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Oddie (Tasker L.) Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • General
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Tasker L. Oddie papers
    Creator: Oddie, Tasker L. (Tasker Lowndes), 1870-1950
    Identifier/Call Number: mssOddie
    Physical Description: 12.84 Linear Feet (25 boxes, 4 rolls, 1 scrapbook)
    Date (inclusive): 1864-1891, 1906-1914
    Date (bulk): 1873, 1910-1914
    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 of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Grahame Hardy in 1953.

    Biographical / Historical

    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 Contents

    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. Materials created by US presidents include Theodore Roosevelt telegram to Tasker L. Oddie, 1911 March 15, and typescript copy of Theodore Roosevelt letter to Mr. Smith, 1911 January 31 (box 9); and William H. Taft typescript letter to Tasker L. Oddie, written and signed by his secretary Charles D. Hilles, 1911 June 7 (box 10).
    Persons represented by ten or more pieces:
    1. Adamson, L 18 pieces
    2. Amigo, Henry J 17 pieces
    3. Bray, W 14 pieces
    4. Brown, Hugh H 15 pieces
    5. Buchanan, J A 20 pieces
    6. Campbell, J 14 pieces
    7. Cookson, H H 55 pieces
    8. Howell, Eugene 43 pieces
    9. Jackson, Austin 113 pieces
    10. Johnson, Stephen 98 pieces
    11. Kinghorn, Frank J 19 pieces
    12. Landquist, J W 20 pieces
    13. Lindsay, James G 33 pieces
    14. McElroy, S T 16 pieces
    15. Miller, Thomas Woodnutt 18 pieces
    16. Moore, Sidney R 12 pieces
    17. Norcross, Charles A 11 pieces
    18. North, Miles E 16 pieces
    19. Oddie, Clarence 38 pieces
    20. Oddie, Tasker Lowndes 8 boxes pieces
    21. Panama-Pacific International Exposition Company. 21 pieces
    22. Pulver, C S 17 pieces
    23. Siebert, Fred J 35 pieces
    24. Skuse, John C 29 pieces
    25. Smith, Dix W 20 pieces
    26. Spencer, L B 24 pieces
    27. Stubbs, Joseph Edward 14 pieces
    28. Turrell, William H 15 pieces
    29. Wingfield, George 18 pieces

    Processing Information

    This finding aid was updated in 2022 by Melissa Haley as part of the American Presidential Papers Project with enhanced description of the presidential material present.

    General

    Former call number: mssOddie papers.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in 19 boxes in alphabetical order by author.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Governors -- Nevada -- Correspondence.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Nevada.
    Mining districts -- Nevada.
    Politicians -- Nevada -- Correspondence.
    Women -- Suffrage -- Nevada.
    Nevada -- History -- Sources.
    Nevada -- Politics and government.
    Bills (legislative records) -- Nevada.
    Letters (correspondence) -- Nevada.
    Oddie, Tasker L. (Tasker Lowndes), 1870-1950.
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
    Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)