Nevada.
    Letters (correspondence) -- Nevada.